Ten fun facts about Hell on Wheels


Fact 1
The series centers on the settlement that accompanied the construction of First Transcontinental Railroad.

Fact 2
The First Transcontinental Railroad was referred to as "Hell on Wheels" by the construction workers, laborers, prostitutes, mercenaries, and others who make the mobile encampment their home.

Fact 3
Filming of the first season took place in Calgary, as well as in central and southern Alberta, Canada.


Fact 4
The T’suu T’ina Native Indian Reservation, an Indian reserve in southern Alberta, was the location for most of the exteriors.

Fact 5
It stars Anson Mount as Cullen Bohannon, a former Confederate soldier who worked as a foreman on the railroad while attempting to track down the Union soldiers who murdered his wife and young son. He later becomes the chief engineer.

Fact 6
Exterior filming of the second season was near the Bow River in Calgary.

Fact 7
The show received favorable reviews online and from critics.

Fact 8
The pilot, which premiered Nov. 6, 2011, was watched by 4.4 million viewers—AMC's second-highest series premiere in history, following The Walking Dead.

Fact 9
In January 2012, following the season one finale, AMC confirmed Hell on Wheels as the network's second-highest rated original series, behind The Walking Dead, averaging three million viewers per episode.

Fact 10
The show frequently gets compared with Deadwood, another gritty revisionist television Western.


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is an American Western television series.

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