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Deadwood, South Dakota

The famous and the infamous have called Deadwood and theBlack Hills home over the last several centuries. Lewis and Clark, Wild Bill Hickok, Wyatt Earp, George Armstrong Custer, Poker Alice, the Sundance Kid, Calamity Jane, and many others have all passed through here in search of fortune and adventure.

But, long before the arrival of the white man, the land was home to the Cheyenne, Kiowa, Pawnee Crow and Sioux (orLakota ) Indians. The Sioux, who migrated from Minnesota in the 1700's, dominated a tract of land large enough to support the buffalo herds on which they subsisted.

At about the same time as the Lakota migration, French Canadian explorers began mapping the Missouri River and trading with the Indians for pelts and hides to be shipped back East. Adventurers Francois and Joseph La Verendrye claimed the region for King Louis XV in 1743 by placing an engraved lead plate on the bank of the Missouri River near present-day Pierre.

Bill Hickok, lawman & gunfighter painting

Bill Hickok, lawman & gunfighter painting

Bill Hickok, lawman & gunfighter, 1867

Bill Hickok, lawman & gunfighter, 1867

Bill Hickok, lawman and gunfighter

Bill Hickok, lawman and gunfighter

Calamity Jane in buckskins

Calamity Jane in buckskins

Calamity Jane, rowdy woman of the west, 1870

Calamity Jane, rowdy woman of the west, 1870

Calamity Jane, rowdy woman of the west, 1895

Calamity Jane, rowdy woman of the west, 1895

Calamity Jane, rowdy woman of the west, 1895

Calamity Jane, rowdy woman of the west, 1895

Deadwood, SD - Downtown View, 1888

Deadwood, SD -  Downtown View, 1888

Deadwood, SD - 1876

Deadwood, SD - 1876

Deadwood, SD - 1888

Deadwood, SD - 1888

Deadwood, SD - 1912

Deadwood, SD - 1912

Deadwood, SD - Bill Hickok Grave

Deadwood, SD - Bill Hickok Grave

Deadwood, SD - Bill Hickok Grave

Deadwood, SD - Bill Hickok Grave

Deadwood, SD - Bodega Saloon

Deadwood, SD - Bodega Saloon

Deadwood, SD - Bullock Hotel

Deadwood, SD - Bullock Hotel

Deadwood, SD - City Hall, 1890

Deadwood, SD - City Hall, 1890

Deadwood, SD - Fairmont Hotel

Deadwood, SD - Fairmont Hotel

Deadwood, SD - Franklin Hotel

Deadwood, SD - Franklin Hotel

Deadwood, SD - From Mt. Moriah, 1888

Deadwood, SD - From Mt. Moriah, 1888

Deadwood, SD - From the south, 1876

Deadwood, SD - From the south, 1876

Guestbook for Deadwood
1.Wayne Young(non-registered)
Very interesting sight. I could spend days here reading the history of Deadwood as well as the characters that lived and died there.