A damp dusk was descending on Deadwood, South Dakota when we drifted into town at the end of May:
The townsfolk weren't getting along.
South Dakota doesn't seem to have very strict gun control laws - no surprise.
Fortunately, a man in a white hat came to rescue and calmed things down.
We headed up the hill to mist-shrouded Mt. Moriah Cemetary.
A melancholy place filled with children's graves,
and sad reminders of the harsh conditions in early Deadwood where life was "solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short."
Esther Margaret Peterson, 6 years old. " Asleep in Jesus soon to rise, when the last trump shall rend the skies."
Tutsie Moser, age 5 mo. 7 da.
Mabel Brewster, 7 Mos.
Mt. Moriah's most famous residents: Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane:
Deadwood circa 2012 - over 700 slot machines and a woman in a bathtub filled with cotton batting:
The American Legion in Lead, S.D.:
The Valley Corner in Spearfish, SD:
The Homestake Gold Mine in Lead, South Dakota - the largest, deepest gold mine in North America:
Little known Black Hills tourist traps lost in the mist of time:
You never know what you'll find in the fog...
Peter made friends with a Black Hills mountain lion!