"Bonanza" episode
Season 3, Episode 21
#87 in Series
Air date February 11, 1962
Guest starring:
Written by Borden Chase
Directed by Jesse Hibbs
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The Auld Sod
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The Jackknife
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The area is in the grip of a deadly drought. The farmers hope to use the water near the Ponderosa, but the ranchers violently object to the idea. To ward off a war over water, the Cartwrights help dig a well and build a windmill to help the farmers.


A drought has ravaged the flat lands and Hoss stops to water at the Ganther farm where Jason Ganther is attempting to dig a well and get to water which he believes is just a few further feet down. Hoss decides to help him and they begin drilling for water. Meanwhile ranchers in the high country have started up a vigilante group to keep families from leaving the flat lands and settling in the high country where water is plentiful. Disgusted by the vigilantes the entire Cartwright family soon begins helping the Ganthers. Tensions mount between the two groups as the Cartwrights race against time to find the water before violence erupts.

Cast and CharactersEdit

The Cartwrights




Did you know?Edit

  • German episode title: "Kampf ums Wasser", meaning "Fight for Water".


"Well now it's finally happened - the sun's fried his brains so he doesn't make sense anymore."
Joe about Hoss[src]



Bonanza Gift of Water

Bonanza Gift of Water

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