As the Diggers crew caravan traveled through the flat country side of South Dakota, KG and Ringy imagined the iconic western cowboys meandering through the fields on horseback, and the covered wagons wheeling along the Oregon Trail. As we passed by Sturgis, motorcycle memorabilia decorated the sparse countryside, while billboards slathered with ads for scantly-clad women, casinos, and tattoo parlors attempted to entice travelers to stay. But there’s no fooling KG and Ringy. They were two men on a mission, and the infamous Deadwood called their names like a cowbell’s repetitive ring-a-ling for dinner.
As we approached the historic town, the flat roads began curling and winding through the mountain side, until we suddenly realized we were amid the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota. In the late 1800’s, gold was discovered in the Dakota Territory of South Dakota, and not long after, a rush of men came to the Black Hills in hopes of striking it big. Some say it was a wild town, full of rough and tumble cowboys that spent their days, mining, panning, and gambling their savings away. Of those men, Wild Bill Hickok, one of the most prolific gunslingers of the Wild West, came to Deadwood to carve a place for his name in American history. Unfortunately for Wild Bill, Deadwood would make him infamous in the one way he hoped it wouldn’t; It would provide him with his final resting place, amid a game of poker.
KG and Ringy came to deadwood in hopes of finding some lost nectar from the infamous Wild Bill and a few of his cowboy comrades, like Calamity Jane, Wyatt Earp, Seth Bullock and Jack McCall. They started at the old Fairmont Hotel, the Deadwood hot spot in it’s glory days. As they strapped on their hiking boots and made their way through the steep hills of the gulch, their metal detectors were silent and the Diggers boys started to get worried. KG hit a tin can or two, but his spirits were hardly shaken. He lost site of Ringy as he snuck through the thick thorns and underbrush.
Suddenly, KG got a slammin’ hit of silver! He called out frantically to Ringy, who immediately dropped his things and began to inch his way through the shrubbery. KG reached down into his shallow hole, and pulled out a fantastic surprise. KG looked up with a smile and said, “I’ve got a good feeling about Deadwood. No pun intended. I think we’re just getting started! And he was right.
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By Jaye Callahan, Associate Producer, Diggers