It was 2007 when my friend Andrea and I explored the town as part of our road trip to Mount Rushmore. I was vaguely aware of the HBO show Deadwood at the time, but it was actually my visit to the location that sparked my interest in the program and not the other way around.
We wandered down main street stopping at Saloon No. 10, the location where Wild Bill was shot and killed while playing a game of poker. Enjoying a few drinks we viewed all the old photos that lined the walls. They made it easy to picture the time period when Deadwood was just a dusty collection of saloons and brothels and South Dakota was simply the Dakota Territory.
|A drink in Saloon No. 10 where Wild Bill was shot.
It was then up the hill to the Mt. Moriah Cemetery. There we were able to see to the grave sites of Wild Bill and Calamity Jane, as well as enjoy the panoramic view of Deadwood in the valley below. We toured the cemetery with a newsprint map, taking care not to lose our footing along some of the steeply sloped paths.
|I became hooked on the HBO show once we got back.