A Source of the Wild West

A touch of civic pride, history, and myth in Troy Grove, La Salle County, Illinois, birthplace of James Butler (“Wild Bill”) Hickcok

Hickok plaque, Troy Grove, Illinois

Hickok plaque, Troy Grove, Illinois

accompanied by a heroic image, which, like Hickok’s heroic reputation, has seen better days.

Hickok Statue, Troy Grove IL

Hickok Statue, Troy Grove IL

Troy Grove, once known as Homer, is a tiny village in north central Illinois, about 2 1/2 miles east of the old route of US 51 (this part is now known as Illinois route 251, because the name US 51 has been moved to Interstate 39 a few miles east). We paused there briefly on 25 June 2008, in a light rain during our tour of old US Route 51.

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