Deadwood in 1876: General View of the Dakota Hills Digital History ID 2772

Deadwood in 1876: General View of the Dakota Hills

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Annotation: The Lakota Indians were officially granted the Black Hills under the Treaty of Laramie of 1868. However, the discovery of gold by George Armstrong Custer’s expedition triggered the Black Hills Gold Rush. Prospectors flocked to the area, creating the town of Deadwood. Deadwood was known as a lawless, wild town where gambling and prostitution flourished. The infamous gunfighter and lawman, Wild Bill Hickok, was killed while playing poker at a saloon in the town of Deadwood. He is buried there, along with frontierswoman Calamity Jane.
Year: 1876

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