Whilst on my escorted coach tour in 2011, I stopped off at Deadwood, South Dakota. I only stopped one night here & I didn't get to see much of it. Hopefully, I will get back again someday.
Deadwood, South Dakota.
Settled illegally in the 1870s, on land which had been granted to the Lakota people in the 1868 Treaty of Fort Laramie, Deadwood was named by early settlers because of all the dead trees around its gulch. Its heydey was whilst the gold rush in the black hills was on. Wild West figures such as Wyatt Earp, Calamity Jane & Wild Bill Hickok were all known to have spent time there. In fact, Wild Bill Hickok was killed there.
After our coach dropped us all off in our hotel, I went for a walk along Main Street in Deadwood. Most of the street was taken up by casinos, bars & restaurants. I walked along until I found the bar, Saloon 10, that claims it was the bar where Wild Bill Hickok was shot. In reality, the bar is no longer there & was on the opposite side of the street anyway. There is a marker there showing where it used to be. Saloon 10 is quite a nice bar & I had a meal there before posing for a photo in my Arsenal shirt, under a memorabilia wall in the bar. After having my photo taken I then had a game of pool in the pool hall before setting off for my walk back to the hotel.
Wild Bill was shot in the back of the head by Jack McCall whilst playing poker. The hand of cards which he supposedly held at the time of his death has become known as the dead man's hand, two pairs, black aces & eights.
Luckily for me, some other people on the coach tour, saw me walking back to the hotel & stopped their taxi to give me a lift back. Once back at the hotel I had a few beers in the hotel bar before going to bed.
I had wanted to go to the Mount Moriah Cemetery where both Wild Bill Hickok & Calamity Jane had been buried but it was unreachable due to a local mudslide when I was there & I couldn't visit it.