Mount Moriah Cemetery, Deadwood, South Dakota, USA

The cemetery is more than just a graveyard. It offers visitors an opportunity to enjoy a Late Victorian cemetery set in the backdrop of the northern Black Hills

“The climate in the Black Hills is so damn healthy that you would have to kill a man to start a cemetery.” George V. Ayres, Deadwood businessman and longtime resident

Situated on a mountainous plateau overlooking Deadwood Gulch is historic Mt. Moriah Cemetery. Established in 1878 by the Lawrence County Commission, Mt. Moriah is the final resting place of western legends, murderers, madams, and pillars of Deadwood’s early economic development.

The paved roads in the cemetery provide an excellent opportunity to explore the site. If you are going to visit Mt. Moriah Cemetery, please set aside a minimum of one half hour to view the celebrity graves. Additional information on the history of the cemetery is located in the Mt. Moriah Cemetery Visitor Center.

In addition to a fifteen minute interpretative video, feel free to peruse the interpretive panels focusing on cemetery history, native and introduced plant species, cemetery symbolism and death statistics within Deadwood from 1875 to 1900.

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