Bonanza. Besides converting existing westerns like Laramie, Tales of Wells Fargo, and Outlaws to full color broadcasting for the 1961-62 season, NBC began experimenting with occasional color episodes in other genres such as for drama Dr. Kildare and for comedy The Joey Bishop Show. While networks like NBC had the massive budgets that could absorb these test runs of more expensive color film and development, it is remarkable that a syndicated series like Death Valley Days, which at the time was producing only 26 episodes per season, or two-thirds the standard 39 episodes, considered it worth the gamble to film and broadcast 3 episodes in color during their 11th season in fall 1962. Those episodes were "To Walk With Greatness" (November 12, 1962) starring Jody McCrea as a young John J. Pershing, "The Grass Man" (November 13, 1962) featuring Alvy Moore as Scottish botanist David Douglas, and "Davy's Friend" (November 14, 1962) with former Lassie star Tommy Rettig as a 15-year-old credited with capturing Mexican General Santa Anna during the Texas revolution. The episodes all featured a color version of the opening and closing shots of sponsor U.S. Borax's 20-mule team hauling wagons of their namesake mineral across the Death Valley desert. The series would increase the number of color episodes to 10 for Season 12 before going completely to color in Season 13. oregonencyclopedia.org, Douglas was searching for a different tree, the sugar pine, along the Umpqua River in October 1826 when he was confronted by what he thought were unfriendly Native Americans who found him shooting the cones out of a tree. When one brave said he wanted tobacco, Douglas obliged on the condition that they bring him more such cones, but once they left to search for them, he went in the opposite direction to avoid running into them again. There is no account of him escaping death with effervescent salts.
For the biography of Stanley Andrews, see the 1960 post on Death Valley Days.