Saturday, February 4, 2017

Calamity Jane at the grave of Wild Bill Hickok, Deadwood, South Dakota, 1903.


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  1. Some of the iron work around the graves in those old cemeteries is amazing.

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  2. Some day I need to visit Montana. I have some second cousins once removed that live out there. Wild Bill's grave looks like ones that I've seen in pictures that the relatives email to me of where our common ancestors are buried. One is my great, great grandfather who was a miner like the rest of them back in the late 1800 to the 1930s or so when the mines closed.

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    1. Montana is beautiful, take your fly rod...

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    1. Well so it is. Thanks for the correction, Craig.

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    2. Yea, I live in Montana and really like your photos. Visit daily.

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    3. Something else I found that interesting:

      In 1876, Hickok was shot from behind and killed while playing poker in a saloon in Deadwood, Dakota Territory (present-day South Dakota), by Jack McCall, an unsuccessful gambler. The hand of cards which he supposedly held at the time of his death (including the ace of spades, the ace of clubs, the eight of spades, and the eight of clubs) has become known as the dead man's hand.

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    4. Calamity Jane Passed on shortly after this picture was taken. She is buried in this plot with her Wild Bill

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    5. More Montana history, check out Henry Plummer and the Vigilantes. Also Butte mining district. I could give you the low-down but it would take some time.

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  4. https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=canary&GSfn=martha&GSmn=jane&GSbyrel=all&GSdyrel=all&GSob=n&GRid=166&df=all& Calamity Jane
    https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=hickok&GSfn=james&GSmn=butler&GSbyrel=all&GSdyrel=all&GSob=n&GRid=479&df=all& James Butler
    Enjoy
    and click into their daughter's memorial from Jane's

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  5. Another interesting and little-known fact is the history behind the reason James Butler Hickok became "Wild Bill." In Illinois as a young man he made an enemy of a local bad guy named David McAnles, who taunted Hickok with the moniker "Duck Bill" owing to his ski-jump nose and protruding upper lip.

    Hickok shot him and adopted the "Wild Bill" name as his own.

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