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The small town of Deadwood, South Dakota is an interesting one to say the least, serving residents who have now become popular because of HBO’s television series “Deadwood” such as Seth Bullock, Calamity Jane, Wild Bill Hickok and Al Swearengen, who “enticed women from the states with the lure of respectable employment. After they arrived, they were stranded, scared, and helpless, and many did not speak English. The alternative was the street-and for a woman in all-male, lawless Deadwood, that meant no alternative at all” (Ames, 16). Though it’s colorful and interesting history still jumps out at us almost 140 years later, it almost seems sometimes that the people who lived at Deadwood in the 1870’s still reside in the town today.
Hauntings seem to occur anywhere and everywhere, and Deadwood is not to be excluded. One hotspot for hauntings is that of the Bullock Hotel. One witness wrote about the Hotel that “My wife & I spent several nights in the Bullock Hotel. It was our first get-a-way weekend after our youngest daughter was bored. We looked forward to a good nights sleep. However, the next morning we awoke & asked eachother how we slept. We were both woken several times during the night by babies crying & children running through the halls. On the way out of the elevators, we were asked by the clerk how we were & we complained about the noise. She looked @ us dumfoundedly and informed us that there was noone on our floor that night & none of the guests had children with them. Walking through the halls is spooky enough. There seems like some sort of weight on your chest & the hair stands up on the back of my neck and arms!” (http://ghosttraveller.com/south_dakota.htm)
Seth Bullock, whom the hotel is named for, passed away from cancer in the hotel, in room 211. Since his death in 1919, guests and employees of the hotel have claimed to have seen his apparition. According to witnesses who have seen him, they claim that when staffers are being lazy at the hotel, his presence becomes known even more. It has also been said that his spirit even helped a little boy find his way back to his room. (http://ghosttraveller.com/south_dakota.htm)
If it is indeed Bullocks spirit, he is responsible for many other acts from beyond. Again, when employees are not doing the work they are supposed to be doing, plates and glasses shake and fly across the restaurant. Staff members often hear a disembodied male voice and witness barstools moving in Seth’s cellar by unseen forces. A broken clock in room 305 is known to chime at random times when maids are cleaning it and cleaning carts have moved by themselves. One maid was even sprayed by a shower that turned on by itself while she was cleaning it.
There have been many documented hauntings which have occured at the Bullock Hotel in Deadwood, South Dakota and they still continue to happen. Perhaps Seth, even in the afterlife, is still a stickler for a well run business, as he was in life.