HBO’s Deadwood – Fact & Fiction

Other “Real” Black Hills Characters Worthy of Mention

Sarah Campbell The first African-American woman in the Black Hills.
Captain Jack Crawford The Poet-Scout
Madame Dora DuFran A Brothel Madam and Humanitarian who was so popular in Deadwood, that she wound up having “branch” houses in Sturgis, Rapid City, and Belle Fourche.
Fred Evans A Real Paul Bunyan
Alice Goassage An Inspiring Lady
Poker Alice Ivers A Poker Playing “Lady”
Lame Johnny Talented Horse Thief
Kitty LeRoy A beautiful murder victim.
Nat Love, aka: “Deadwood Dick” – The Greatest Black Cowboy in the Old West Though there were a host of men who called themselves “Deadwood Dick,” Nat Love, who really was a great cowboy, was said to have earned the title in a cowboy contest in Deadwood
Dr. Valentine T. McGillycuddy Unsung Hero of the Black Hills
Doc Perce Popular Humorist
John Perrett, aka: Potato Creek Johnny One of Deadwood’s most colorful characters, John Perrett, more often referred to as “Potato Creek Johnny,” is credited with finding one of the world’s largest gold nuggets. Though many say the nugget was actually several nuggets melted together, the tale persists, along with stories of Perrett’s other eccentricities.
Jebediah Smith The first white man in the Black Hills.
Annie Tallent The first white woman in the Black Hills.

Courtesy of HBO

No Law Can Make It Respectable!

Deadwood’s third season was its last!

On May 13, 2006, HBO confirmed that it would not pick up the options of the actors, which expired on June 11, 2006.

Though a major campaign was launched by viewers as soon as the first news of non-renewal hit the airwaves, HBO said it made its final decision.

While the ending of Deadwood was a sad state of affairs for this household, and I can’t imagine Seth Bullock being anyone other than Timothy Olyphant, Al Swearengen played by someone other than Ian McShane, and so on, the series had already lasted almost as long as the “real” Deadwood gold rush.

So, we enjoyed while we could, and hoped that HBO or someone else came up with something just as good.

After all, there are all kinds of tales yet to be told about the Old West.

Shoot, the best idea would be to have a sequel – which would be mighty easy if they [HBO] (or someone else) would move on to theLeadvilleColorado mining rush. Back in those days, people, and especially miners, were extremely transient, and it was no exception in Deadwood. When the Leadville strike was made, hundred of miners quickly fled Deadwood for new potential in Leadville. And, Leadville had all the flair, flamboyance, and violence as did Deadwood. Complete with the rags to riches fortune of the TaborsDoc Holliday as a resident, an ex- Tombstone character or two trying to shake up new gunfights, many of those same Deadwood characters were there as well, including Charlie UtterCon StapletonBilly Nuttall, and Jack Langrishe. Here’s a catchy title – Deadville to Leadville!

Then, there’s always other gold rushes, such as the Comstock Lode in Nevada, the California 49ers, or the Klondyke gold rush in Alaska.

Or, yet another tale situated in Tombstone or Dodge City; or the many stories of misery, death, destruction, and cuss words found along the trails of America’s westward expansion.

HBO has already proven that there is most definitely a profitable audience for the many tales of the Old West.

UPDATE:!! In January 2016, HBO confirmed that series creator David Milch is working on a Deadwood movie to wrap up the loose ends. As late as July of 2017, the project is still in progress, however they were facing hurdles in staffing it.

 © Kathy Weiser/Legends of America,  last updated August, 2017

Also See:

Black Hills Historic Characters & Tales

Deadwood Photo Gallery

Deadwood – Rough & Tumble Mining Camp

Deadwood Timeline

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