James Butler “Wild Bill” Hickok


James Butler “Wild Bill” Hickok Famous memorial

Troy Grove, LaSalle County, Illinois, USA
Death 2 Aug 1876 (aged 39)
Deadwood, Lawrence County, South Dakota, USA
Burial Deadwood, Lawrence County, South Dakota, USA
Plot Section 1, Lot 71
Memorial ID 479 View Source

Western Figure. Born in Troy Grove, near Ottawa, Illinois, he took part in the Kansas struggle preceding the Civil War, was a driver of the Butterfield stage line, and gained fame as a gunfighter. He was an assistant station tender for the Pony Express at the Rock Creek, Nebraska station. He served as a Union scout in the Civil War. After the war he became deputy United States Marshal at Fort Riley (1866), Marshal of Hays, Kansas (1869), and Marshal of Abilene (1871). His reputation as a marksman in desperate encounters with outlaws made him a frontier legend. Hickok once shot and killed his own deputy in error, which was the downfall of his career as a lawman. After a tour of the East with Buffalo Bill Cody's Wild West Show(1872 to 1873), he went to Deadwood, South Dakota where he was murdered by Jack McCall while playing cards at the #10 Saloon. The hand Hickok had held, a pair of Aces and a pair of Eights, thereafter became known as "The Dead Man's Hand."

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  • Maintained by: Find a Grave
  • Added: 31 Dec 2000
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 479
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for James Butler “Wild Bill” Hickok (27 May 1837–2 Aug 1876), Find a Grave Memorial ID 479, citing Mount Moriah Cemetery, Deadwood, Lawrence County, South Dakota, USA ; Maintained by Find a Grave .