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Deadwood had an inevitable conclusion, as it was mostly based on events that had already been written into history books. Unless there was a swerve planned in which Timothy Olyphant would be revealed to have been a cyborg the entire time, it would’ve ended with the town dealing with the further ramifications of being annexed into the Dakota Territory, and the fire (and, possibly, the later flood) that ended up destroying a lot of it.

Time will go on and their ups and downs will continue, but the closure of season three of Deadwood is as clean an ending as the characters would have gotten.

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Courtesy of the South Dakota Historical Society:

Instructions to Teachers, Dakota Territory (September, 1872)

  1. Teachers will fill lamps, clean chimneys and trim wicks daily.
  2. Each teacher will bring a scuttle of coal and a bucket of water for the day’s use.
  3. Make your pens carefully.  You may whittle nibs for the individual tastes of the children.
  4. Men teachers may take one evening each week for courting purposes or two evenings a week if they go to church regularly.
  5. After ten hours in school, the teacher should spend the remaining time reading the Bible or other good books.
  6. Women teachers who marry or engage in other unseemly conduct will be dismissed.
  7. Every teacher should lay aside from his pay a goodly sum for his declining years so that he will not become a burden on society.
  8. Any teacher who smokes, uses liquor in any form, frequents a pool or public hall, or gets shaved in a barber shop will give good reason for suspecting his worth, intentions, integrity and honesty.
  9. The teacher who performs his labors faithfully and without fault for five years will be given an increase of 25 cents a week in his pay providing the Board of Education approves.

Once a proud possession this rusting car sits amongst the weeds on an abandoned North Dakota farmstead. For farmers living many miles from the nearest city, trade-ins were not an option.

Cars, trucks and tractors were run, used, repaired and repaired some more until they no longer worked. With ample space, these vehicles were often pushed to a corner of the property out of the way but never out of sight or mind.

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Buffalo roam, South Dakota.
(2014 Custer State Park Roundup.)

Always the dapper Westerner during his ranching days in the Dakota Territories, Theodore Roosevelt wears his buckskin hunting outfit, complete with his favorite 1876 Winchester and his fancy table cutlery-handled bowie.