“Wild Bill” Hickock


James Butler “Wild Bill” Hickock

(1837 – !876)

Wild Bill was a gambler, gunfighter, and lawman of the old west. Definitely a folk hero, some of his exploits have been fictionalized. Known for not wanting his back to be unguarded, he ironically died when he was shot in the back of the head and killed during a poker game  at the age of 39. The hand he was holding, a pair of aces and a pair of 8’s, has come to be known as the “deadman’s hand”. Makes you wonder what the kicker was(that’s the fifth card). It’s been the subject of debate since the murder.

He was killed in Deadwood, Dakota Territory(now South Dakota) and is buried there at Mount Moriah Cemetery.


Calamity Jane is buried next to him.

Hickock was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame in 1979.