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It's a Calamity, Jane!

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It's a Calamity, Jane!

Old West folk hero James Butler “Wild Bill” Hickok was born in Homer, IL, on May 27, 1837. Hickok fought for the Union Army during the Civil War and worked as a scout, gambler, stagecoach driver, marksman, lawman, and actor in Buffalo Bill Cody’s play, Scouts of the Plains. In 1876, Hickok left Wyoming with Charlie Utter’s wagon train to seek his fortune in the South Dakota gold rush. Hickok arrived in Deadwood, SD, in July 1876. On August 2, 1876, buffalo hunter John McCall shot Hickok in the back of the head while he was playing poker at Nuttal and Mann’s Saloon No. 10 in Deadwood. Charlie Utter had Hickok buried in Deadwood and marked his grave with the following: “Wild Bill, J. B. Hickock killed by the assassin Jack McCall in Deadwood, Black Hills, August 2d, 1876. Pard, we will meet again in the happy hunting ground to part no more. Good bye, Colorado Charlie, C. H. Utter.”