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.
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.