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  • Deadwood History

    William Jennings Bryan spoke to an immense crowd in Deadwood in August,1899. Bryan spoke from a stand in front of the Deadwood Opera House, which was located across from the site later occupied by the Franklin Hotel.

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Madam Dora DuFran or Dora Bolshaw (née Amy Helen Bolshaw) (November 16, 1868 - August 5, 1934) was one of the leading and most successful madams in the Old West days of Deadwood, South Dakota. Dora coined the term "cathouse." She had several brothels over the years and from time to time Old West personality Martha Jane Burke (Calamity Jane) was in her employ.

The cookstove in the Surveyor's house in DeSmet, South Dakota

Homesteader cutting sod for a sod house on the South Dakota prairie. Homesteaders used a special plow to cut blocks of prairie sod that were 18 inches wide and 24 inches long and weighed about fifty pounds each.

Deadwood, South Dakota.....

And we think our driving's crazy! 1889, Deadwood Stagecoach. Two stages can actually be seen crossing an old bridge.

Deadwood, South Dakota in 1877.

Deadwood in 1876." General view of the Dakota Territory gold rush town from a hillside above