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1837-1876, Wild Bill (James Butler) Hickok came to the West as a stagecoach driver, then became a lawman in the frontier territories of Kansas and Nebraska. He fought for the Union Army during the American Civil War, and gained publicity after the war as a scout, marksman, actor, and professional gambler. He was shot in the back by Crooked Nose Jack McCall after a poker dispute.

One of the most legendary figures of the Old West, James Butler (Wild Bill) Hickok was an actor, gambler, lawman, and gunfighter who was regarded as one of the most skilled gunslingers of his day.

Bill Hickok in 1858--Bill Hickock was a stocktender at Rock Creek Station during the days of the Pony Express. Annie might have met him.

James Butler Hickok, "Wild Bill" when this photo was taken in He was just 21 years old.

Nice Studio photograph of Captain Jack Crawford, known as "The Poet Scout". Civil War veteran, Old West Scout, and Popular Poet of Western Lore. Crawford was Scout for Gen. Phil Sheridan, Gen. George Crook and good friend to Wild Bill Hickok and Buffalo Bill Cody, who featured Crawford in his Wild West Show for many years.

Captain Jack Crawford, known as "The Poet Scout". Civil War veteran, Old West Scout, and Popular Poet of Western Lore. Crawford was Scout.

The James Younger Gang was infamous in the late 19th century. Learn more about them on our blog! http://www.openroadmedia.com/blog/2013-06-13/Ron-Hansen-and-the-Assassination-of-Jesse-James

Outlaw Jesse James (partly) turned to crime as a means of exacting revenge on all things Yankee - at least that's one theory.

April 5 was an eventful date in the gunfighting career of John Selman, the man most known for shooting down deadly killer John Wesley Hardin in 1895. On that day in 1894, Selman killed a former Texas Ranger named Bass Outlaw. On April 5, 1896, Selman got into a dispute with Deputy U.S. Marshal George Scarborough in El Paso, Texas, went into an alley to shoot it out...and lost. The lawman was 56 when he died.  – Courtesy Leon Metz Collection –

April 5 was an eventful date in the gunfighting career of John Selman, the man…

Mysterious Dave' Mather, was both a lawman and gunfighter in the Old West. Little is known today of Mather's life; the gaps in his personal history and his taciturn personality may have been what earned him the sobriquet "Mysterious Dave." Historical records show that he was a lawman in Dodge City, Kansas, and Las Vegas, New Mexico, and was a frequent associate of Bat Masterson and Wyatt Earp.

Mysterious Dave' Mather, was an American lawman and gunfighter in the American…

The Outlaw Jesse James     THAT DIRTY LITTLE COWARD THAT SHOT MR HOWARD HAS LAID POOR JESSE IN HIS GRAVE

Dead: The body of Jesse James lays in his coffin days after his shooting by Ford in 1882

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