Currently on PBS (Maryland) they are running a documentary titled "Pioneer Quest - A Year in the Real West". Tells of 2 couples that are living the lifestyle of the early settlers - horse drawn wagon, hand tools, building cabins, growing food, raising animals, etc. The documentary was listed as being filmed in 2000. I would suggest that you check out PBS.org to see if it is showing in your area or if you can purchase the tapes. Very interesting but definately HARD work during those early days.