The production was of the highest quality, recorded, as they were, at Studio B located in the famous Capitol Records building in Hollywood during the 1962 to 1963 timeframe. By 1965 they had begun airing in the Pacific theatre over the Armed Forces Korea Network and the Far East Network.The acting talent for this production was absolutely top notch, backed by some of West Coast Radio's finest voice talent from the famous earlier Golden Age of Radio era. Radio giants Harry Bartell, Ben Wright, Les Tremayne, Karl Swenson, Sam and Jack Edwards, Howard Culver, Herb Ellis, Jay Novello, Jack Kruschen, Frank Gerstle and John Stevenson formed the core of most of the ensemble voice talent over the thirteen episode production.
William Lally helmed the production from start to finish, with writing credits to Carl and William Tundberg. Legendary sound engineer Gene Twombley handled the sound shaping for the run, and Radio standby Rye Billsbury handled the announcing chores for the run requesting billing as Michael Rye. The entire run aired, complete, over the Armed Forces Korea Network, the Far East Network, and the Armed Forces Network of the European theatre between 1965 and 1967, often in rebroadcasts.
Chapter #07 'To the Pacific' Covers the push to surmount the Rocky Mountains via the Bitterroot Range and begin the exploration of a route to the Pacific Ocean via the Columbia River--a period between approximately August 1805 to December 1805. The Corps establishes an early winter camp at Fort Clatsop and deliberates whether to push ahead or wait until the Spring to make the push to the Pacific Ocean. They push ahead to the mouth of the Columbia River at the Pacific Ocean, then retrace their route back to Fort Clatsop to make Winter there.