Before this summer, I knew little about Wild Bill Hickok. Then, within just a few weeks, we visited three places within Kansas and Illinois that all shared Hickok stories—quite a coincidence. I learned several fascinating facts about him. Here are some of them:
Wild Bill Hickok Featured at These Attractions
- Wild Bill Hickok State Memorial
Troy Grove, Illinois
The memorial features a bust and a plaque located in a small park.
- I&M Canal National Heritage Area
Ride the mule-pulled replica canal boat “Volunteer” along the I&M Canal
- Old Abilene Town
Old Abilene recreates the city’s Wild West days with buildings that simulate 1870 Abilene and museums that tell the history of the Chisholm trail, cattle drives and Abilene life in the days of Wild Bill Hickok.
Listen to podcast and/or read the article about Old Abilene Town
- Dickinson County Heritage Center
This museum includes a nice exhibit on Wild Bill Hickok and the Wild West days in Abilene. There are extensive other exhibits, as well, including an early 1900s C. W. Park carousel that you can ride.
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