Deadwood South Dakota and Its Historical Wild West Characters

One of our favorite places to visit is Deadwood, South Dakota. Between the history and many things to do, we always enjoy our stay. In this episode of The Strange podcast and video talk show, we are joined by Darrel Nelson the Exhibits Director for Deadwood History, Inc. in Deadwood, South Dakota, which operates Deadwood’s several history museums, including the Adams Museum.

Darrel is an expert in Deadwood’s wild west history and  talks to us about Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane, Seth Bullock, Al Swearingen and The Gem Saloon, Mr. Wu and Chinatown and more. Click player to listen to this eye-opening talk about the town’s real-life characters that were featured in HBO® Deadwood.

👉 HBO series and movie, Deadwood

👉 Video version of interview: Click Here

Our Interview with one of Deadwood’s Historians: Click Here

reenactors dressed in cowboy wear standing next to a covered wagon.
Deadwood reenactors on Main Street’s Outlaw Arena

1876 Deadwood was recently made famous with the HBO series and movie, Deadwood. It inspired a whole new flock of individuals to fall in love with this Wild West town they had never been too.

In 1876, the mining town of Deadwood was born when prospectors came across a gulch that was full of dead trees and a creek full of gold. Hence the name Deadwood.

The town grew over night. The gold rush brought famous Wild West characters such as Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane, Seth Bullock, Wyatt Earp, Al Swearingen, Colorado Charlie Utter, Sol Starr, and more. All portrayed in the Deadwood series.

Don’t miss our video below: “Walking the Streets of Deadwood, South Dakota.”

Old time brown and white picture of James Hickok
James Hickok. aka Wild Bill Hickok

Many of these character lay to rest in the hilltop cemetery Mt. Moriah. Which has a beautiful view of Deadwood below. When visiting the cemetery, you will come across Seth Bullock, Wild Bill Hickok, and Calamity Jane’s gravesites. Bill and Jane are buried next to each other. And Seth is on a hilltop above the cemetery. See our tour video on Mt. Moriah: Click Here to watch video.

The town still has that Wild West flare. During the summer months they perform reenactments all over the town. The cemetery is a tourist attraction. And the hotels and bars offer low stake gambling. Such as blackjack, slots, and more.

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Man walking down the sidewalk of Main Street Deadwood
Historic Main Street Deadwood

During the first weeks of August, the town comes alive with motorcycles arriving to partake in the yearly Sturgis motorcycle rally.  Which is the next town over.

We highly recommend you plan a trip to Deadwood and the Black Hills. Between Mt Rushmore, The Crazy Horse Memorial, Custer State Park, Devil’s Tower and more, you will not be disappointed. See our interactive map below.

Make sure to check out all our Deadwood and Black Hills video: Click to start our Black Hills playlist

👉 Deadwood complete series (DVD):

Old time Brown and white of Seth Bullock
Seth Bullock

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