Wild Bill’s back in town, and so is Calamity Jane
DEADWOOD, S.D. – The guns belonging to Wild Bill Hickok and his close friend Charlie Utter, in addition to related objects in the City of Deadwood’s recently purchased Wild Bill Hickok Collection, will be unveiled at Deadwood’s Adams Museum on Saturday, October 7, 2006 at 1 p.m. The formal exhibition opening will be followed by a lecture and book signing by Calamity Jane’s acclaimed biographer James McLaird beginning at 2 p.m. The event is free, open to the public and wheelchair accessible.
The City of Deadwood purchased the Wild Bill Hickok Collection in early September 2006, a treasure trove of artifacts and archival material related to the legendary lawman of the American West. The collection includes a number of historically priceless pieces including the 1860 Colt conversion pistol purportedly worn by Hickok when he was killed at the Saloon #10 on August 2, 1876 in Deadwood. Among the 18 items are also letters from Hickok and his immediate family, the only known original photographs of the hanging of Hickok’s murderer, Jack McCall, and a firearm owned by Colorado Charlie Utter.
The collaboration of the Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission, the City of Deadwood and the Adams Museum creates the opportunity for these rare items to be viewed in their original context, at home again in Deadwood. This event is sponsored by the Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission, Cadillac Jack’s Gaming Resort, Deadwood Gulch Resort & Gaming, The Four Aces, Saloon #10 and TDG Communications, Inc. For more information please contact 605-578-1928.
The Adams Museum & House, Inc. is a non-profit educational complex dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of the history and material culture of Deadwood and the Black Hills. www.AdamsMuseumAndHouse.org