Tag Archives: Deadwood

Seth Bullock (04/08)

Seth Bullock may not be my favorite character on the HBO series Deadwood, but thanks to the DVD extras I learned some interesting facts about the actual man who was referred as “a true Westerner, the finest type of frontiersman” by his good friend Theodore Roosevelt.

seth_bullock

He helped create Yellowstone National Park in 1872.

He was a close friend of Theodore Roosevelt’s beginning with their first meeting in 1884.

Although the camp never left Louisiana, Bullock made Captain of Troop A in Grigsby’s Cowboy Regiment of Roosevelt’s Rough Riders during the Spanish-American War.

After Roosevelt’s death in January 1919, Bullock created a monument to him with the aid of the Black Hill Pioneers, dedicated on July 4, 1919, on Sheep Mountain, which was renamed Mount Roosevelt.

Bullock dies shortly there after of cancer. He is buried in Mount Moriah Cemetery in Deadwood, along with Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane, with his grave facing Mount Roosevelt.

Leave a comment

Filed under life

Dead Man’s Hand (03/04)

I have long been familiar with the following:

Poker, Wild Bill Hickok, & Dead Man's Hand

Poker, Wild Bill Hickok, & Dead Man's Hand

I knew that a ‘dead man’s hand’ was a poker term and that Wild Bill was a figure in the Old West (and that poker is a card game of course), but I didn’t know how they all fit together.

First of all, Wild Bill was a gambler and loved playing poker. Sadly, he was also killed while playing the game. The cards that were in his hand that fateful game – 2 Aces and 2 Eights – thus, a Dead Man’s Hand.

Leave a comment

Filed under life