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Original Location of Nuttall & Mann's #10 Saloon


Original site of Number 10 Saloon in Deadwood, South Dakota

The original location of the Number Ten Saloon in Deadwood now houses a bar and was for

sale at the time this photo was taken, Kathy Weiser, September, 2011. No known photo of the

original saloon exists.

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The original location of Nuttall & Mann's #10 Saloon was at 624 Main Street, but, the building burned down in the tragic fire of 1879. There are no known photographs of the original saloon. Today, the original location is occupied by a bar. In 1938, a "new" Old Style Saloon #10 was recreated across the street at 657 Main Street, which continues to operate today (see next page.)


It was at this original location that Wild Bill Hickok was shot by Jack McCall on August 2, 1876. The prior evening when Hickok was playing poker with several men, including McCall, Jack lost heavily.  Wild Bill generously gave him back enough money to buy something to eat, but advised him not to play again until he could cover his losses.  This obviously humiliated McCall who would take his revenge the next day.


The next afternoon when Wild Bill entered Nuttall & Mann's Saloon he found Charlie Rich sitting in his preferred seat. After some hesitation, Wild Bill joined the game, reluctantly seating himself with his back to the door and the bar---a fatal mistake. Jack McCall, drinking heavily at the bar, saw Hickok enter the saloon, taking a seat at his regular table in the corner near the door.


McCall slowly walked around to the corner of the saloon where Hickok was playing his game. From under his coat, McCall pulled a double-action .45 pistol, shouted "Take that! and shot Wild Bill Hickok in the back of the head, killing him instantly.  Hickok had been holding a pair of eights, and a pair of Aces, which has ever since been known as the "dead man's hand."






More than a decade after Nuttall & Mann's #10 Saloon burned down in 1879, the new I.H. Chase Building was built in 1898, which housed a clothing store until 1903.  When Chase moved out, Frank X. Smith opened a beer hall, which proudly advertised itself as a "metropolitan resort." Later it housed the Eagle Inn, the sign of which still hangs on the upper portion of the building. Downstairs is an interpretive site that tells visitors all about the curse of the dead man's hand, and the man who made it famous.


This and other buildings on the block later served as part of Deadwood's infamous Green Door District. On the upper levels were the original location of several of Deadwood's brothels, including Pam's Purple Door, one of the last to close in Deadwood in 1980. Today, the second story windows are decorated with scantily dressed mannequins, who beckon to the street below, much as the real painted ladies of Deadwood's past once did.



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Kathy Weiser/Legends of America, December, 2012.


Wild Bill Hickok shot by Jack McCall

In the basement of the Wild West Winners Casino is a interpretive display of the what happened on the day that

Wild Bill Hickok was killed. Kathy Weiser, July, 2006.


Also See:


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Deadwood - Rough & Tumble Mining Camp

Haunted Bullock Hotel

HBO's Deadwood - Facts & Fiction

Jack McCall - Cowardly Killer of Wild Bill Hickok

The Painted Ladies of Deadwood Gulch

Wild Bill Hickok & the Deadman's Hand

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