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

James Butler “Wild Bill” Hickok

 
 
James Butler "Wild Bill" Hickok Marker image. Click for full size.
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.
 
Location. 41° 27.976′ N, 89° 5.031′ W. Marker is in Troy Grove, Illinois, in La Salle County. Marker is on Main Street north of Ottawa Street, on the right. Touch for map. Marker and bronze sculpture are located in the middle of a park on the west side of Main Street north of Ottawa Street. Marker is in this post office area: Troy Grove IL 61372, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Cherry Mine Disaster (approx. 7.2 miles away); Dr. Paul Carus / Dr. Daisetz Teitaru Suzuki
James Butler "Wild Bill" Hickok Marker image. Click for full size.
By John Desaulniers, Jr., May 7, 2010
2. James Butler "Wild Bill" Hickok Marker
Detail of text on the marker
(approx. 9 miles away); La Salle-Peru, Illinois (approx. 9.2 miles away); LaSalle City Hall-1906 (approx. 9.5 miles away); Isam W. Seaton (1823-1903) and James H. Seaton (1828-1913) (approx. 12.2 miles away).
 
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 comments.
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.

 
Categories. Settlements & SettlersWar, US Civil
 
Bronze Sculpture of James Butler "Wild Bill" Hickok image. Click for full size.
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.
By John Desaulniers, Jr., May 7, 2010
4. James Butler "Wild Bill" Hickok Marker and Sculpture
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 18, 2010, by John Desaulniers, Jr. of Mingo, Iowa. This page has been viewed 2,010 times since then and 38 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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