Wild Bill Cottage
4 guests • 2 bedrooms • 2 beds • 1 bath
The convenient location is within a short walking distance to downtown Deadwood. This cottage is one of our guests favorites because it was built in the early 1900’s, it will take you back in time! It has been refurbished to a very comfortable place to stay. It’s decorated in true Victorian Style with a kitchenette, dining area, living area and private bathroom, it is divided by a pocket door and entryway with another unit. Central yard offers a hot tub and BBQ kitchen area. Off-street parking.
The convenient location is within a short walking distance to downtown Deadwood Main Street. If rented with the Poker Alice Cottage and will sleep up to 12 people with 3 bathrooms.
- Air Conditioning
- Internet Access
- Cable/Satellite TV
- Private Yard
- Coffee Pot
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Deadwood’s Famous Wild Bill Hickok
James Butler Hickok, better known as “Wild Bill” Hickok, was a folk hero of the American Old West known for his life on the frontier as a soldier, scout, lawman, gambler, showman, and actor, and for his involvement in many famous gunfights. He earned a great deal of notoriety in his own time, much of it bolstered by the many outlandish and often fabricated tales he told about himself. Some contemporaneous reports of his exploits are known to be fictitious, but they remain the basis of much of his fame and reputation.
Hickok was born and raised on a farm in northern Illinois at a time when lawlessness and vigilante activity was rampant because of the influence of the “Banditti of the Prairie”. Drawn to this ruffian lifestyle, he headed west at age 18 as a fugitive from justice, working as a stagecoach driver and later as a lawman in the frontier territories of Kansas and Nebraska. He fought and spied 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 involved in several notable shootouts during the course of his life.
In 1876, Hickok was shot and killed while playing poker in a saloon in Deadwood, Dakota Territory by Jack McCall, an unsuccessful gambler. The hand of cards which he supposedly held at the time of his death has become known as the dead man’s hand: two pairs; black aces and eights.
Shortly before Hickok’s death, he wrote a letter to his new wife, which read in part, “Agnes Darling, if such should be we never meet again, while firing my last shot, I will gently breathe the name of my wife—Agnes—and with wishes even for my enemies I will make the plunge and try to swim to the other shore.”