Nestled on a mountainous plateau overlooking Deadwood's downtown core district is one of the premier historic cemeteries in Black Hills: Mount Moriah Cemetery. Established in 1878, this cemetery contains some of North America's most recognized Western legends, including James Butler "Wild Bill" Hickok, Martha "Calamity Jane" Canary, Seth Bullock, John "Potato Creek Johnny" Perrett, and Henry Weston "Preacher" Smith. They represent a small portion of the more than 3,600 people buried in Mount Moriah whose memories have been carved, chiseled, and etched into the monuments within this cemetery. Deadwood's Mount Moriah Cemetery is a combination of historic and contemporary photographs chronicling the history of the cemetery and the stories of the individualsboth colorful and illustriouswho helped carve Deadwood into the annals of the American West.
About the Author
Michael W. Runge, the archivist for the City of Deadwood, has been involved in the research and interpretation of Mount Moriah Cemetery for 15 years. The photographs in this book were gathered through resources from local and regional archives, including the City of Deadwood Archives; the Deadwood Public Library; Deadwood History, Inc.; Historic Black Hills Studios; the Minnilusa Historical Association; and the Denver Public Library.
Table of Contents
1 Deadwood's First Cemetery 9
2 Mount Moriah Cemetery 25
3 Sections 1-4 and Sections 10 and 11 63
4 Third Addition, Sections 1 and 2 95
5 Sections 5-9, Potters Fields, and Section A 109
The Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission 127