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Who succeeded “Wild Bill” Hickok as marshal of Abilene, Kansas?

Kerry Bulls
Winlock, Washington

James Gauthie put on the badge, on December 13, 1871, stated the late Joseph G. Rosa, the foremost authority on “Wild Bill” Hickok. A former city policeman and the head of the city council, Gauthie was a bargain for the Abilene cowtown; Hickok was paid $150 a month, while Gauthie received $50. Although Hickok had helped tame the town, the city fathers felt he was no longer needed, seeing a future in agriculture, not in Texas cattle.

Marshall Trimble is Arizona’s official historian and vice president of the Wild West History Association. His latest book is Arizona Outlaws and Lawmen; The History Press, 2015. If you have a question, write: Ask the Marshall, P.O. Box 8008, Cave Creek, AZ 85327 or email him at

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