Preacher Smith of Deadwood Gulch
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member YoSam.
N 44° 24.276 W 103° 43.151
13T E 601988 N 4917610
Quick Description: Methodist pioneer preacher who lost his life trying to bring medicine & religion to the boon dock.
Location: South Dakota, United States
Date Posted: 2/20/2008 11:08:05 AM
Waymark Code: WM3705
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Long Description:

Marker date: not shown on marker
Erected by: South Dakota State Historical Society and Society of the Black Hills Pioneers.
Location: US-85, Turnout at tomb and Monument to Smith, ½ mile N. of Deadwood.
County: Lawrence


"Deadwood's Sky Pilot", Henry Weston Smith, was born in Ellington, Connecticut, January 10, 1828. At 23 he became a Methodist exhorter. This led to ordination in the Methodist Episcopal church and he served various communities in New England. In 1862 he enlisted in the Union Army. Caring for the wounded may have turned his mind to healing for he studied the practice of medicine and was licensed in 1867.

In 1876 he joined the great rush for these Black Hills -- not to mine gold, but to claim lives for God. Reading and writing poetry eased his loneliness. During the week he performed manual labor to send savings to his family in Kentucky and to sustain himself as he preached on Deadwood's main streets.

On Sunday, August 20, 1876, after service in Deadwood, he tacked a note on his cabin door saying he had gone to Crook City to preach. On the way he was shot. In his pocket were the notes, now blood-stained, for the undelivered sermon. His Bible lay unopened. The Society of Black Hills Pioneers erected this monument in 1914 near where he was killed.

Today his body lies in Mt. Moriah Cemetery overlooking Deadwood.

Marker Name: Preacher Smith of Deadwood Gulch

Marker Type: Roadside

Marker Text:
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