Thursday, July 21, 2011
Was Wild Bill Hickok a good guy or a bad guy? Despite the appellation "Wild," James Butler (aka Wild Bill) Hickok was actually a good guy. He was a scout and a sharpshooter of America's Wild West, and as a marshal he used threats and his gun to tame the towns he served.
On this date in 1865, in Springfield Missouri's market square, Hickok shot and killed Davis Tutt in what is regarded as the first true western showdown. It was the event that catapulted Hickok to a kind of dubious fame. The West continued to live up to its wild reputation when, on the same date in 1873, Jesse James and the James-Younger gang pulled off the first successful train robbery near Adair, Iowa. They made off with $2,337.
Quote: "It's Americana, it's part of our history, the cowboy, the cattle drive, the sheriff, the fight for law, order and justice. Justice will always prevail as far as I'm concerned." — Clayton Moore