Wild Bill Hickok is probably the most famous Deadwood resident, even though he was only in town a few short weeks.  James Butler Hickok arrived in Deadwood, along with Colorado Charlie Utter and Calamity Jane, in July of 1876.  He was a well-known gambler and gunslinger, participating in many shootouts before coming to Deadwood. He was killed on August 2, 1876 when Jack McCall shot him from behind while playing poker.

Wild Bill Hickok is probably the most famous Deadwood resident, even though he was only in town a few short weeks. James Butler Hickok arrived in Deadwood, along with Colorado Charlie Utter and Calamity Jane, in July of 1876. He was a well-known gambler and gunslinger, participating in many shootouts before coming to Deadwood. He was killed on August 2, 1876 when Jack McCall shot him from behind while playing poker.

Wild Bill Hickok 1837-1876

Wild Bill Hickok 1837-1876

Wild Bill had his faults, grievous ones, perhaps ... He would get drunk, gamble, and indulge in the general licentiousness characteristic of the border in the early days.....

Wild Bill had his faults, grievous ones, perhaps ... He would get drunk, gamble, and indulge in the general licentiousness characteristic of the border in the early days.....

James Butler Hickok (May 27, 1837 – August 2, 1876), better known as Wild Bill Hickok, was a folk hero of the American Old West. His skills as a gunfighter and scout, along with his reputation as a lawman, provided the basis for his fame, although some of his exploits are fictionalized.

James Butler Hickok (May 27, 1837 – August 2, 1876), better known as Wild Bill Hickok, was a folk hero of the American Old West. His skills as a gunfighter and scout, along with his reputation as a lawman, provided the basis for his fame, although some of his exploits are fictionalized.

James Butler Hickok (May 27, 1837 – August 2, 1876), better known as Wild Bill Hickok, was a folk hero of the American Old West. His skills as a gunfighter and scout, along with his reputation as a lawman, provided the basis for his fame, although some of his exploits are fictionalized.

James Butler Hickok (May 27, 1837 – August 2, 1876), better known as Wild Bill Hickok, was a folk hero of the American Old West. His skills as a gunfighter and scout, along with his reputation as a lawman, provided the basis for his fame, although some of his exploits are fictionalized.

Wild Bill Hickok, (1837–1876), lawman, Hays, Kansas & Abeline, Kansas.

Wild Bill Hickok, (1837–1876), lawman, Hays, Kansas & Abeline, Kansas.

Arguably the first and greatest gunfighter of the Old West, Wild Bill Hickok wears his own clothing in this 1865-66 photo.

Arguably the first and greatest gunfighter of the Old West, Wild Bill Hickok wears his own clothing in this 1865-66 photo.

American Hauntings: The Murder of Wild Bill Hickok

American Hauntings: The Murder of Wild Bill Hickok

Wild Bill Hickok Biography - Facts, Birthday, Life Story - Biography.com

Wild Bill Hickok Biography - Facts, Birthday, Life Story - Biography.com

Buffalo Bill Cody's Wild West Show

Buffalo Bill Cody's Wild West Show

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