Deadwood was initially an illegal town built on Sioux Indian lands when gold was found in the area. The show describes the development of the town and its lawless reputation as it was outside the US jurisdiction. Due to the amount of gold in the area, robberies and other outlaw activity were drawn to the town. It was one of the wildest in the west and had some well known residents including Wild Bill Hickock who was killed there and Calamity Jane Canary. The town was only accessible by bull trains and stagecoaches until 1890 when a railroad came through. The town was populated mostly by men with few women except for prostitutes and had a significant Chinese population. It was a dirty town of wood buildings until a file destroyed 300 buildings. Electricity came to Deadwood in 1883 and was one of the first places it was used to light signs at the theaters and saloons to draw in customers, ala Las Vegas.