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Great front page item from rough & tumble Deadwood, Dakota Territory...

Item # 640708

October 21, 1876

THE BLACK HILLS PIONEER, Deadwood City, Black Hills, October 21, 1876 

* Very rare title
* Famous Old West town
* re. Wild Bill Hickok murder

The top of the front page under the heading "Wyoming Items" appears a note about the murder of Wild Bill Hickok: "Hon. J.J. Jenkins, U.S. Attorney for this Territory, will leave Cheyenne to-day for Yankton, Dakota, where he will prosecute McCall, the murderer of J.B. Hickok, (Wild Bill)."
Jack McCall shot Hickok from behind while playing poker in a bar in Deadwood on August 2, 1876. The front page also makes mention of Seth Bullock, Deadwood's first sheriff (see Wikipedia for much more on him) and an article on the back page is headed: "Important To All--The Laws of Deadwood to be Published." (see).
Deadwood City was illegally established in 1876 on land belonging to the Lakota Sioux, following the discovery of gold in the Black Hills of present day South Dakota. Early Deadwood papers are rare, reports on Hickok extremely so. His story is among the most romantic episodes in the lore of the Wild West.
This is the volume one, number 20 issue. Not only is this is desired title from the Old West--particularly uncommon from its first year--for which we get $1400 for generic issues, but having the top-of-the-front page mention of the murder of Wild Bill Hickok from the city where he lived & died makes this an uncommonly significant issue.
Four pages, never bound nor trimmed, in very nice, clean condition.

Category: The Old West

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