10 Fascinating Facts About Wild Bill Hickok

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
  • Plaque at the Wild Bill Hickok State Memorial in Troy Grove, Illinois
  • Gun, an exhibit at Old Abilene Town
  • Old Abilene Town
  • Dead Man's Hand, the hand Wild Bill Hickok ws holding when he was killed

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.
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  • I&M Canal National Heritage Area
    LaSalle, Illinois

    Ride the mule-pulled replica canal boat “Volunteer” along the I&M Canal
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  • Old Abilene Town
    Abilene, Kansas

    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
    Abilene, Kansas

    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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