Being the first territorial capital of the Dakotas, Yankton hosted the trial and hanging of the notorious Jack McCall for the murder of Wild Bill Hickok. The trial began on Dec. 4, 1876 in a courtroom at what is now present-day Third and Capital Streets. Two days later the jury found McCall guilty. McCall’s hanging took place on March 1, 1877 near the present day intersection of Hwy 81 and Hwy 50. The hanging is remembered by a historical plaque, located in the parking lot on the south end of the Human Services Center. Make sure to stop by the Yankton Visitor Center for directions to Jack’s newly laid headstone as well.
Intersection of Hwy. 81 & Hwy. 50