Viewers can watch one of the last projects that the late Arch Ellwein was involved with when “The Missing Gold of the Little Big Horn” is broadcasted on the Travel Channel.
Ellwein, a longtime Sidney radio sports announcer and actor of historical figures, passed away suddenly on Oct. 2, 2018, at the age of 62.
Ellwein went down to Arizona during September in order to portray Captain Grant Marsh in the production.
“The Missing Gold of the Little Bighorn” is scheduled to be broadcasted on Feb. 4 at 9 p.m. central time and Feb. 5 at 11 p.m. central time. Description of the episode reads, “Josh and Jesse journey to Montana to track the steamship of famed Captain Grant Marsh, who rescued wounded soldiers from the Battle of the Little Bighorn and possibly left behind a buried cache of gold.”
Deb Crossland of Fort Buford and the Missouri-Yellowstone Confluence Interpretive Center said that Ellwein really enjoyed the opportunity of performing in that fashion.
“They were planning that for more than a year,” Crossland said. “I can’t wait to see it.”
Ellwein was an expert of portraying historical figures including Theodore Roosevelt, Sgt. John Ordway, buffalo hunter Vic Smith and Captain Grant Marsh. He performed coast-to-coast in more than 2,400 shows.
Marsh is probably best known as the Missouri River steamboat caption of the far West, which brought back the wounded after the Battle of the Little Bighorn in June 1876. He was considered a master steamboat pilot of the Upper Missouri River.
Marsh was active on the river for a period of more than 60 years, beginning at the age of 12. Toward the end of his life, in his mid-70s, he was reputed to be the oldest steamboat captain in active service in the United States.