Downtown Audio Tour
City of Springfield former Assistant Public Works Director Jonathan Gano became interested in the legend of Wild Bill Hickok in Springfield and his most famous act: shooting Davis Tutt on the town square, while reinventing Park Central Square. Gano uncovered the coroner's inquest in the Greene County archives and thought it would make a good audio story. The inquest provides the only surviving eyewitness accounts of the notorious event. A courthouse fire destroyed all other firsthand accounts.
Teaming up with the City's Department of Public Information, Public Works created a QR code tour that places markers at the nine locations believed to be where the testimonies were taken. Greg Burris, Phil Broyles, Jim O'Dell, Mike Peters, Vince Crunk, Ric Buchanan, Tina Stob and Bob Willenbrink provided the voices behind the retelling. PIO illustrator Mark Montgomery created visuals of what these eyewitnesses might look like (no illustrations are known to exist). Look closely: the illustrations resemble their vocal counterparts.