Monday, March 9, 2009

Deadwood, South Dakota: Calamity Jane's Gravesite

Calamity Jane, better known as Martha Jane Cannary, was about six feet tall. No wonder she found employment as a bullwacker in Dakota Territory. Jane was pretty liberated as the Old West goes, and quickly became quite a well-known character.

Jane became something of a storyteller, and the tales apparently were embellished by the effects of alcohol. She told of a romance with Wild Bill Hickok, even though there was no sign of one. That didn't slow her, though, and when she died at age 53 in 1903 she asked to be buried next to Hickok. And so she was, above Deadwood.

It's tough to get a picture of the grave because of fencing.

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