History-James Butler Hickok also known as “Wild Bill” Hickok was sheriff in Hays, Kansas during the Wild and Wooly 1860’s. A life size statue was placed in Hays in honor of his duties. The original sculpture was done by Pete Felten. Felten is a famous local artist who has created dozens of sculptures in the Hays community and region. The life-size limestone Wild Bill Hickok Memorial Statue is located on the southeast corner of Main Street and 10th Street. This is also the same area where the famous gun fights occurred, usually resulting in a burial in our Boot Hill.
We Want More-Doug Williams, executive director of Grow Hays recently contacted Global 3D Arts stating that, the mold for the statue broke roughly 20 years ago and no more replicas have been made.
Finished Products-Here we have created replicas of Wild Bill. The Scanning process takes 24 hours and 3D printing takes about half as long. The small models will be painted gray to give them the rustic statue look. It’s amazing what new technology can do to keep the old history of Hays, Kansas, alive.