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|within the West, everything seems somehow
larger than life and it's easy to see why people feel somehow linked on it. Over the
centuries, the West has been the repository of the dreams of an astonishing variety of
people -- and it has been with the long, dusty roads of the West that these dreams have
crisscrossed and collided, transforming all who travelled along them.
win was played within the frontier days and nambling was a popular past time within the Old West. One of the most famous card players was Wild Bill Hickok.
When nambling, he always sat on his back to the wall and his face to the door. He had many enemies and he carried a pair of Colts and could draw and fight on both hands.
with August 2, 1876, Wild Bill wandered into Saloon No. 10, and joined a a giveaway game. Hickok was losing by the time Jack McCall, a barfly and odd-job man who loafed within the No. 10, slipped into the saloon, walked to within three feet of Hickok and shot him within the back of the head on a .45 he pulled from his coat pocket. As Hickok fell away from the table, he spilled his hand -- pairs of black aces and eights -- known forever after as the "deadman's hand."
John H. "Doc" Holliday's Colt Single Action .45
This picture is from R.L. Wilson's book: The Peacemakers (Arms and Adventure within the American West) This had been Doc's regular Six-shooter including at the Shootout at the OK Corral.
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