Wild Bill Hickock, a folk hero of the American Old West

This building mural of Wild Bill in Abilene, Kansas this past spring, really caught my eye. He was a soldier, spy, wagon master, scout, lawman, gunfighter, gambler, showman and actor in the 1800’s. He was Abilene’s Marshall for some time and the city claims him as their own. He married a circus owner in 1876 and managed to stay with her for two months before he joined a wagon train going to Deadwood, South Dakota to search for gold. He was playing poker just a few months later in a Deadwood saloon when a loser gambler shot him in the back, killing him. His hand Aces and Eights, became known as the “Dead Man’s Hand”. I thought it quite fitting that the mural is on the side of a gun shop.
I love this photograph!
posted November 16th, 2018  
What a wonderful history - what a shame his life was cut short - A wonderful poster ! Thanks for sharing - fav
posted November 16th, 2018  
Ha ha great mural!
posted November 16th, 2018  
Great mural. The location on the side of the gin store is quite appropriate.
posted November 16th, 2018  
Beautifully captured Lou Ann, as a boy I was an avid reader of the wild west history, as for the building its a type of shop you would never see in the UK:)
posted November 16th, 2018  
A fabulous shot of this great mural Lou Ann, his name sure rings a bell :-)
posted November 16th, 2018  
Great shot and beautiful artwork.
posted November 16th, 2018  
Great capture. Fav!! 😀
posted November 16th, 2018  
Great find and info
posted November 16th, 2018  
👍♥️👍
posted November 16th, 2018  
Didn't know he did all that!
posted November 16th, 2018  
Wow! He was a busy man! And so appropriate the mural is on the gun shop wall :)
posted November 16th, 2018  
He looks fantastic up there! A man of all trades!
posted November 16th, 2018  
Good catch- I didn't realize he'd married. He sure got around! I think he'd be pleased to know where his image showed up in Abilene!
posted November 17th, 2018  
Fantastic mural and really comes to life with the person passing by it. And ...it's on the side of a gun shop - that's just too good!
posted November 17th, 2018  
@gazzatron @beryl @radiogirl @henrir @pcoulson @ludwigsdiana @mittens @carolmw @ziggy77 @joemuli @mave @gilbertwood @happypat @olivetreeann @365karly1 This is a “digital mural”. I think the artist digitizes a photograph and uses a projector to shine it on the wall, which he then paints with the image. We went to Wild Bill’s Grave in Deadwood, SD last year, Calamity Jane is buried next to him. His grave is a shrine really, people have left empty liquor bottles, playing cards, money, crosses, old broken guns all over his grave. Really quite a sight. Thank you all for your wonderful comments and favs, I appreciate every one.
posted November 17th, 2018  
super cool shot
posted November 18th, 2018  
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