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Friendship in the American Frontier: Wild Bill and Buffalo Bill

Buffalo Bill Cody

by Tom Clavin They were the two most famous plainsmen of the American West, and they shared the same first name. Well, sort of. William Cody came to be known as Buffalo Bill and James Butler Hickok came to be

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The Softer Side of Wild Bill Hickok

Calamity Jane

by Tom Clavin It should surprise no one that Wild Bill Hickok was a ladies’ man. As detailed in my book Wild Bill there were quite a few romances during his too-short life, some with local ladies referred to as “Indian Annies”

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The Life and Death of Wild Bill Hickok

Wild Bill Hickok

by Tom Clavin Their names are legends on the American frontier: Daniel Boone, Davy Crockett, Kit Carson, Wyatt Earp, Buffalo Bill Cody, and Wild Bill Hickok. We probably know the least about Wild Bill Hickok. Why is that? During his

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John Wesley Hardin and the Wild West of Dodge City

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by Tom Clavin The word “gunfighter” in America can be traced back to 1874, but it wasn’t until around 1900 that it was more commonly used. The term that most people used in the 1870s was “shootist,” or the more specific

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