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Seth Bullock

  • American West
  • 2 mins

By Crusader1307

Born in Canada in 1849, Seth Bullock came from a rather harsh Family environment. His father was a retire British Army Sergeant-Major, who regularly beat the boy. Unable to bear more, at 18 years old, Seth ran away for America. He made his way to Montana Territory. Creating his own fortune, he built and ran a Hardware Store and later ran for a Seat in Territorial Government. He was instrumental in helping pass legislature which would help create America’s first National Park – Yellowstone. His stature in The Community earned him election as Local Sheriff of Lewis & Clark County, Montana. His first encounter with an Outlaw, saw Seth being shot in the shoulder trying to apprehend a Horse Thief. Apparently The Thief had many friends, for they ran off his executioner. Undaunted, Bullock walked undaunted through the Crown, mounted then scaffold and pulled the level which hung The Thief. Seth instantly became a local legend.


 
Hearing of the discovery of Gold in the Town of Deadwood, Colorado – Seth left his position as Sheriff and decided to make his fortune off new Miners and Claimers. Deadwood quickly earned a name as a “rowdy and lawless Mining Camp”. Still, it attracted many Families who also wanted to establish Homesteads there. However, Deadwood’s location also put it square within Indian Territory. The Sioux were not pleased with all the in-coming Settlers. Detachments of Cavalry soon arrived – as did more and more vices (Prostitution and Saloons). By 1876, famed Gunslinger, Gambler and occasional Lawman James Butler “Wild Bill” Hickock had set up residence in Deadwood (as did other famed Western personages like Martha Jane Canary (aka “Calamity Jane”). Bullock and Hickock became fast friends. Bullock did not take kindly to his friends murder (in a Card Game) and took the Post as Town Sheriff.


 
Attempting to “clean up” Deadwood proved a daunting task, which Bullock was able to do without ever having to kill any Outlaws. He was able to close many of the Town’s infamous Brothels and Saloons. Bullock would go on to establish one of the first Theaters West of St, Louis, Missouri and opened several business concerns in Town. It was due to his work in keeping Deadwood safe for Settlers that it would become a Town. He would still remain County Sheriff (on and off) for most of his life. His fame grew and he would even become good friends with US President Theodore Roosevelt. He accepted a Commission as Cavalry Captain of Volunteers and headed with several Troops for Louisiana – for training and deployment to Cuba during The Spanish-American War. However, The War ended before Bullock and his Command could be deployed. Colon Cancer would claim Bullock in 1919 at 70. He was buried in Deadwood.