Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane

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James Butler Hickok, better known to us as Wild Bill Hickok, was murdered as he played cards in a Deadwood, SD, saloon on August 2, 1876. Some years later his remains were moved to the town's peaceful hillside cemetery, Mt. Moriah, where they rest today. By some though not all accounts, mule skinner and wild west show starlet Calamity Jane, whose real name was Martha Jane Canary, was Wild Bill's bride for awhile. "Bury me next to Wild Bill," was said to be her departing wish. Historians of a more skeptical turn question the extent of the relationship. Calamity Jane died August 2, 1903, 27 years to the day after Wild Bill. (Her tomb identifies her as Martha Jane Burke, her name in marriage before her demise).

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