Bella Union Saloon

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The Bella Union was a saloon and theater in Deadwood, South Dakota, which opened on September 10, 1876.[1] The proprietor was Tom Miller, an aggressive businessman who would buy several neighboring properties as well.

A fictionalized version of the saloon appeared in the HBO television series Deadwood, where the owner was the character Cy Tolliver. In the 1953 musical, Calamity Jane, the character Henry Miller (not Tom), is the proprietor of the town's saloon and theater.

Like the television Bella Union, the real saloon was a relatively upscale establishment, where town meetings came to be held.

In November 1878, Tom Miller went bankrupt, and the Bella Union became a grocery store downstairs, and a meeting hall named Mechanics' Hall upstairs.


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