Mount Moriah was established in 1877 or 1878, it was need as the Ingleside cemetery (which was located just down the hill from Mount Moriah) was more useful for building houses. Most bodies from the Ingelside cemetery where exhumed and reburied at Mount Moriah. However, human remains have been found recently in the residential neighborhood of Deadwood where the Ingleside cemetery once was.
There are numerous sections at the cemetery. The Chinese section only has a few remaining graves, as most bodies were exhumed and returned to China. There is a Jewish section in the upper portion of the cemetery. The Masonic section is located in the center of the cemetery and has some of the most elaborate grave stones.
Several unmarked grave are located in the cemetery as well. Potter’s Fields, as they are called, are the final resting place of many of the early workers of Deadwood.
How do you get to Mount Moriah Cemetery in Deadwood SD?
The easiest way is to take one of the many bus tours offered in downtown Deadwood (usually from about mid-May through September).
The road is steep to Mount Moriah, so driving RV’s and trucks with trailers is not recommended. From Sherman Street, you turn on to cemetery street at the stop light. Cemetery Street will take you to Lincoln Street in Presidential neighborhood of Deadwood. Take Lincoln street straight up the hill to Mount Moriah. There are several signs pointing the way.
Who is buried at Mount Moriah?
James Butler Hickok “Wild Bill” – Murdered August 2, 1876. He was shot in the back of the head by Jack McCall.
Potato Creek Johnny – Died February 21, 1943. He claimed to have the largest gold nugget ever found in the Black Hills. Many believed he melted several nuggets together. No matter the case, he was a colorful character.
Martha Canary “Calamity Jane” – Died 1903. Her dieing wish was to be buried next to Wild Bill and she is.
Henry Weston Smith “Preacher Smith” – Murdered August 20, 1876. He was traveling from Deadwood to Crook City, he’d left a note on his door “Gone to Crook City to preach, and if God is wiling, will be back at three o’clock.” There is a monument to Preacher Smith just north of Deadwood on Highway 85.
Seth Bullock – Bullock’s grave is 750 feet above Mt. Moriah, he requested that he be buried facing Mt Roosevelt. It is strenuous hike to the grave, if you are going make sure you have good shoes and plenty of water.
There are many more of Deadwood’s important historical figures buried here, be sure to grab a guide to the cemetery at the entrance.