Historic Deadwood Photos



View east of city of Deadwood from Engleside and Cleveland by J. C. H. Grabill, Photographer, Deadwood & Sturgis, Dakota Ter, circa 1888, Copyright Library of Congress,
Grabill Collection.

Gordon Stockade 1876 on French Creek in Dakota Territory, a civilian stockade located near present day Custer in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Men pose at the entrance to the stockade,
Photographer D. S. Daniel Sedgley Mitchell, © Denver Public Library.

Brig. Gen. George Crook taken at Cheyenne 1876
Photographer D. S. Daniel Sedgley Mitchell, © Brigham Young University, Provo, UT 84602, courtesy, L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library.

Toll Gate at the foot of Big Hill, Whitewood, Deadwood South Dakota, 1876,
Photographer D. S. Daniel Sedgley Mitchell, © Denver Public Library.

Deadwood Stage Old Silver Top, Deadwood South Dakota, January 22, 1876,
Driver holds shotgun, two men on ground, one of whom is Tom Grant, © Denver Public Library.

Scene of the massacre of the Metz Family April 16, 1876, Red Canyon, 38 mile south of Custer City,
Photographer D. S. Daniel Sedgley Mitchell, © Denver Public Library.

Mining Claim 14 and 15 below discovery, Deadwood Gulch, miners running sluice boxes 1876
Unprecedented yield Deadwood Gulch No. 14 below discovery, No. 15 below discovery, Robert P. Kennon, M. J. Flanney, Black Hills Pioneer, July 1, 1876. Death Robert P. Kennon Black Hills Daily Pioneer Oct 14 1876. No. 14 below discovery, found spectacles, thigh bone Black Hills Daily Times May 29 1877.
© Denver Public Library.

Gold miners, boxed sluice in a gold placer mine pit, Black Hills, South Dakota 1876,
© Denver Public Library.

Gold miner dress and attire while in a gold placer mine pit, Black Hills, South Dakota 1876,
© Denver Public Library.

Miners in a gold placer mine pit, tailings, sluice boxes, and wheelbarrows, Black Hills, South Dakota 1876,
© Denver Public Library.

Hidden Treasure Mine, claim May 13, 1876, located two miles outside of Deadwood on Spring Gulch, produced twenty thousand dollars in gold within the year,
Deadwood, South Dakota © Denver Public Library.

Pioneer Quartz mill located a short distance above Gayville on Deadwood gulch September 25, 1876,
consisted of a Blake crusher and Bolthoff ball pulverizer powered by steam was brought to the Black Hills by Captain C. V. Gardner by heavy freight wagons to process conglomerate ore from the Hidden Treasure mine on Spring Gulch, South Dakota © Denver Public Library.

Deadwood South Dakota 1876, early Main Street,
© American Memory Library of Congress.

Deadwood South Dakota 1876 -1877, early Main Street resident, photo of "Aunt Sally" Sarah A. Campbell, 1st African American in the Black Hills,
© Denver Public Library.

Deadwood South Dakota 1876 - 1877, early Main Street tents, log cabins and buildings under construction. Pioneer "Aunt Sally" Sarah A. Campbell's tent shown next to a large ball of wooden sticks, was located at the entrance to Deadwood City,
Photographer W. G. William Gunnison Chamberlain, © Denver Public Library.

Deadwood South Dakota 1876 -1877, early Main Street,"Aunt Sally" Sarah A. Campbell in foregound with white apron, street scene includes C. H. Flucken Denver Grocery, J. Shoudy City Meat Market located in the Deadwood Post Office and the Senate Saloon,
© South Dakota State Historical Society and BlackPast.org.

Central City outside of Deadwood 1887, D. David Rodocker & Seth Blanchard photographers of Winfield, Cowley, Kansas, Black Hills Stereoscopic Views for Sale Singly or in Sets, Views of Quartz and Placer operations and the most attractive scenery of the Black Hills Region, its Mountains, Rivers, Cascades and Towns, address Rodocker & Blanchard, Deadwood, copyright NYPL Digital Gallery, New York Public Library.

Placer Mining Claim, No. 1, above Discovery, Deadwood 1877 photographers Rodocker & Blanchard, Deadwood, D.T., No. 4 in Rodocker & Blanchard's Views of the Black Hills Mining Country and in the Sioux Indian Country, published by L.M. Melander & Bro., Chicago, IL, sold by Cowan Auctions 2010.

Unknown human and animal remains Custer Battle as of 1877,
site of the Battle of Little Bighorn near the Crow Agency, Montana, © Denver Public Library.

Lieut. J. J. Crittenden, 20th Infantry, fell here in Custer Battle, June 25, 1876,
site of the Battle of Little Bighorn near the Crow Agency, Montana, View 1877 of a man painting letters on the grave cross of Lieutenant J. J. Crittenden, of the 20th Infantry, who died in the Little Bighorn Battle in 1876, © Denver Public Library.

Deadwood City 1878
© Denver Public Library.

Deadwood Coach about 1885, traveling high above Deadwood Gulch, passengers and messenger atop, pulled by a team of six white horses,
© Denver Public Library.

Deadwood South Dakota 1900, American Memory Library of Congress.

Deadwood South Dakota 1902, American Memory Library of Congress.

Deadwood South Dakota, Ghost Town Old Barn 1937, American Memory Library of Congress.

Deadwood South Dakota, Ghost Town Old 3 Story House 1937, American Memory Library of Congress.

Deadwood South Dakota 1909, American Memory Library of Congress.

Christine Berg 1937 former boardinghouse keeper in early days of Deadwood, American Memory Library of Congress.

Hardin Family of Two-Bit near Deadwood, Ghost Town Homestead 1937 closeup, American Memory Library of Congress.

Hardin Family of Two-Bit near Deadwood, Ghost Town Homestead 1937 all structures, American Memory Library of Congress.

Jim Hardin once a wealthy mining promoter of Two Bit near Deadwood, Ghost Town 1937, American Memory Library of Congress.

Old office of the gold mining company of Two Bit near Deadwood, Ghost Town 1937, American Memory Library of Congress.

Old hotel and boarding house for single men at town of Two Bit near Deadwood, Ghost Town 1937, American Memory Library of Congress.

Gold miner filing his pick at Two Bit Creek near Deadwood, Ghost Town 1937, American Memory Library of Congress.

Mosler's Safe Lock at Two Bit Creek near Deadwood, Ghost Town 1937, American Memory Library of Congress.

Muffle furnace for assaying gold ores of Two Bit Creek near Deadwood, Ghost Town 1937, American Memory Library of Congress.

Old boiler at the Hardin mine near Two Bit Creek near Deadwood, Ghost Town 1937, American Memory Library of Congress.

Counter of main mining office at old town of Two Bit Creek, closeup, near Deadwood, Ghost Town 1937, American Memory Library of Congress.

Counter of main mining office at old town of Two Bit Creek, other structures shown through window, near Deadwood, Ghost Town 1937, American Memory Library of Congress.

The Great Deadwood Mystery by Bret Harte, Serial: Scribner's Monthly, an illustrated magazine for the people Volume 0017 Issue 2 (December 1878), read full text


Ox Freight Train between Sturgis and Deadwood 1887, Photographer John H. C. Grabill, © Grabill Collection Library of Congress.

Ox teams at Sturgis, D.T. i.e. Dakota Territory 1887 - 1892, Photographer John H. C. Grabill, © Grabill Collection Library of Congress.

Freighting in the Black Hills, Sturgis, Dakota Territory 1887 - 1892, Photographer John H. C. Grabill, © Grabill Collection Library of Congress.

Freighting in the Black Hills, Sturgis, Dakota Territory 1887 - 1892, Photographer John H. C. Grabill, © Grabill Collection Library of Congress.

Freighting in the Black Hills, Sturgis, Dakota Territory 1887 - 1892, Photographer John H. C. Grabill, © Grabill Collection Library of Congress.

View of Deadwood from Mt. Moriah Cemetery 1888, Photographer John H. C. Grabill, © Grabill Collection Library of Congress.

View of Deadwood from Engleside 1888, Photographer John H. C. Grabill, © Grabill Collection Library of Congress.

View of Deadwood from McGovern 1888, Photographer John H. C. Grabill, © Grabill Collection Library of Congress.

View of Deadwood from Mrs. Livingston's Hill 1887 - 1892, Photographer John H. C. Grabill, © Grabill Collection Library of Congress.

View of Deadwood from Forest Hill 1888, Photographer John H. C. Grabill, © Grabill Collection Library of Congress.

Altitude. Part of Deadwood as seen from big flume, showing steps, stairways, and roads from store to residence 1887 - 1892, Photographer John H. C. Grabill, © Grabill Collection Library of Congress.

View of Deadwood Celebration 1888
Building of reduction works for processing gold and silver
, Photographer John H. C. Grabill, © Grabill Collection Library of Congress.

View of Deadwood Parade 1888 with Grand Central Hotel Balcony on Right, celebration of stretch of railroad built, Photographer John H. C. Grabill, © Grabill Collection Library of Congress.
Wild Bill, Calamity Jane and Deadwood Actresses

Calamity Jane 1880 Miles City, Montana, a less known image of Jane Canary, seated on a divan, attired in an elegant dress with bows, large white scarf tied in bow about the neckline, hat trimmed with a boa arranged in a snake like manner, elaborate pincurl bangs under hat brim, photographed by L. A. Huffman, Montana Historical Society.

Calamity Jane 1880 © aidac-academie.com/lettre

Calamity Jane and her horse Bess 1885 - 1901, Calamity Jane in her kitchen at Yellowstone, Montana 1901, Down the Yellowstone By Lewis Ransome Freeman, Dodd and Mead and company, 1922.

Calamity Jane, Martha Jane Canary Burke 1879 - 1903, The Wide World Magazine, A Heroine of the Wild West, by W. G. Patterson, 1903.

Calamity Jane, Martha Jane Canary Burke 1879 - 1903, The Wide World Magazine, A Heroine of the Wild West, by W. G. Patterson, 1903.

Colonel Jack(John) S. Langrishe, 1861 to 1870,
© Denver Public Library.

Opening Night November 20, 1879, Tabor Opera House, Leadville, Colorado
Colonel Jack(John) S. Langrishe opened at Tabor Opera House, Leadville, Co, Nov 23 1879 after leaving Deadwood. The stage as it appeared opening night November 20, 1879. Interior view of Leadville, Colorado's Tabor Opera House stage on opening night, November 20, 1879. The first show was "The Serious Family," a Jack S. Langrishe production. In the foreground are Andrews' ornate cast iron and upholstered opera chairs and a piano with sheet music. Proscenium boxes with lambrequins, lace curtains and gas chandeliers are on either side of the stage. An ornate frescoed ceiling near the stage includes a painting of cherubs, flowers and ribbons. The set includes a painted flat with three arches, several pieces of funiture, framed paintings, a taxidermied leopard, and a portrait of Horace Tabor on an easel at stage right. Tabor contracted J. Thomas Roberts to build the three-story opera house in 1879.
© Denver Public Library.

George Hearst 1885
© Picture History.

Wild Bill Hickok and Charles Overton in New York 1870,
© Picture History.

Admired Deadwood Actress Fanny B. Price 1865, Jack Langrishe Company
© Picture History.

Actress Augusta Chambers 1870,
Admired Deadwood actress, Jack Langrishe Company
© Picture History.

Benefit last night was largely attended
Feb 06 1878
Chambers, Augusta
Bullock, Seth attendee
Star, Sol attendee

Actress Ada Gray 1870
Arrived in Deadwood November 1879 with her New York troupe.
Members Emma Whittle and J. P. Clark performed with the Jack Langrishe Company for a few weeks November 1879.
© Picture History.

Comedienne Fannie Beane 1870 Popular vaudeville comedienne Bella Union.
Fanny married her partner Charles Gilday in Deadwood, forming the Beane-Gilday Troupe.
© Picture History.

Comedienne Fannie Beane 1875
Popular vaudeville comedienne Bella Union.
© Picture History.

Trapeze Artist and Circus Performer Mademoiselle Jeannette 1875,
Trapeze artist Bella Union Theatre
© Picture History.

Trapeze Artist and Circus Performer Mademoiselle Jeannette 1875,
Trapeze artist Bella Union Theatre
© Picture History.

Danseuse Amelia Gorenflo 1865, Gem Theatre Dancer and variety artist. Amelia's 5 year old daughter Addie would be severly burned in 1880. The daughter recovered with the help of Dr. Wilms
© Picture History.

Danseuse Amelia Gorenflo 1875,
Gem Theatre Dancer and variety artist.
© Picture History.

Ada Richmond 1870 Theatre Manaager and variety artist.
© Picture History.


Straight from Ada Richmond's Burlesque Opera Co.
Inregard to: Sexton, Inez, Gem Theatre songstress
Dec 30 1879

Actress Annie Firmin 1870,
Actress Firman-Jack Company
© Picture History.

Firman-Jack performance tomorrow.
In regard to: Firman-Jack Company.
In regard to: Firman, Annie.
In regard to: Jack, John.
June 20, 1886

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