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Wild Bill's Shootout

 
 
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By Jason Voigt, April 5, 2021
1. Wild Bill's Shootout Marker
Inscription.  The nation's first one-on-one pistol quick-draw duel took place on the square between J.B. "Wild Bill" Hickok and Davis K. Tutt on July 21st, 1865.

What began as an argument over gambling debts turned deadly when Tutt seized a prized watch of Wild Bill's as collateral. Warned against wearing the watch in public to humiliate Wild Bill, Tutt appeared in the Square on July 21st openly displaying the watch. The two men then unsuccessfully negotiated the debt and the watch's return.

Hickok returned to the Square at 6 p.m. to again find Tutt displaying his watch. Wild Bill gave Tutt his final warning, "Don't you come around here with that watch." Tutt answered by placing his hand on his pistol. Standing about 75 yards apart and facing each other sideways in dueling positions, Tutt drew his gun first. Wild Bill steadied his aim across his opposite forearm. Both paused, then fired near simultaneously, Tutt missed. Wild Bill's shot passed through Tutt's chest. Reeling from the wound, Tutt staggered back to the nearest building before collapsing.

Wild Bill was acquitted of manslaughter by a jury after three days of trial.
Wild Bill's Shootout Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, April 5, 2021
2. Wild Bill's Shootout Marker
Marker is near the southwest corner of the Square.
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"Nothing better described the times than the fact that dangling a watch held as security for a poker debt was widely regarded as a justifiable provocation for resorting to firearms."
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Events. A significant historical date for this entry is July 21, 1865.
 
Location. 37° 12.519′ N, 93° 17.553′ W. Marker is in Springfield, Missouri, in Greene County. Marker is on Park Central Square south of Park Central West, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 128 Park Central Square, Springfield MO 65806, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 1971 Tumbler (a few steps from this marker); History of Springfield Public Square (within shouting distance of this marker); Three Black Men Lynched (within shouting distance of this marker); Battle of Springfield (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Battle of Springfield (within shouting distance of this marker); Lynching in America / The Lynchings of Horace B. Duncan, Fred Coker and William Allen (within shouting distance of this marker); Dedicated to the Loving Memory of Dr. R. Fred Schweitzer (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Butterfield Overland Stage (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Springfield.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 20, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 20, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 58 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 20, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.

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