They say you can learn a lot about a town by who’s buried in the cemetery.
Some of those buried at Mt. Moriah were really quite legendary.
I walked silently through all the sections. I knew who I was looking for.
They buried the unknown in Potter’s field with those who were very poor.
A large section is filled with those who died in a tragic lumber mill fire.
I found the graves of children of misfortune, madams, and a gun for hire.
I finally came to the two I had to see.. Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane.
I heard they were romantically involved but true love they couldn’t attain.
Wild Bill’s friends made a promise to him that someday when he died,
They wouldn’t bury Calamity near him. I see they must have lied.
Calamity outlived him by twenty-seven years. She’s buried on the hill.
She insisted she be buried at Mount Moriah Cemetery right next to Wild Bill.
So now they’re together for eternity, much to Wild Bill’s probable chagrin.
Shot in the back while playing poker…with a dead man’s hand he couldn’t win.
Mt Moriah Cemetery is in Deadwood, South Dakota
Never tire of hearing stories of Deadwood. Thanks for this and the great old pictures. Two of my three kids still remember visiting there. One never has been to SD.