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Deadwood Legends Give Distorted View of History

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No place in South Dakota is filled with more colorful and unique historical characters than Deadwood. "Wild Bill" Hickok, Calamity Jane, Seth Bullock and Poker Alice are a few of the town's legends whose names are familiar to people around the world. From 19th-century dime novels through the recent HBO series Deadwood, their stories have been mythologized and their importance to the mining town often exaggerated. Hickok, for example, was only in Deadwood a few weeks before he was shot during a heated poker game in the #10 Saloon. Darrel Nelson, exhibits director at the Days of '76 Museum, joined Dakota Midday with the real and not so glamorous stories of Deadwood's legends.