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Wild Bill Hickok Gunfight Site

Visit the site where the nation's first recorded quick-draw gunfight occurred; it helped solidify James Butler "Wild Bill" Hickok's reputation as a gunfighter.

A historic marker commemorates the famous 1865 gunfight between Wild Bill and Davis Tutt. The altercation started as a gambling dispute and escalated when Tutt grabbed Hickok's pocket watch as collateral for a debt. The event ended in Tutt's death.

Hickok was uninjured. After a three-day trial, he was acquitted of manslaughter by a jury.

Hickok is one of the Old West's most enduring figures, thanks to his exploits as a soldier, gambler, gunfighter, and lawman.

A plaque includes custom artwork and a description of the circumstances surrounding the duel and markers in the street show where each man stood during the shootout. Located on Park Central Square on Route 66.


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100 Park Central Square
Springfield, MO 65807

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Open Year-round
Wheelchair Accessible
No Smoking
All Ages
Canoeing Outfitters
Equestrian Trails
Historic District
Winery / Vineyard
Biking / Walking Trails
Pets Welcome / No Fee
Pets On Leash Allowed
Free Admission

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