The Legend of Jesse James

Josh Gates poses with a member of a 19th century gun club in Oklahoma
Josh journeys across the Midwest in search of the legendary golden loot of famed American outlaw Jesse James. Along the way, Josh debunks myths about James, rappels off a cliff in the Wichita Mountains and follows treasure hunters into Buzzards Roost.

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The Legend of Jesse James

The Legend of Jesse James

Travel Channel's Expedition Unknown delves into the myths and legends of Jesse James’ infamous gang and its lost gold bullion. 960 1280

  

Buzzard's Roost

Buzzard's Roost

In an attempt to recover some of Jesse James’ lost gold, host Josh Gates tries out some high-tech treasure hunting with Jamie Dodson outside Buzzard's Roost in Oklahoma. 960 1280

  

Mother's Grave

Mother's Grave

The grave of legendary American outlaw Jesse James' mother is right outside his childhood home. 960 1280

  

Popular Treasure-Hunting Location

Popular Treasure-Hunting Location

As the sun sets over Buzzard’s Roost, a popular treasure-hunting location, Josh believes the surrounding fields may hold the final clues to the location of Jesse James' lost treasure. 960 1280

  

Robbers Cave State Park

Robbers Cave State Park

Beautiful Robbers Cave served as a refuge for many famous outlaws, including Jesse James and Belle Starr. 960 1280

  

Horseshoe Carving

Horseshoe Carving

Josh and Bud Hardcastle find a carving of a horseshoe and an arrow on a rock in Robbers Cave State Park in Oklahoma. It’s possible that this symbol provides directions to Jesse James' lost treasure. 960 1280

  

Traveling Like Jesse James

Traveling Like Jesse James

Josh hops on a burro in an attempt to re-create the ride Jesse James and his gang went on through the forests of Springfield, MO, traveling more than 800 miles on burros strapped with gold. 960 1280

  

Authentic 19th-Century Guns

Authentic 19th-Century Guns

A look at Bryan Ivlow's collection of authentic 19th-century guns. These are the kinds of firearms Jesse James and his crew used at the height of their crime sprees. 960 1280

  

Smile for the Camera

Smile for the Camera

Josh poses with a group of cowboy re-enactors after testing a Jesse James gun myth. 960 1280

  

Meeting the Comanche Leader

Meeting the Comanche Leader

After traveling to the Comanche reservation, Josh speaks with tribal leader Samuel E.D. Vinney about Jesse James' interactions with the tribe. 960 1280

  

Authentic Drum Circle

Authentic Drum Circle

Upon Josh’s arrival, the Comanche reservation hosts an authentic drum circle. 960 1280

  

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