Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Deadwood's "Boot HIll"

Every legendary Old West town must have a "Boot Hill" cemetery containing at least one famous figure from the town's past. Deadwood, South Dakota's version is Mount Moriah Cemetery high on a mountain overlooking the former mining camp's casinos.

Finding Mount Moriah is fairly easy once you are in Deadwood as signs point the way and an American flag that is never retired flies from a prominent point above Main Street. It is a steep climb to the cemetery, so large RVs and campers are requested to not attempt the drive. Instead, several bus tour companies offer trips through town that include the cemetery. The drivers of the buses are usually very entertaining and informative.

Star of the show here is of course Wild Bill Hickok, who's grave is marked with a beautiful bronze replica of one of several headstones that have over the years been stolen or destroyed. At first glance, the angle that Wild Bill's headstone sits seems to make for bad photography. With a little creativity in angles, good pictures can be found.




Resting next to Hickok is Martha Jane "Calamity Jane" Canary. Her grave is a bit less photogenic, but just as historic.


One of Deadwood's prominent early citizens that gets a bit less attention is Seth Bullock. His grave is separated from rest of the cemetery and a hike further up the hill through the trees. Maps are available at the ticket booth for the cemetery. Fans of the HBO television series "Deadwood" will appreciate seeing his chosen resting place.


Also not to be missed is the view of Deadwood from near the flagpole.

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