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Posted on: December 8, 2015

[ARCHIVED] Bismarck Historical Society Presents “Wickedest City In The West"

Bismarck, the wickedest town in the West? Really? Fact is, Bismarck! Yes, Bismarck was once described in that very way. Some modern day residents are embarrassed by the fact; some are amused by it; some are actually proud of the name. But, why and by whom were we so identified?

Well, you are about to have an opportunity to find out the why’s and who’s on Wednesday, December 9, when the Bismarck Historical Society presents a program on the history of Bismarck’s notorious “Bloody Fourth (Street)” or “Murderers Gulch,” as it was sometimes known.

Find out why and by whom the name was applied and how, why, and when the appellation finally went away (well, sort of). Along the way, you’ll hear about some other local places of interest (Whiskey Point, Carlton City) and some of the lesser known events and the colorful people who made them happen. Did the 7th U.S. Cavalry really attack Bismarck? and who was Dennis Hannifin really?)

Walt Bailey, former longtime historic preservation planner for the State Historical Society of North Dakota and current Executive Director of the Bismarck Historical Society, will be the program presenter.

The public is invited. Refreshments will be served. Reservations are not required.

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