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James Butler Hickok (1837-1876), better known as Wild Bill Hickok, was a legend of the American Old West. His reputation as a gunfighter, scout, lawman, marksman, actor, and professional gambler resulted in his fame. Calamity Jane claimed she had been married to him briefly but no records were found. In 1876 he married Agnes Thatcher Lake, 11 years his senior. Four months later he was shot and killed by Jack McCall while playing poker in Deadwood, Dakota Territory (now South Dakota).

Wild Bill Hickok (May 1837 – August Legend of American Old West. His skills as a gunfighter & scout, along with his reputation as a lawman & professional gambler, resulted in his fame, though some of his exploits are fictionalized.

Doc Holliday (1851-1887). American gambler, gunfighter, and dentist of the American Old West who is usually remembered for his friendship with Wyatt Earp and his involvement in the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral.

John Henry "Doc" Holliday (August 1851 – November was an American gambler, gunfighter, and dentist of the American Old West who is usually remembered for his friendship with Wyatt Earp and his involvement in the Gunfight at the O.

Robert McGee was scalped at age 13 while on the Santa Fe trail in a wagon train near Larned, KS...the rest of his group was slaughtered...this photo was taken 25 years later... unbelievable...

Old Picture of the Day: Old West Today we feature a picture of Robert McGee. The picture was taken in As a child, Robert McGee was scalped by Indians. He is the only person I am aware of who survived the horrific experience of being scalped.

Robert Ford, The man who killed Jesse James

Robert Ford, The man who killed Jesse James. He pretty much carried the moniker "Dirty, Rotten Coward Who Shot Jesse James In the Back." It occured, by the way, as Jesse was hanging a picture in his mother's house. Not the kind of man I'd want to be.

John D. Rockefeller, richest American of all time... worth 330 Billion in the 1800's.  More than triple the net worth of the top 5 richest Americans today.

John D. Rockefeller, richest American of all time, worth 330 billion in the c., more than triple the net worth of the top 5 richest Americans today. Photo by Harris &Ewing,

Virgil Walter Earp July 18, 1843 – October 19, 1905..rare photo he was 16. Virgil Earp was the older brother of Wyatt Earp and Tombstone   City Marshal at the time of the famous gunfight at the O.K. Corral in 1881. After suffering from pneumonia for six months, Virgil died in the town of Goldfield, Nevada. His remains were sent to Portland, Oregon at the request of his daughter Nellie Jane Bohn and   buried at the River View Cemetery, the state’s oldest   nonprofit cemetery, dating back to…

Virgil Earp, Age 19 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Beautiful Old Photos of Life in the Real Wild West

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

The Myths and Legends of Robbers Cave: A tale of Jesse James explores both the history of Robbers Cave and the people associated with it. This article covers its early days as an outlaw hideout, the Robbers Cave experiment, and the cave's modern use.

"The photo of Lincoln lying in an open coffin is the only one that exists. It was taken by photographer Jeremiah Gurney, Jr., on April 24, 1865, as the president’s body lay in state in City Hall in New York. It was immediately confiscated by Secretary of War Edwin Stanton (1814-1869) and was hidden away for 87 years until it was discovered in the Illinois State Historical Library in 1952, by then 15-year-old Ronald Rietveld, who was researching the papers of Lincoln’s personal secretaries."

The photo of Lincoln lying in an open coffin is the only one that exists. It was taken by photographer Jeremiah Gurney, Jr., on April as the president’s body lay in state in City Hall in New York. It was immediately confiscated by Secretary.

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