FOLK HERO BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1837

WildBillHickok
 
    James Butler Hickok
(May 27, 1837 – August 2, 1876)

He was known as Wild Bill Hickok, a legend of the American Old
West
. His skills as a gunfighter and scout, along with his reputation
as a lawman and professional gambler, resulted in his fame, though
some of his exploits are fictionalized.

Hickok came to the West as a stagecoach driver, then became a
lawman in the frontier territories of Kansas and Nebraska. Hickok
was involved in several notable shootouts. He was shot and killed
while playing poker in a saloon in Deadwood, Dakota Territory,
now South Dakota.

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deadwood_wild_bill_hickok_grave
The grave marker of Wild Bill in Deadwood, South Dakota

posted by Bob Karm in Action/Adventure,ANNIVERSARY,BIRTHDAY,DEATH,HISTORY,WESTERN and have Comments (2)

2 Responses to “FOLK HERO BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1837”

  1. JOE COOK says:

    VERY SUPERSTISOUS…..WHEN PLAYING POKER
    HE WOULD ALWAYS SIT WITH HIS BACK AGAINST
    …..EXCEPT THIS DAY! HE WAS SHOT IN THE
    BACK BY JACK MCCALL, AKA “BROKEN NOSE”
    JACK MCCALL. WILD BILL WAS HOLDING TWO
    PAIR AT THE TIME…..ACES AND EIGHTS, KNOWN
    IN POKER TODAY AS THE DEADMANS HAND! I
    THINK I WOULD FOLD IF I GOT THOSE CARDS!!!

  2. JOE COOK says:

    VERY SUPERSTISOUS…..WHEN PLAYING POKER
    HE WOULD ALWAYS SIT WITH HIS BACK AGAINST THE WALL, EXCEPT THIS DAY! HE WAS SHOT IN THE BACK BY “BROKEN NOSE” JACK
    MCCALL. WILD BILL WAS HOLDING TWO PAIR AT
    THE TIME…..ACES AND EIGHTS, KNOWN IN
    POKER TODAY AS THE DEADMANS HAND!
    I THINK I WOULD FOLD IF I GOT THOSE CARDS!!!

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