James Butler Hickok (May 27, 1837 – August 2, 1876), better known as "Wild Bill" Hickok, was a folk hero of the American Old West known for his work across the frontier as a drover, wagon master, soldier, spy, scout, lawman, gunfighter, gambler, showman, and actor.
Hickok was born and raised on a farm in northern Illinois at a time when lawlessness and vigilante activity were rampant because of the influence of the "Banditti of the Prairie". Hickok was drawn to this ruffian lifestyle and headed west at age 18 as a fugitive from justice, working as a stagecoach driver and later as a lawman in the frontier territories of Kansas and Nebraska. He fought and spied for the Union Army during the American Civil War and gained publicity after the war as a scout, marksman, actor, and professional gambler. Over the course of his life, he was involved in several notable shoot-outs.
In 1876, Hickok was shot from behind and killed while playing poker in a saloon in Deadwood, Dakota Territory (present-day South Dakota) by Jack McCall, an unsuccessful gambler. The hand of cards which he supposedly held at the time of his death has become known as the dead man's hand: two pairs, aces and eights.
Owner, Gary Martinsen, originally from North Dakota holds the largest Wild bill and bison memorabilia in all of White Mountains. He has brought his collection to his tavern & grill in order to share his love for Bill himself. You'll find photos of the wild west, bison on the walls, and his personal collection of Marilyn Monroe wine bottles throughout the entire restaurant. Gary & son Scott personally built the restaurant from ground up and have created a paradise of the North all in itself. Come on in and see all this place has to offer and the beauty that surrounds! Say hi to Gary as you see him yourself!