Deadwood Nights - Secrets of Deadwood
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The town of Deadwood, South Dakota sprang up overnight as the result of the famous Black Hills Gold Rush of 1876. It quickly became a bustling town of 5,000 residents made up of miners, madams, merchants, confidence men, gamblers and gunfighters. Home to such legendary characters as Calamity Jane, Poker Alice, potato Creek Johnny, and Seth Bullock, this rough and tumble wild west town became famous for being the place Wild Bill Hickok was gunned down. Lewis Clark, George Armstrong Custer, Buffalo Bill, Wyatt Earp, and the Sundance Kid all passed through Deadwood in search of fame, fortune, and adventure. By all accounts, the ensuing years were a wild and wooly time to be living here. Legalized prostitution ended its controversial run as late as 1980, having prospered in Deadwood for 104 years. By the late 1980's, the town found itself lacking resources and was in need of significant investment and repair. It has since become a flagship example of how a town can rise from the ashes on the heels of legalized gambling. Although the population of Deadwood today is only 1,270, the town boasts over 130 casinos, restaurants, and saloons - and is host to over two million visitors annually. There's still a lot of characters in Deadwood - locals and visitors alike - and there's never a dull moment here. It's easy to see how one can become addicted to all the nighttime activities in this town. However, history has generally proven that enjoyed to excess, this is not a favorable combination for most people. All the legends are created during the late night/early morning taxi business - and you may very well find some of the stories hard to believe. Many of the stories are interesting, some are just plain odd. Many are funny, some are not. Many are happy stories, but some are sad. Some are revealing, some are not. All the stories in this book are true - and portray real people doing real things. From investment bankers and cowboys to pageant queens and bar maids: from your regular husbands and wives to casino dealers and students and everyone in between -at their very best and their very worst. These are their stories.