October 7, 2019

Preservation Thursday: Tom O’Day

DEADWOOD – Deadwood History, Inc. and the Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission will host a presentation by South Dakota Humanities Council Speakers’ Bureau Scholar, Ray Maple, at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 17, 2019, at the Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center (HARCC), 150 Sherman Street, Deadwood. Maple will present a program on one of the least known members of the infamous Hole-in-the-Wall Gang, Tom O’Day. The event is wheelchair accessible. Please feel free to bring your lunch.

During the wild outlaw years of 1888-1910, Tom O’Day was an active participant in many of the bank and train robberies that occurred in Wyoming, South Dakota, Colorado, and Utah. He also had a passion for good horses, especially those that belonged to others. O’Day participated in a failed bank robbery attempt in Belle Fourche, South Dakota. He ended his outlaw career when he was caught stealing a herd of horses. Although quick tempered and good with a gun, O’Day never killed anyone. He had a colorful career, but didn't receive the notoriety that Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid received.

Ray Maple's family came to Wyoming in 1917, homesteading north of Douglas near the Bozeman Trail. He has been featured as an extra in several TV series and was a key character in a TNT film, hosted by James Garner, "The Big Guns Talk – The Story of the Westerns" released in 1997. He has performed at the National Festival of the West in Phoenix, Arizona, the Western Outlaw Festival in Laramie, Wyoming, the Cheyenne Cowboy Symposium in Cheyenne, Wyoming, 1880's Town in Murdo, South Dakota, and the Cody Cattle Company in Cody, Wyoming. Maple and his wife, Jackie, were designated by the Park County, Wyoming, county commissioners as Park County's Cowboy and Cowgirl Ambassadors: Tom O'Day and Bronco Nell.

Preservation Thursday is co-sponsored by the Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission, Deadwood History, Adams-Mastrovich Family Foundation, Saloon No. 10, Deadwood Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau, tdg Marketing & Public Relations, and the South Dakota Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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