Talk:"Wild Bill" Hickok

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Story of the first man Wild Bill Killed[edit]

I think this is a significant story in Wild Bill's life and appears to have been overlooked. Bill was working at Rock Creek Station as a hired hand at the age of 19. Rock Creek was a Pony Express/Stagecoach/Store along the Oregon trail located on the Rock Creek near Fairbury Nebraska. The creek was impassable to wagons so a toll bridge had also been constructed here for wagons heading west along the Oregon trail. The land was rented from David McCanles who lived in Beatrice Ne. On a day in July of 1861, McCanles and his 16 year old son came out to collect rent. Some sort of arguement ensued (I'm telling this from memory) in which Hickock, hiding behind a curtain in the store, shot and killed McCanles and tried to kill the 16 year old boy but the boy escaped. Again I am going by memory. The story is told in detail at the Rock Creek Station Historical Park http://outdoornebraska.ne.gov/parks/guides/parksearch/showpark.asp?Area_No=153 . They arrested Hickock and he was held and tried in Beatrice Nebraska but got off I believe, because the boy was the only one to witness the killing to testify against Hickock. If your ever in Nebraska it's worth the time to go out there and watch the presentation. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Jim Morehead (talkcontribs) 15:37, 8 July 2011 (UTC)

This incident is covered in detail in this article. Wayne (talk) 20:04, 8 July 2011 (UTC)

Meet the Press, NBC, on 04/06/2014, ran a story on the Keystone Pipeline which will run through Steele City, KS. Reporter Kevin Tibbles said "Wild Bill Hickok gunned down his first man not far from here. Shot him in the back some say." — Preceding unsigned comment added by 68.113.4.93 (talk) 15:54, 6 April 2014 (UTC)

Background and the duel[edit]

75 yards is 68 meters. Is that distance correct? Taxodermist (talk) 22:07, 22 December 2015 (UTC)

Just FYI[edit]

In the second picture of the man. At his feet behind his boots is the sheath. . For whatever reason. prop or placement matters not. 108.247.104.253 (talk) 07:33, 22 March 2013 (UTC)

"prop" knife in photo?[edit]

The caption below the photo says, "Wild Bill Hickok in 1869 – since a knife would not have been worn unsheathed, it is likely a photographer's prop"

If you look behind his boots in the photo, you see laying on the ground what could be the sheath. IOW, the knife may not have been merely a photographer's prop.

FWIW the knife looks like an Arkansas Toothpick, some of which were like a very long, thin version of a Bowie knife.

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geography: Kansas is "the West" but due north Nebraska is not?[edit]

"He returned to the West, where he ran for sheriff in Ellsworth County, Kansas, on November 5, 1867." Nebraska is due north of Kansas, and both states are now considered part of the Midwest. I suspect at the time, both states might have qualified for "the West." I do not understand this southward move as a return to the West. Michael (talk) 23:43, 31 July 2016 (UTC)

You're right. I fixed it. Thanks. GenQuest "Talk to Me" 13:28, 1 August 2016 (UTC)