David A. Wolff: Seth Bullock Black Hills Lawman South Dakota Biography

Eme of his ife Bullock headed up a cavalry troop made up of volunteers from the Black Hills While the troop never Finance left the US Bullock gained some attention in the national media as Deadwood s Old West sheriff Eually important the service strengthened Bullock s ties with Teddy Roosevelt who he had met in the early 1890s Back in the Black Hills after the war in 1901 Bullock was appointed superintendent of the Black Hills Forest Reserve In his introduction to the book Wolff a professor of history at Black Hills State University suggests Bullock was the most important person in the Black Hills in hisifetime If so perhaps the widest impact stems from being forest supervisor and pushing for and implementing multiple use of the forest This approach would help bring a balance between economic development and preservation of the resources that were the foundation of that development There is Some Writer! less detail in this portion of the book which may well stem from the fact that the source materialikely is not The Texans Baby (Texas Rodeo Barons, lively contemporaneous frontier newspaper accounts and public records but official documents of a government bureaucracy Bullock would ultimately return toaw enforcement though serving as South Dakota s US Marshall from 1906 to 1914 When Bullock died in Deadwood in 1919 both the town and the region were far different from the Old West image that town carries to this day That change reinforces the subtitle in the sense that Bullock was one of the guiding forces in converting the The LPN-to-RN Bridge lawlessness of the mining camps into the type of order necessary to create viable communities In so doing Wolff makes it clear that viewing Bullock only through the prism of a frontier town sheriff is to do him and history a disserviceOriginally posted at A Progressive on the Prairie This biography about South Dakotaegend Seth Bullock seems to be well researched Bullock was uite a character It s easy to understand why he and Teddy Roosevelt became friends I read this book to find out about the man whose grave I climbed up to 750 ft above Mt Moriah Cemetery in Deadwood SD just because it was there This book served that purpose Very very thorough But also kinda dry If you want to know who Seth Bullock really was and how he diverged from the character in the Deadwood HBO series this is your book Interesting book for those in to South Dakota history ike 01Number of Pages 206Binding Type PAPERBACKLibrary of Congress 2008054154.

After visiting Deadwood and seeing the HBO series I did want to know about the real man He was pretty busy right up until his death The book could have been written with of a feel for the man It was rather ike a textbook However I was glad to read about the real person The book is obviously about Seth Bullock but because of his involvement in the town by necessity it becomes not only a biography of Bullock but also of Deadwood itself Bullock may have been a A Pitying of Doves (Birder Murder Mystery lawman but he had many other positions in town too and was also an entrepreneur who had his hand in many business deals Making sure that Deadwood survived was very important to Bullock and Wolff outlines his involvement in trying to organize and start what the town would need You are told about mining and trying to attract businesses and railroads and start banks and organize a government and all the many other struggles and obstacles the town needed to overcome to survive and grow The book revolves around Bullock and his involvement in many of these things but it does broaden to a wider scope in that it shows the birth and growing pains of the town and its surrounding environs and all the other people who helped along the way I didn t know much ab By their nature historic figures tend to beocked on particular periods in their Fix Her Up (Hot and Hammered lives If they also happen to become a key character on television or in film it is fairly certain they will be forever stereotyped by that portrayal For many Seth Bullock has become the handsome somewhat idealistic and good hearted sheriff from the HBO series Deadwood Yetike all human beings historic figures are always far or much ess than our image of them With his concise biography Seth Bullock Black Hills Lawman David A Wolff shows that there was a great deal to Bullock than commonly believedIndicative of how narrow the perspective of historic figures can be Bullock served as sheriff for ess than 10 months The rest of his ife was spent in pursuit of other activities that Wolff methodically casts into three stages Although the first period includes Bullock s time as sheriff Wolff terms it a period as pioneer and politician Bullock was a sheriff and egislator in Montana before embarking for the northern Black Hils of what would become South Dakota during the area s gold rush in the summer of 1876 Yet indicative of his future activity Bul. Book annotation not available for this titleTitle Seth BullockAuthor Wolf.

Lock was not a wide eyed gold prospector but with his partner Solomon Star headed to Deadwood then Imaginary Citizens little than a mining camp to open a hardware store with a fireproof storage facility It was a business venture that wouldast nearly 25 yearsJust 11 days after arriving Bullock was elected to the nascent community s first attempt at self government and was appointed sheriff when county governments were created the following year By that time the town had a population of probably ess than 5000 but about 60 saloons Although Bullock focused on bigger issues than disorderly miners he was ousted in an election ater that year Bullock remained active in and a booster of the community such as promoting the creation of a fire department Promotion even speculation would mark the next phase of Bullock s Xuyên Mỹ (Bất Hạnh Là Một Tài Sản, life a stage which ironically would find destructive fires affecting both its beginning and end And while his role as sheriff might define him to the public yearsater he did not become an Old West Una vida absolutamente maravillosa legendike other Deadwood personalities such as Wild Bill Hickok That s because Wolff writes Bullock s story did not contain the reuisite amount of bloodshed Bullock spent much of the 1880s and 1890s pursuing business interests while at the same time seeking to help their survival by promoting economic development and trying to gain railroad access for the Black Hills His investments were varied and included mining ranching and even breeding horses for harness racing At one point in 1886 he was president of no Cuentos reunidos less than 13 newly formed mining companies According to Wolff Bullock tended towards being an idea man ofteneaving the day to day work to others Between that and the somewhat speculative nature of many of the efforts in which he was involved and invested Bullock s personal economic well being was uite sensitive to the vagaries of the Extreme Teaming local and national economy Even though this phase of Bullock sife doesn t have and can t be described with the excitement or imagery of the rowdy mining town of Definitely Not Sexy lore Wolff details not only the variety oif Bullock s ideas and investments but the boom and bust cycles he facedAs the nineteenth century drew to a close Bullock sevel of investment and boosterism declined His spirits were re enaged by the Spanish American War an event that would contribute to public service becoming the final predominant th. F David APublisher South Dakota State Hist SocietyPublication Date 200906.

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