Preservation Thursday: King of the Hills – the Untold Story of the Real Al Swearingen

Preservation Thursday: King of the Hills – the Untold Story of the Real Al Swearingen

The presentation will cover the life and times of Al Swearingen, who needs no introduction in Deadwood. Swearingen left home at an early age to travel throughout the West, and his Knickerbocker Dutch heritage happened to provide some key connections, silent partners, and financing for his many ventures. He died in Denver using an assumed name and under mysterious circumstances. He is buried in Iowa in an unmarked grave, a few miles from the family farm. Swearingen was born in Oskaloosa, Iowa, as was our speaker, Robert (Bob) Harrison. Harrison’s great-great-grandmother is Swearingen’s older sister, which makes Bob one of his closest living relatives. Harrison has been researching this branch of his family history for 20 years. He shared Swearingen’s obituary with former Adams Museum & House researcher and author, Jerry Bryant – Harrison has found what he believes is a great story. Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center; 12:00 p.m.; free for members and $5 for non-members.