Deadwood in Lawrence County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Wild Bill Hickok Bust
— A Trail to Deadwood's Past —
Deadwood businessman George Hunter commissioned Ziolkowski to carve the Hickok bust using Black Hills granite from the Crazy Horse monument, north of Custer, South Dakota. It took six months and 648 bits to carve the two ton granite block into the likeness of Hickok. The sculpture was based on a photographic portrait of Hickok, circa 1873 - 1874 wearing a fur cap. Though slated for Mount Moriah Cemetery, the scupture was placed at this location, reportedly
Korczak Ziolkowski's Wild Bill bust, circa 1955. This statue is one of Deadwood's first pieces of public art. Other works by Ziolkowski include the Fighting Stallions in Pierre, South Dakota and the Sitting Bull Monument near Mobridge, South Dakota. In the 1990s, the Hickok bust and base underwent a restoration using Historic Preservation funds.
Korczak Ziolkowski posing beside the Wild Bill bust.
Ziolkowski and George and Mame Hunter, June 1951.
June 21, 1951 Wild Bill Day celebration. Guy Madison, Gail Russell and Andy Devine at center bottom.
Erected by Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Arts, Letters, Music. A significant historical date for this entry is June 21, 1951.
Location. 44° 22.561′ N, 103° 43.737′ W. Marker is in Deadwood, South Dakota, in Lawrence County. Marker is at the intersection of Sherman Street (U.S. 85) and Miller Street, on the left when traveling south on Sherman Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Deadwood SD 57732, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Wild Bill (a few steps from this marker); Black Hills Pioneers (within shouting distance of this marker); Deadwood (within Sherman Street and the East Side (within shouting distance of this marker); The Great Flood (within shouting distance of this marker); Weight a Minute (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Black Hills Railroads (about 300 feet away); Civic Stability (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Deadwood.
Credits. This page was last revised on October 8, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 6, 2021, by Connor Olson of Kewaskum, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 123 times since then and 41 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on October 6, 2021, by Connor Olson of Kewaskum, Wisconsin. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.