Jack McCall sneaking up on Wild Bill

Sturgis and Deadwood were our ports of call today. My sister-in-law Connie had to get a 2011 Sturgis Rally shirt for her brother and take a few photos of the fairly empty streets that will soon be filled with hundreds of thousands of motorcycles.

None of us gambled, but instead took a tour of the oldest town in that part of the state, where the discovery of gold kicked off a boom town. At Boot Hill Cemetery we visited the graves of Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane, and learned more of western lore. History is fun and interesting to learn firsthand like that, and stays with you much longer.

At Saloon #10 we watched a reenactment of Jack McCall sneaking up on Wild Bill during a poker game, where Bill met his untimely demise.

Author: St. Joseph's Indian School

At St. Joseph's Indian School, our privately-funded programs for Lakota (Sioux) children in need have evolved over 90 years of family partnership, experience and education. Because of generous friends who share tax-deductible donations, Native American youth receive a safe, stable home life; individual counseling and guidance; carefully planned curriculum based on Lakota culture and individual student needs and tools to help build confidence, boost self-esteem and improve cultural awareness. All of this helps children to live a bright, productive, possibility-filled future.

2 thoughts on “Jack McCall sneaking up on Wild Bill”

  1. Wow! How I wish I could come out and see all of these wonderful sites in South Dakota! Thanks so much for sharing your family’s visit with us! Maybe some day…

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