Thursday, August 2, 2007
Wild Bill Hickock
Today we feature an old photograph of James Butler "Wild Bill" Hickock. Hickock was one of the West's most notorious characters. He is remembered as a soldier, scout, lawman, gambler and gunfighter. He had a habit of always sitting in the corner, so he could see all entrances and exits to a room. It was on this day (August 2nd) in the year 1876 that he entered Nuttal and Mann's Saloon in Deadwood, Dakota Territory, and was unable to take his traditional seat in the corner. He began playing poker. Several minutes later he was shot in the back of the head by Jack McCall. At the instant he was shot, his poker hand had a pair of aces and a pair of eights. To this day this poker hand is known as the "Dead Man's Hand".