Friday, December 11, 2015

James Butler Hickok

We finish up the Old West Week here at OPOD with this picture of James Butler "Wild Bill" Hickok, perhaps one of the most notorious figures of the West. He was famous for his exploits as a gunfighter, gambler, lawman, Civil War hero and Indian Scout.

Hickok worked as a stagecoach driver, a frontier lawman in Kansas and Nebraska, and then fought in the Civil War. He was a skilled scout, marksman, and professional gambler, and was involved in a number of gunfights.

He was shot from behind and killed while playing poker in Deadwood, Dakota Territory The poker hand he held when he was shot has become known as the "Dead Man's Hand", which was two aces and two 8's.

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