For all of his many endeavors, Seth Bullock identified himself as a "Miner" in the 1890 Deadwood City Directory.
He and Star had invested in several mining ventures, particularly the Iron Hill Mine. He had been a director since 1883 and was listed as its President by 1885. During a seven-year period, the mine reportedly produced $725,000 in silver bullion. Nonetheless, steep expenses left Bullock netting only about $600 during that entire time. As characterized by Woll in his presentation, Bullock "lost his shirt on the Iron Hill Mine."
The 20th century held new directions for Bullock, as he entered what Wolff calls his "public service era." Bullock's long-standing friendship with President Theodore Roosevelt resulted in -- among other things -- Bullock's appointment as supervisor of the Black Hills Reserve, a Colonel with TR's "Rough Riders," and an appointment as U. S. Marshall for South Dakota.
Thanks to the Adams Museum and House for use of this photo.