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Troy Grove in LaSalle County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

James Butler "Wild Bill" Hickok

 
 
James Butler "Wild Bill" Hickok Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By John Desaulniers, Jr., May 7, 2010
1. James Butler "Wild Bill" Hickok Marker


Inscription.  Pioneer of the Great Plains, born here May 27, 1837. Assassinated at Deadwood, August 2, 1876. Served his country as a scout and a spy in the western States, to preserve the Union in the Civil War. Equally great were his services on the frontier as express messenger and upholder of law and order. He contributed largely in making the West a safe place for woman and children. His sterling courage was aways at the service of right and justice.

To perpetuate his memory
this monument is erected by
the State of Illinois
A.D. 1929

 
Erected 1929 by State of Illinois.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Settlements & SettlersWar, US Civil. A significant historical month for this entry is May 1812.
 
Location. 41° 27.976′ N, 89° 5.031′ W. Marker is in Troy Grove, Illinois, in LaSalle County. Marker is on Main Street north of Ottawa Street, on the right. Marker and bronze sculpture are located in the middle of a park on the west side of Main Street north of Ottawa Street.
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Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Troy Grove IL 61372, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Wild Bill Hickok (within shouting distance of this marker); Troy Grove Township Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Civil War Memorial (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Railroads and the Founding of Mendota (approx. 6.1 miles away); Cherry Mine Disaster (approx. 7.2 miles away); Dr. Paul Carus / Dr. Daisetz Teitaru Suzuki (approx. 9 miles away); Hegeler Carus Mansion (approx. 9 miles away); Julius W. Hegeler I Home (approx. 9.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Troy Grove.
 
More about this marker. The park and marker are where Hickok's boyhood home was located. The home was too rundown to be salvaged and was torn down in the early 20th century.
 
Also see . . .  Wild Bill Hickok Statue by William Piller. William Piller is a local sculptor commissioned to provide the bust of Wild Bill in Troy Grove. He also cast a full bronze statue of Wild Bill for his home town of Mendota. (Submitted on May 18, 2010, by John Desaulniers, Jr. of Mingo, Iowa.) 
 
Additional commentary.
James Butler "Wild Bill" Hickok Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By John Desaulniers, Jr., May 7, 2010
2. James Butler "Wild Bill" Hickok Marker
Detail of text on the marker
1. Troy Grove - originally Homer

When James Butler Hickok was born in what is now called Troy Grove, Illinois, it was then known as Homer. It's name was later changed when it was learned that there was another town named Homer in down state Illinois.
    — Submitted May 18, 2010, by John Desaulniers, Jr. of Mingo, Iowa.
 
Bronze Sculpture of James Butler "Wild Bill" Hickok image. Click for full size.
Photographed By John Desaulniers, Jr., May 7, 2010
3. Bronze Sculpture of James Butler "Wild Bill" Hickok
James Butler "Wild Bill" Hickok Marker and Sculpture image. Click for full size.
Photographed By John Desaulniers, Jr., May 7, 2010
4. James Butler "Wild Bill" Hickok Marker and Sculpture
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 7, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 18, 2010, by John Desaulniers, Jr. of Mingo, Iowa. This page has been viewed 2,538 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 18, 2010, by John Desaulniers, Jr. of Mingo, Iowa. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.

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