Monday, June 15, 2009

Book Review: Seth Bullock: Black Hills Lawman by David A Wolff

If you are planning to travel to South Dakota this summer and see the Black Hills, then you may want to read about Seth Bullock.

Part of the South Dakota Biography series, extensive notes, bibliography and index make this a must read for anyone interested in the history of Deadwood. As a student or traveler to South Dakota, Seth Bullock by David A. Wolff and Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane by James D. McLaird are not to be missed. The recent popularity of the HBO series Deadwood brings added interest to the history of South Dakota during the Gold Rush period.

Seth Bullock was already in his late twenties when he went to Deadwood with Sol Star to open Star and Bullock Hardware. Seth Bullock’s many accomplishments during his lifetime include: first sheriff appointed by Governor Pennington to bring order to Deadwood; the first Black Hills Reserve forest supervisor; and Bullock as U.S. Marshal for South Dakota appointed by President Teddy Roosevelt.

Seth Bullock died, September 23, 1919 in Deadwood at the age of 73 and is buried next to his wife, Martha, in the cemetery above Deadwood.

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