Mount Moriah Cemetery is one of Deadwood’s most popular landmarks, drawing hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. When a three-year, $3.5 million restoration was completed in 2003, it not only helped make this historical landmark more accessible, but it helped protect it against the wear and tear that throngs of tourists naturally bring.
Several more improvements to Mount Moriah are on tap for this year, thanks to Deadwood’s Historic Preservation Commission. This spring the entrance to the cemetery will be reconstructed, both to restore its historical character and to provide facilities for the increasing number of visitors to the site. The large entrance sign will be changed to a more historically appropriate design. The current log ticket booth will be demolished to make way for a new, more historic-looking visitor building, complete with bathrooms, visitor information and an outdoor seating area.
Some new features have already been installed. Additional fencing and new interpretive signs were placed near the graves of Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane beginning last fall. Other bronze plaques were recently placed around the Chinese burial area and the flag pole, while a sign explaining the Hebrew Hill burial area was installed by the Jewish Society for Historic Preservation on April 1.