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 commemorating the famous 1865 gunfight, between Wild Bill and Dave 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 the jury. Hickok is one of the Old West’s most enduring figures, thanks to his exploits as a soldier, gambler, gunfighter, and lawman. The 30” x 24” plaque includes custom artwork and a description of the circumstances surrounding the duel. Also, markers in the street show where each man stood during the shootout. Located on Park Central Square, near the Park Central Branch Library.


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100 Park Central Square
Springfield, MO 65807

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Open Year-round
Wheelchair Accessible
Smoking Unrestricted
All Ages

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