A John Ford Film How the West Was Won," the Civil War A story of four generations of a pioneer family of New England farmers as they made their way west in the l840s, Describes the hard life and times of the Prescott's family across the continent and their fortune to the western shore after years of hardship, loss, love, war, danger and romance. The story touched all the bases: like runaway wagon trains a Indians stampeding Buffalo's; confused and erratic river rapids; the grandeur of Monument Valley, Utah; the rocky mountains the Black Hills of South Dakota; the clamor of gold in St. Louis the Cheyenne attack the Pony Express the overland telegraph; the coming of the steel roadway of the iron horse the bloody battle between cattlemen and homesteaders.
“How the West Was Won” Win an Academy Awards for Best Film Editing, Best Sound and Best Writing, Story and Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen of James R. Webb and also nominated for Academy Award for Best Art Direction Set Decoration, Color, Best Cinematography, Color, Best Costume Design, Color, Best Music, Score Substantially Original Alfred Newman and Ken Darby and Best Picture.
The film has also been selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry. Popular western author Louis L'Amour.