How the West Was Won

The How the West Was Won Memorial Day Marathon

Follow the adventures of the Macahan family in this Special 3-Part Mini-Series! Zeb Macahan reunites with his family and leads them on the perilous journey west from Virginia, just as the Civil War breaks out. When tragedy strikes, Zeb, a well-known mountain man and scout, finds himself the head of the family, responsible for protecting and defending them.

The How the West Was Won Memorial Day Marathon


Mountain man, Zebulan Macahan has a renowned reputation as a trapper, trader and scout for the U.S. Army, working the Indian Territories in the early 1860s. He makes a good living and is comfortable in his lifestyle. But trouble is brewing, as the Civil War breaks out. Concerned about family he hasn’t seen in years, living in Manassas, Virginia, Zeb treks back east to reunite with his brother, Tim, Tim’s wife, Kate and their sons, Luke and Josh and daughters, Jessie and Laura. Now the war is coming too close to home, so the family packs up and Zeb leads them west, hoping to settle in Oregon. They get as far as Nebraska, and decide to homestead there for the winter until they can continue on to Oregon.

As the war escalates, Tim heads back to Virginia to bring his and Zeb’s parents west, but when he doesn’t return within a reasonable time, Luke leaves to look for him. Both Luke and Tim, unbeknownst to the other, are involuntarily drafted into the Union Army. When his entire platoon is killed, Luke deserts and starts to make his way back to Zeb and his family. Luke is now a wanted man and on the run, as a sheriff he shot in self-defense will not stop hunting him down until he sees Luke hang. Meanwhile, life at the homestead is not without its own drama. A renegade mountain man escapes jail and goes gunning for Zeb, who put him behind bars for killing innocent Indians.

Over the years, adventures abound, from Luke keeping just steps ahead of the vengeful sheriff to a tragedy that brings Kate’s sister, Molly Culhane, a wealthy Chicago widow west, to Zeb fighting for his family, not to mention, hints of sweet romance.

Join the Macahan clan in these special airings of How the West Was Won on INSP!


How the West Was Won: Provost Marshall

Army scout, Zeb Macahan, returns back East to help his brother’s widow and her three children. Meanwhile, a bounty hunter, who has been commissioned as a provost marshal, is hunting down army deserters, and Zeb’s nephew is at the top of his list.


How the West Was Won: Erika

The Simonites attempt to prevent a shootout between Zeb and a bounty hunter. Luke’s girl brings Zeb to his hiding place. Luke shares with Zeb that he is gaining his strength back and considering remaining with the Simonites.


How the West Was Won: Bowie John Christie

Zeb attempts to lead a boy to safety and then return to the Arikara Indian camp to rescue the boy’s father. Meanwhile, the Macahan family is under attack by hostile Indians and Luke’s girl may join him on the trail.