It’s been a while, but road trip pics are back! Last fall we surprised the kids with a 5,000 mile road trip to the wild west, where we missed most of the national parks thanks to the govt shutdown (grrr) but we still had a BLAST. I took thousands of pictures (literally) and I’ve been sharing some of my favorites. Today we visit Deadwood, SD and the famed Mt. Moriah Cemetery. (If you’ve missed previous posts, links will be found following these images.)
Our first view of Deadwood (our RV park is at that first left visible just after the curve)
The famed Mount Moriah Cemetery, resting place of Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane, and Seth Bullock.
Deadwood’s first lawman, Seth Bullock, is buried here along with his wife, Martha. This gravesite is 750 feet beyond the cemetery proper — a steep hike up loose gravel, but definitely worth the trip.
A view of Deadwood from Mt. Moriah. The buildings to your right line Main Street.
Mt. Moriah Cemetery – The paths through the cemetery are named so it’s easier to find the numerous famous folks within.
Wild Bill Hickok’s hand-carved grave marker.
Another view of Mt. Moriah Cemetery
A re-enactment of Wild Bill Hickok’s murder in Saloon No. 10
This is the actual building where Wild Bill was shot on August 2, 1876.
A view of Deadwood’s Main street.
The taller building is the Bullock Hotel, so named for the first sheriff of Deadwood, Seth Bullock. The hotel is widely reported to be haunted. (They didn’t have any vacancies or we’d have stayed there.)
We had company at the RV park, which if you’ll recall from the first picture is right there on Main Street. Most of the long, narrow town backs up to steep hillside. We happened to have a creek by our RV site, so we enjoyed quite a few visitors, including this one.
Next we hit the road for Wyoming and Devil’s Tower, the exposed cone of a volcano that makes for one heck of a landmark. Meanwhile, if you’ve missed any pics, you’ll find them here: