Fairbury in Jefferson County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Representing Rock Creek Station Well
Wild Bill — McCanles
Erected 1935 by Jefferson County Historical Society.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Events. In addition, it is included in the Oregon Trail, and the Pony Express National Historic Trail series lists. A significant historical date for this entry is July 12, 1861.
Location. 40° 8.137′ N, 97° 10.861′ W. Marker is in Fairbury, Nebraska, in Jefferson County. Marker is on D Street north of 4th Street, on the right when traveling north. Marker is located near the sidewalk on the east side of the Jefferson County Courthouse. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 411 4th Street, Fairbury NE 68352, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 16 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Jefferson County Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Jefferson County Pony Express Stations (within shouting distance of this marker); Virginia Station — (Whiskey Run) (approx. 4.7 miles away); The Smith Limekiln and Limestone House (approx. 4.8 miles away); Kit Carson • Col. John Fremont The Initial Point of the Public Land Surveys of the Sixth Principal Meridian (approx. 13.6 miles away in Kansas); Plymouth (approx. 15˝ miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 15˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fairbury.
Also see . . . Wild Bill Hickok’s first gunfight. By the summer of 1861, Hickok was working as a stock tender at a stage depot in Nebraska called Rock Creek Station. Across the creek lived David McCanles, a mean-spirited man who disliked Hickok. On July 12, 1861, the tension between Hickok and McCanles came to a head. McCanles arrived at the station with two other men and his 12-year-old-son and exchanged angry words with the station manager. When McCanles ignored warnings and approached, Hickok shot him in the chest. McCanles staggered out of the building and died in the arms of his son. Thus began the legendary career of “Wild Bill.” (Submitted on July 15, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on July 15, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 15, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 196 times since then and 54 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on July 15, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.