My homage to an ambitious and gorgeous tv show!
John G. Stephens
Jeffrey Hayden
Executive Producer:
John Mantley

The Cast:

James Arness as Uncle Zeb

James Arness was honored by the Gene Autry Museum of Western
Heritage in LA on October 1, 1999.  Music was provided by Johnny Crawford and
His Dance Orchestra. Bruce Boxleitner attended.
Jim's official web site is

Kate Macahan - Eva Marie Saint
Luke Macahan - Bruce Boxleitner
Laura Macahan - Kathryn Holcomb
Josh Macahan - William Kirby Cullen
Jessie Macahan - Vicki Schreck
Molly Culhane - Fionnula Flanagan

 Luke & Molly

See more detail:         
The Macahans - 3 hours - 1976
How the West Was Won - 6 hours - 1977
How the West Was Won - 20 hours - 1978
How the West Was Won - 11 2-hour episodes - 1979
The above pages include some screen captures from the show itself, thanks to Becky Murphy!
To see all the screen captures I've gotten go to the Frames Page.

Play or download the Title Theme
836k wav file (Thanks to Alex T.)
or the end title theme  902k MP3 file (performed and recorded by Leif Säve)
See below for some information and links for Native American actors
There are interviews and articles
on the BBLibrary page dating from this time.

   Design by WeinWalker Studios

James Arness and Bruce Boxleitner worked together several other times. Bruce was a guest in the very last "Gunsmoke" tv episode, "The Sharecroppers," in 1975. And they both starred in the tv movie "Red River," in 1988, and of course "Gunsmoke: One Man's Justice" in 1994.

Some links:

Tamara's Gunsmoke page, where you can find more Gunsmoke page links.

The Internet Movie Database has entries for The Macahans and HTWWW.

Try the Internet Movie Database entry for Mr. Arness.
Unfortunately, there does not seem to be any sound track recording of the theme music. See the above sound files.
Luke There are western items for sale at The Old West Shop.

Many Native American actors appeared on this show. Here are three:

Duane Loken

Duane Loken
played Wolf Paw
in "The Enemy."

There's a web page for Duane. 
He became a star in Scandinavia due to his appearance in this episode, with an acting and a recording career.


Ray Tracey
This is Ray Tracey,
who played the young Navajo Tilo
in the 1978 20-hour arc.
Here is his page .

He went on to be a successful designer of jewelry, which can be seen *here


The late Vincent St. Cyr, as the Ponca Chief in The Macahans.

He was a Korean War veteran in the U.S. Marine Corps and began his acting career in 1960. He returned to Winnebago, NE in 1978, where he was employed as an emergency technician and community health representative from 1980 to 1982. He also kept active with his acting career, doing educational programs for children in Omaha, Neb. He was a member the Native American Church and the Screen Actors Guild.

Be sure to visit the comprehensive page of links

Go to HTWWW pg 2 Go to HTWWW pg 3 Go to HTWWW pg 4