Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Wild Bill

While in Deadwood, SD, we went to the place where Wild Bill Hickok was shot.
Wild Bill had a premonition that Deadwood would be his last camp and he was right, he would never leave Deadwood alive.

Wild Bill was having a run of bad luck on the day of his death and was forced to borrow a poker stake from the bartender. That run of bad luck worsened when an ex-buffalo hunter called John McCall walked in unnoticed. McCall shot the back of Wild Bill's head, killing him instantly. When shot, he was holding a pair of aces and a pair of eights, all black , according to some. The fifth card could not be confirmed!
Eventually, Hickok's "Aces and eights" became widely accepted as the "Dead Man's Hand."
In 1979, Wild Bill was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame.

So now you know. . . if you want to know more, rent the HBO series, Deadwood. It's fun to learn some history while being entertained. Why history teachers can't teach history in a more interesting and fun way, I'll never know.

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