May 27, 1837 - James
Butler Hickok born in Troy Grove,
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.
1858 - Elected as
constable in Monticello,
1859-60 - Driving
freight wagons on the
Santa Fe Trail.
Spring, 1861 - Hires
on as a stock tender at
Rock Creek Station,
July 12, 1861 -
Shoot-out with David McCanles and two other men at Rock Creek Station, Nebraska, later known as the
1861 - Enlisted in
the Union Army as a civilian scout. While in
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.
July 21, 1865 -
After an argument over a poker game, Hickok and
Dave Tutt shoot it out in the public square in
Tutt is killed.
1869 - Hired as
special marshal of Hays City, Kansas.
August 24, 1869 - Shot and killed a man named Bill Mulrey in Hays City.
September 27, 1869 - Gunfight with a ruffian named Samuel Strawhan in Hays City.
April 15, 1871 -
Hickok replaced Tom Smith as Marshal of Abilene,
October 5, 1871 -
Hickok kills Phil Coe in an altercation in an Abilene saloon. In the
confusion, he also shoots his deputy, Mike Williams.
Buffallo Bill's Wild West Show.
March 5, 1876 -
marries Agnes Lake Thatcher who he had met while in Abilene.
July, 1876 -
Charlie Utter's wagon train delivers
Calamity Jane, and a bevy of "new" prostitutes to Deadwood, South
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
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