Deadwood, South Dakota
Bullock Hotel Casino
History and Demographics for the Bullock Hotel Casino in Deadwood, South Dakota:
Deadwood is a city in Lawrence County, South Dakota. It is named for the dead trees found in its gulch. It is home to about 1,400 residents.
The city of Deadwood was founded in the 1870’s. It apparently lay within an area that had been granted to the native tribes in that area as spelled out in the 1868 Treaty of Laramie. Thus, it’s very existence at that time was considered illegal. The Treaty had guaranteed ownership of the area in and around Deadwood to the Lakota people.
In 1874, George Armstrong Custer claimed to have found gold in the French Creek near Custer which started a gold rush through Deadwood. Deadwood became a wild and lawless town, reaching a population of 5,000 residents.
In 1876, a fellow named Charlie Utter loaded up a wagon train with prostitutes and gamblers and brought them to Deadwood to make some money. Several prostitutes made a decent living running brothels at this time.
Deadwood is remembered famously as the final resting place of Wild Bill Hickok who met his end here along with Calamity Jane. Jack McCall, Hickok’s murderer was brought to trial in Deadwood, but because Deadwood was an illegal town, the ruling was thrown out. Jack McCall was tried in a different, legal, court, sentenced and hung.
Seth Bullock and a man named Sol Star, owned a hardware store together in Deadwood. The day after Seth Bullock arrived in Deadwood, Wild Bill Hickok was shot in the head. Bullock had been the Sheriff in Lewis and Clark County, Montana and his history made him a good candidate for sheriff in Deadwood after Wild Bill Hickok was murdered. After all Deadwood residents were finally starting to think they needed to crack down on crime.
Ghosts and Hauntings for the Bulllock Hotel Casino in Deadwood, South Dakota:
The Bullock Hotel Casino is said to be haunted by none other than Seth Bullock. Seth Bullock was the original owner of the Bullock Hotel Casino building. He and Sol Star had once had their hardware store located in this building. The building was destroyed by a fire in the 1800’s but then rebuilt by Bullock with a hotel above his hardware store.
People report feelings of uneasiness particularly on the 2nd and 3rd floors and in Bully’s Restaurant. People have also reported seeing the ghost of Set Bullock in the restaurant and in the basement of the building. Plates and glasses rattle, lights turn on and off on their own, without explanation. Objects are moved without explanation and showers also turn on and off without good reason. Visitors have reported feeling a hand on their shoulder as well as hearing disembodied whistling sounds and the sound of their name being called out by a male voice when no one is around.
The Bullock Hotel offers ghosts tours to people who are interested. Contact the Bullock Hotel for more information at 800-336-1876.
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