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Wild Bill Hickok & the Deadman's Hand

James Butler Hickok was a stage driver, military scout, lawman and gunfighter. He was shot dead while playing poker in Deadwood, South Dakota.

When Bill Hickok was 17, he went to work as a towpath driver on the Illinois and Michigan Canal. However, a year later, he left his home state of Illinois and headed to Kansas getting a job driving a stage coach on the Santa Fe and Oregon Trails. One of the first people he was to meet in Kansas was Bill Cody, who would later claim fame with his Buffalo Bill Wild West Show.

In 1855, stagecoaches were often subject to the threats of bandits and Indians along the trail and Bill quickly put his marksmanship to work, as well as developing a ready belligerence to the frequent attacks.

Wild Bill headed back to Kansas where he accepted a position as a peace officer on March 22, 1858. Sometime after that he worked for the Pony Express and Overland Express station in Rock Creek, Nebraska.

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Abilene, KS - Old Town

Abilene, KS - Old Town

Abilene, KS - Old Town Bill Hickok's Cabin

Abilene, KS - Old Town Bill Hickok's Cabin

Bill Hickok - On the Cover of Magazine, 1867

Bill Hickok - On the Cover of Magazine, 1867

Bill Hickok & Dave Tutt

Bill Hickok & Dave Tutt

Bill Hickok & Horse in the Water

Bill Hickok & Horse in the Water

Bill Hickok Bidding Farewell

Bill Hickok Bidding Farewell

Bill Hickok Fighting With the Mcclanles Gang

Bill Hickok Fighting With the Mcclanles Gang

Bill Hickok Springfield, Missouri Gunfight

Bill Hickok Springfield, Missouri Gunfight

Bill Hickok Warned of Attack

Bill Hickok Warned of Attack

Bill Hickok, lawman & gunfighter, 1858

Bill Hickok,  lawman & gunfighter, 1858

Bill Hickok, lawman & gunfighter

Bill Hickok, lawman & gunfighter

Bill Hickok, lawman & gunfighter

Bill Hickok, lawman & gunfighter

Bill Hickok, lawman & gunfighter

Bill Hickok, lawman & gunfighter

Bill Hickok, lawman & gunfighter painting

Bill Hickok, lawman & gunfighter painting

Bill Hickok, lawman & gunfighter, 1863

Bill Hickok, lawman & gunfighter, 1863

Bill Hickok, lawman & gunfighter, 1867

Bill Hickok, lawman & gunfighter, 1867

Bill Hickok, lawman & gunfighter, 1871

Bill Hickok, lawman & gunfighter, 1871

Bill Hickok, lawman & gunfighter, standing in buckskins

Bill Hickok, lawman & gunfighter, standing in buckskins

Bill Hickok, lawman and gunfighter

Bill Hickok, lawman and gunfighter

Bill Hickok, lawman and gunfighter, standing

Bill Hickok, lawman and gunfighter, standing