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 "Wild Bill, 'devoid of vanity,' was born to fame and notoriety as James Butler Hickok, in La Salle County, Illinois, 1837; he drove on the Santa Fé Trail before the Civil War; served with the 'Red Legs' and other forces during the conflict; scouted with the military against warring Indians afterwards; served as marshal at Hays and Abilene during their boisterous days; joined Buffalo Bill's wild west show; returned to the Plains again to gamble and ramble; and was killed during the rush to Deadwood in 1876."

 

 

-- William Elsey Connelley in his 1933 book
Wild Bill and His Era: The Life and Adventures of James Butler Hickok.

 

 

James Butler "Wild Bill" Hickok

James Butler "Wild Bill" Hickok

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For someone "devoid of vanity," James Butler Hickok must have had his picture made more than any other figure in the American West. At a time when some of the many famous men and women of the West never had even one photograph of themselves taken, Bill Hickok had his made over and over again.

Once his fame began to spread, the photos appear to get better and better as he embellishes his image by growing his hair to an unusual length and wearing "natty" clothes. Hickok said he grew his hair long as a challenge to those scalp seeking Indians he had been fighting so often. However, most others of the time were of the opinion that his long, flowing locks were grown for vanity.

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Bill Hickok in 1858

James Butler Hickok had not yet earned the nickname of "Wild Bill" when this photo was taken in 1858. He was just 21 years old.

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Bill Hickok in 1859.

Bill Hickok in 1859.

 

 

 

Bill Hickok 1863

Bill Hickok holding a cigar and a bag of tobacco in 1863.

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Wild Bill Hickok

Bill Hickok in 1867.

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Bill Hickok

Bill Hickok

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Another Hickok pose in 1867.

Another Hickok pose in 1867.

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Bill Hickok in 1867

Hickok in 1867.

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Wild Bill Hickok

James Butler "Wild Bill" Hickok

in buckskins in 1869.

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Bill Hickok with "Texas Jack" OPmohundro and Buffallo Bill Cody.

Bill Hickok with "Texas Jack" Opmohundro and Buffallo Bill Cody.

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Wild Bill Hickok

Wild Bill Hickok

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Bill Hickok Painting

James Butler Hickok Painting

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Wild Bill Hickok

Wild Bill Hickok

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Bill Hickok vintage postcard

Bill Hickok vintage postcard.

 

 

Bill Hickok

Bill Hickok

 

 

 

 

Timeline

 

May 27, 1837 - James Butler Hickok born in Troy Grove, Illinois.

 

1855 - Goes to Kansas and gets a job in Monticello driving a stage coach on the Santa Fe and Oregon Trails. Here he meets Buffallo Bill Cody.

Age 18

 

1858 - Elected as constable in Monticello, Kansas.

Age 21

 

1859-60 - Driving freight wagons on the Santa Fe Trail.

Age 22-23

 

Spring, 1861 - Hires on as a stock tender at Rock Creek Station, Nebraska.

Age 23

 

July 12, 1861 - Shoot-out with David McCanles and two other men at Rock Creek Station, Nebraska, later known as the McCanles Massacre.

Age 24

 

1861 - Enlisted in the Union Army as a civilian scout. While in Independence, Missouri he encounters a drunken mob with intentions of hanging a bartender. Hickok stops the mob and a grateful woman shouts, "Good for you, Wild Bill!” She may have mistaken Hickok for someone else, but the name stuck.

Age 24

 

July 21, 1865 - After an argument over a poker game, Hickok and Dave Tutt shoot it out in the public square in Springfield, Missouri. Tutt is killed.

Age 28

 

1869 - Hired as special marshal of Hays City, Kansas.

Age 32

 

 

August 24, 1869 - Shot and killed a man named Bill Mulrey in Hays City.

Age 32

 

 

September 27, 1869 - Gunfight with a ruffian named Samuel Strawhan in Hays City.

Age 32

 

April 15, 1871 - Hickok replaced Tom Smith as Marshal of Abilene, Kansas

Age 33

 

October 5, 1871 - Hickok kills Phil Coe in an altercation in an Abilene saloon. In the confusion, he also shoots his deputy, Mike Williams.

Age 33

 

1873 - Hickok joins Buffallo Bill's Wild West Show.

Age 35

 

March 5, 1876 - Hickok marries Agnes Lake Thatcher who he had met while in Abilene.

Age 38

 

July, 1876 - Colorado Charlie Utter's wagon train delivers Hickok, Calamity Jane, and a bevy of "new" prostitutes to Deadwood, South Dakota .

Age 39

 

August 2, 1876 - Jack McCall, bested at the table by Wild Bill Hickok the day before, enters Nuttall and Mann's No. 10 Saloon in Deadwood, South Dakota and shoots Hickok in the back of the head. Hickok dies instantly, and his scattered cards - a pair each of black aces and black eights along with a jack of diamonds - become known as the "dead man's hand."

Age 39

 

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Black Hills Historic Characters & Tales

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Wild Bill - 1867 Harper's Weekly Article

Wild Bill Hickok & the Deadman's Hand

 

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