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OFF FOR THE BLACK HILLS
man, his wife, and a hired hand, all from Minnesota and
en route for the Black Hills. We halted, told them of the
nearness of the Indians, doubtless on the war path, and
urged them to get into the hills as rapidly as possible.
The men laughed at us, saying that they were Western-
ers, knew all about Indians, were well armed and per-
fectly able to take care of themselves.
We drove on, entering the hills about dusk and arrived
at the metropolis of the Black Hills before midnight.
There was only one street, built along the gulch, Main
Street, in fact as well as in name, and although the hour
was late it was swarming with humanity. Saloons, gamb-
ling and dance halls on both sides of the street were in full
blast. All in all it was a wonderful sight for a tenderfoot.
While in Deadwood I met many who had been in every
mining camp in the country since '49, and the universal
opinion was that Deadwood was, at that time, by far the
wildest of them all.
The coach pulled up in front of the I. X. L. Hotel,
fronting on Main Street on the opposite side from the
stables and office of the North-Western Express, Stage
& Transportation Company, the line by which we had
We all put up at the hotel, a two-story frame building,
with rooms divided only by canvas partitions. The owner
and landlord, Johnny Van Danager, turned out to be an
old friend of John Bull, as they had been together in the
South African mining camps some years previously. He
was a genial 'mine host' and did what he could to make us
Next morning the news was brought that our party in
the covered wagon from Minnesota had disregarded our
warning, gone into camp at Bear Butte, and had been at-
tacked in the night by Indians. They were all massacred
and frightfully mutilated.
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Hoyt, Henry Franklin. A Frontier Doctor, book, 1929; Boston, Massachusetts. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth143532/m1/53/: accessed August 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting University of Texas Health Science Center Libraries.