|Deadwood's main street in 1876|
In fact, the show's town and its rough-and-lovely characters are based on the real thing.
And, being a real thing in the post-camera era, there are photos--really amazing, fascinating photos.
Deadwood, South Dakota, was settled illegally in the 1870s, contrary to the American government's treaty with the Lakota people of the Black Hills. The town's population soared after the 1874 announcement that gold had been found in the hills.
|Seth Bullock, sheriff and co-owner of the Deadwood hardware store|
|The Gem Theater in 1878 (owner Al Swearengen sits in the buggy at the left)|
|Sol Star, co-owner of the Deadwood hardwood store, and later, town mayor|
|The Deadwood stagecoach in 1889|
|Wild Bill Hickok, famed gunfighter, shot and killed in Deadwood in 1876|
|Parade in Deadwood in 1888, celebrating the completion of a section of the railroad|
|Calamity Jane, frontierswoman and resident of Deadwood from 1876-81|
|Monument to Wild Bill Hickok in Deadwood, 1891|
- All from Wikimedia [link]
- Wikipedia [link (town) and link (TV show)]
- Deadwood: Stories of the Black Hills, by showrunner David Milch (Bloomsbury, 2006). [Amazon link] A truly fabulous book with gorgeous photos and plenty of tales of both TV show and town.