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.