MOUNT MORIAH CEMETERY

10 Mt Moriah Drive, Deadwood, SD

(605) 722-0837

Status: Historical Cemetery

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History

Originally there were 2 cemeteries here: Ingleside Cemetery and the Catholic Cemetery. Ingleside filled up within a few years being the only place for a non-Catholic to be buried.

In the 1880’s it was decided that the area occupied by Ingleside was better off being used for housing so they moved some of the bodies. Many of the graves were unmarked, or no one knew the buried person, so many of the remains were simply left buried where they were.

To this day people building a pool or digging in the garden will underearth human bones in the area.

The cemetery has a Potter’s Field where settlers no one knew are buried, a Mass Grave site where 11 men killed in a mill fire are buried as well as a Jewish section – Jews were not treated poorly in this frontier town – and a Chinese section.

There’s also a veteran’s section with vets from the Indian War and the Civil War.

The cemetery also holds the graves of Wild Bill Hickok, Seth Bullock and Calamity Jane in the Boot Hill section; meaning they died with their boots on.

The cemetery is one of the few surviving examples of a Victorian cemetery in the United States.

 

Paranormal Activity

There is a two dollar entrance fee to the cemetery which is used for its upkeep.

Shadowy figures have been seen by many creeping through the moonlight on the tombstones.

The gates of the cemetery will sometimes unlock and open themselves in the dead of night.

People have reported chills running through their body by simply putting one foot or one hand on to the property.

Other Reported Activity: disembodied voices; phantom children’s laughter; light anomalies; unexplained mists and feelings of being watched.