Preacher Smith of Deadwood Gulch
In 1876 he joined the great rush to these Black Hills -- not to mine gold, but to claim lives for God. Reading and writing poetry eased his loneliness. During the week he performed manual labor to send savings to his family in Kentucky and to sustain himself as he preached on Deadwood's main street.
On Sunday, August 20, 1876, after service in Deadwood, he tacked a note on his cabin door saying he had gone to Crook City to preach. On the way he was shot, in his pocket were the notes, now blood-stained, for the undelivered sermon. His Bible lay unopened. The Society of Black Hills Pioneers erected this monument in 1914 near where he was killed.
Today his body lies in Mt. Moriah Cemetery overlooking Deadwood.
Erected by South Dakota State Historical Society and Society of Black Hills Pioneers.
Location. 44° 24.27′ N, 103°
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Original Site of Saloon No. 10 (approx. 1.9 miles away); Jewish American Pioneers and Deadwood (approx. 1.9 miles away); The Badlands (approx. 1.9 miles away); Historic Facade Replication (approx. 1.9 miles away); Chinese Immigrants (approx. 2 miles away); Deadwood City 1876 (approx. 2 miles away); The Fire of 1879 (approx. 2 miles away); The Great Flood (approx. 2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Deadwood.
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