March 07, 2014

Wild Bill and Calamity Jane Facts

  • The U.S. government tried to conceal the discovery of gold in Deadwood in order to keep peace with local Native American tribes. It didn’t work.

  • The Chinese population in Deadwood was big enough to create a Chinatown complete with its own fire department.

  • Gambling and prostitution in Deadwood were still legal at the turn of the 20th Century.

  • In the early 1870s, condoms were common and easy to get, but in 1873, they were banned for promoting immorality.

  • In the mid-1870s, bout 90% of the women in Deadwood were prostitutes.

  • More than 25 million ounces of gold have been taken out of the Black Hills around Deadwood.

  • Between 1874 and 1877, Deadwood saw as many as 20,000 prospectors.

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