McGraw said she was passionate about the paranormal and just liked to have fun with it.
“I like to interact with people. I like to introduce them to a part of Deadwood’s story that took place a long time ago, ”she said. “I love to talk about Seth Bullock and his relationship with Teddy Roosevelt.”
McGraw incorporates history into his tours. The story of the Bullock Hotel, started by Seth Bullock who was the first appointed sheriff of Deadwood.
The Fairmont hotel also uses history in its ghost tours, but focuses on brothels and former owners. The hotel began as a Victorian brothel, bar, and game room in 1898.
Ron Russo, outgoing owner of the Fairmont, said he had a ghostly experience in 1995 after purchasing the building in 1989. After that, the story was picked up by magazines, newspapers and TV shows.
He said there was enough interest to start touring, which started around 2011 or 2012. He said because he’s in the story, he incorporated it when finalizing tours.
“I thought a ghost tour might be empty, if they don’t see a ghost, what the hell are they doing there, so to speak,” Russo said. “I made sure it was all combined with historical precision and a story about the building, the brothels, the murders, the suicides, it all ends up making it a ghostly place.”