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Charlie Utter (born near Niagara Falls, New York, 1838 - death unknown) was an early figure in the American Wild West, best known as a great friend and companion of Wild Bill Hickok. He is portrayed in the HBO television series, Deadwood. The real Charlie Utter is at least as interesting as that portrayed in the series, if not more so. American Falls, one of the three falls that make up Niagara Falls, is located in the city. ... 1838 was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... Great Basin region, typical American West The Western United States has played a significant role in history and fiction. ... James Butler Hickok (May 27, 1837-August 2, 1876) better known as Wild Bill Hickok, was a semi-legendary figure in the American Wild West. ... HBO logo HBO (Home Box Office) is a premium cable television network. ... Deadwood is a weekly HBO television drama that premiered in March 2004. ...


Utter grew up in Illinois, then went westwards in search of his fortune, becoming a trapper, guide, and prospector in Colorado in the 1860s. In early 1876, Utter and his brother Steve Utter decided to take a wagon train of prospectors, gamblers, prostitutes, and assorted hopefuls from Georgetown, Colorado, to the gold rush around Deadwood, South Dakota. In Cheyenne, Wyoming, Wild Bill Hickok became partners with Utter in the train, and in Fort Laramie, Wyoming, Calamity Jane also joined up. The train arrived in Deadwood in July, 1876, and Utter began a lucrative express delivery service to Cheyenne, charging 25 cents to deliver a letter and often carrying as many as 2,000 letters per trip. State nickname: Land of Lincoln, The Prairie State Other U.S. States Capital Springfield Largest city Chicago Governor Rod Blagojevich (D) Official languages American English (as oppossed to Englands English) Area 149,998 km² (25th)  - Land 143,968 km²  - Water 6,030 km² (4. ... The human activity of trapping consists of hunting for animals to obtain their furs, which are then used for clothes and other artifacts, or sold / bartered (see fur trade). ... The term guide refers to an agency for directing or showing the way, specifically a person who leads or directs a stranger over unknown or unmapped country, or conducts travellers and tourists through a town, or over buildings of interest. ... A prospector is a person who prospects, or explores an area for natural resources such as minerals, oil, flora or fauna. ... State nickname: The Centennial State Other U.S. States Capital Denver Largest city Denver Governor Bill Owens (R) Official languages English Area 269,837 km² (8th)  - Land 268,879 km²  - Water 962 km² (0. ... Events and trends Italian unification under King Victor Emmanuel II. Wars for expansion and national unity continue until the incorporation of the Papal States (March 17, 1861 - September 20, 1870). ... 1876 is a leap year starting on Saturday. ... Wagon Train was a television series on NBC from 1957 to 1965. ... Gambling (or betting) is any behavior involving the risk of money or valuables on the outcome of a game, contest, or other event in which the outcome of that activity is partially or totally dependent upon chance. ... Prostitution is the sale of sexual services (typically manual stimulation, oral sex, sexual intercourse, or anal sex) for cash or other kind of return, generally indiscriminately with many persons. ... Georgetown is a town located in Clear Creek County, Colorado. ... Gold rush ad A gold rush is a period of feverish migration of workers into the area of a dramatic discovery of commercial quantities of gold. ... Deadwood is a city located in Lawrence County, South Dakota. ... Wyoming State Capitol in Cheyenne Cheyenne is the capital of Wyoming, a state of the United States of America. ... Fort Laramie is a town located in Goshen County, Wyoming. ... Calamity Jane at the age of 33. ... 1876 is a leap year starting on Saturday. ...


Utter had been a close friend of Hickok for some time previous, constantly watching to ensure that Hickok's weaknesses of alcohol and gambling would not bring him to a bad end. Unfortunately, he was not present on August 2, 1876, when Hickok was fatally shot in the back by Jack McCall as he played poker. Utter claimed the body, and placed a notice in the local newspaper, the Black Hills Pioneer, which read In general usage, alcohol (from Arabic al-khwl الكحول, or al-ghawl الغول) refers almost always to ethanol, also known as grain alcohol, and often to any beverage that contains ethanol (see alcoholic beverage). ... Gambling (or betting) is any behavior involving risking money or property (making a wager or placing a stake) on the outcome of a game, contest, or other event in which the outcome of that activity depends partially or totally upon chance or upon ones ability to do something. ... August 2 is the 214th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (215th in leap years), with 151 days remaining. ... 1876 is a leap year starting on Saturday. ... Jack McCall (also known as Crooked Nose Jack) (born in the early 1850s in Jefferson County, Kentucky - died March 1, 1877 in Yankton, South Dakota) is the man who gained notoriety as a coward and a drunkard by shooting James Wild Bill Hickok in the back, to the point where... The Black Hills Pioneer, published by A. W. Merrick along with W. A. Laughlin, was the first newspaper in Deadwood, South Dakota. ...

"Died in Deadwood, Black Hills, August 2, 1876, from the effects of a pistol shot, J. B. Hickok (Wild Bill) formerly of Cheyenne, Wyoming. Funeral services will be held at Charlie Utter's Camp, on Thursday afternoon, August 3, 1876, at 3 o'clock, P. M. All are respectfully invited to attend."

Attendance at the funeral was heavy, and Utter had Hickok buried with a wooden grave marker reading

"Wild Bill, J. B. Hickok killed by the assassin Jack McCall in Deadwood, Black Hills, August 2d, 1876. Pard, we will meet again in the happy hunting ground to part no more. Good bye, Colorado Charlie, C. H. Utter."

Utter left for Colorado, but returned in 1879 to have Hickok reinterred, at Calamity Jane's urging, in a ten foot square plot at the Mount Moriah Cemetery, surrounded by a cast iron fence and with an American flag in the ground. 1879 was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... Calamity Jane at the age of 33. ...


In February, 1879, Utter purchased the Eaves Saloon in Gayville, South Dakota, but ran into a string of bad luck. He was found guilty of selling liquor without a license, then of maintaining a nuisance dance hall, and returned to Deadwood in time for the September 26, 1879 fire which devastated Deadwood, wiping out many residents. Since Deadwood was no longer a frontier town where fortunes could be built (or rebuilt) from nothing, the newly impoverished left to try their luck in other gold rushes, and Utter followed; to Leadville, Colorado in February 1880, then Durango, Colorado, then opened a saloon in Socorro, New Mexico after which his trail disappears. 1879 was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... Gayville is a town located in Yankton County, South Dakota. ... It has been suggested that Licensing (strategic alliance) be merged into this article or section. ... Dance hall in its general meaning is a hall for dancing. ... September 26 is the 269th day of the year (270th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 96 days remaining. ... 1879 was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... View of Mount Massive looking west from Harrison Street in downtown Leadville Leadville is the county seat of Lake County, Colorado. ... 1880 was a leap year starting on Thursday (see link for calendar). ... Durango is a city located in La Plata County, Colorado. ... Socorro is a city located in Socorro County, New Mexico in the Rio Grande Valley, at an elevation of 4579 feet. ...


Utter cut a notable figure; although only five and a half feet tall, he is reported as being extremely meticulous in his appearance, highly unusual for that place and time. He had long, flowing blond hair and mustache, perfectly groomed, wore hand-tailored fringed buckskins, fine linen shirts, beaded moccasins, and a large silver belt buckle, and carried a pair of gold, silver, and pearl ornamented pistols. He would allow nobody into his tent, even Hickok, on pain of being shot; in his tent he slept under the highest quality blankets, imported from California, and carried with him mirrors, combs, razors, and whisk brooms. Most unusual of all, he insisted on bathing daily. Buckskin is a color of horses; it also refers to other things that are the color of a buckskin horse, such as the color of some breeds of dogs. ... The word moccasin was first introduced into English in 1612, from a Virginia Algonquian language, most likely Powhatan (makasin ‘shoe’), though similar words exist in Narragansett (mokussin), Micmac (m’kusun), and Ojibwa (makasin). ... State nickname: The Golden State Other U.S. States Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) Official languages English Area 410,000 km² (3rd)  - Land 404,298 km²  - Water 20,047 km² (4. ...


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