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Tatanka: Story of the Bison An immersive vacation destination By Jaci Conrad Pearson | Photos by J&L Photography


inding one’s way into the Tatanka: Story of the Bison grounds, just outside of Deadwood, the hustle and bustle of the day grows fainter and fainter. The peaceful prairie silence envelops visitors to this mystic tribute to two prolific North American Great Plains dwellers: the bison and the Native American people. Built in June 2003, Dances With Wolves star Kevin Costner is the owner and founder of Tatanka. “His goal was to dedicate Tatanka to the Lakota people as a place to tell their story – and a true story,” said Susan

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Caldwell, manager of Tatanka: Story of the Bison. “That’s why we hire Lakota people as presenters, so they can tell their story.” Costner said he believes today Tatanka is bigger than the dream he had for it. “What it means to anyone that comes here will be up to them,” Costner said. “Tatanka was not designed as the white man’s version of the Native American. Continued on page 4

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Rather it stands as a centerpiece for two cultures, one whose very lives depended on the buffalo and one who saw it as a means to an end. It recognizes and accepts that this is our mutual history. It can also represent the chance to move forward.” Tatanka is a Lakota word meaning “big beast.” So, is it “bison” or “buffalo?” The American bison is not a true buffalo in scientific terms, but most people use the word “buffalo” for this animal. Hence, popular usage perpetuates the term “buffalo,” even though “bison” is the scientific name for the animal featured at Tatanka. And at Tatanka: Story of the Bison, both terms – bison and buffalo – are used interchangeably, although the only true buffalo in the world are the cape buffalo and the water buffalo. Perhaps the most mesmerizing and captivating portion of the Tatanka experience is the massive Buffalo Hunt bronze sculpture assembly on the Tatanka grounds. “Kevin commissioned the sculpture from Peggy Detmers” Caldwell explained. “It took five years to sculpt and cast. There is a total of 17 sculptures: 14 buffalo and three Native American riders on horseback. It depicts the buffalo jump. The Native Americans would select the buffaloes they wanted to harvest, then they would create a stampede and run


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the buffaloes over cliff. It was the simplest way for Native Americans to hunt the buffalo. They did that when the horse was introduced into America. Then they would go down and harvest the buffalo and take it back to their families.” A real buffalo jump, the Vore Buffalo Jump, can be found west of Spearfish and Aladdin, Wyo. along Interstate 90. It was used by numerous Native American tribes over a period of about 300 years. During that time as many 20,000 animals were slaughtered. For the Northern Plains people, Tatanka meant life. Ceremonies and daily life revolved around sacred references to Tatanka. They relied upon the bison for food, clothing, housing, tools, weapons, and ceremonial items. Plains Indians had more than 100 uses for the various parts of the bison. Nothing was wasted. An estimated 30 to 60 million bison once roamed the Great Plains of North America. By the close of the 19th century, it was estimated that less than 1,000 bison survived. This is their story. “Tatanka is the story of the bison and the Northern Plains people in relationship to the bison,” Caldwell said. “We focus on the 1800s and up to present day. It’s a family friendly attraction. We have a museum, gift shop, and a small restaurant. We have Lakota people do presentations throughout the day. We, of course, have the bronze sculpture, which is the

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third largest in the world. We’re pretty proud of them. They’re beautiful. It’s very tranquil and calming here. We have people coming up who plan to spend an hour and end up spending half a day — in some cases, all day. It’s just that tranquil here. There’s something very special about Tatanka and most people feel that. We don’t put a label on it. We let our guests decide on their own what they’re feeling. We take great pride in the fact that it represents the Lakota people in an honest and true way.” Cultural Presenter at Tatanka: Story of the Bison, Phil Redbird, said the goal of Tatanka is education, but more so, making it easy to relate to. “The different presenters, we each have our own way of telling the story,” Redbird said. “It is a living story, beyond cultural boundaries, skin color, and spiritual beliefs.” Redbird said the goal of Tatanka is for visitors to walk away with a good feeling about, not only Tatanka, but about themselves. “Again, to relate, the feeling

that ‘I can see a lot of myself in the Native American culture or its spiritual beliefs,’” Redbird said. So, what can a visitor to Tatanka expect?

The massive Buffalo Hunt bronze sculpture, commissioned from Peggy Detmers by owner and founder of Tatanka Kevin Costner, took five years to sculpt and cast.

“To begin with, we have a tipi village as part of a replica camp and the tip is, to me, the bison, which, first and foremost are the focus to me,” Redbird said. “The tipis are always a good story beyond being a structure. It also includes aspects of engineering and social life. For example, the south side of the tipi was always given to females, because it had the most warmth in the winter months. The poles represent the skeleton of a body or being and the skin cover is skin, so when you’re in a tipi, it’s like being inside the body again.”

Next stop, the sculptures. “The sculptures, themselves, look different as the day progresses, depending on how the sunshine moves across them,” Redbird said. “For example, folds of skin or ribs that are not visible in the morning are visible in the evening. The sculptures are almost alive in that way. They show, obviously, the fear in the bison’s eyes. We also see the determination in the hunters’ faces. It’s like many opposites and positives and negatives – hunting is necessary, but a very dangerous occupation.” Although, there are presenters at Tatanka to help interpret the visit, one also has the chance to do just as the spirit moves them. “It’s definitely a cultural presentation,” Redbird said. “It’s a guided walk to the statues and the village to the tipis. At the Northern Plains Peoples Educational and Interpretive Center, you can come in and look around at your leisure and there’s a cultural presenter there and we can answer questions, as well. We don’t swarm them. We let them read the story boards and the objects can be looked at. More importantly, the bison horn, skull and stomach, which was used for cooking pots before metal. And we encourage people to touch these, to pick them up. We are a hands-on museum. To me, Continued on page 6

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it’s important for people to be able to touch these objects to get the full experience.” Tatanka: Story of the Bison features a Native American gift shop and coffee shop/snack bar and is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily May 1 through Sept. 30. April 4 through May 5, hours are Wednesday through Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., when there are no presentations


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and all admissions are self-guided. Presentations start on May 6 and are held at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. “We also plan on having more kids’ activities this summer,” Redbird said. “The information I shared at these presentations comes from my elders and some of them are dead, so it means a lot for me to share this.”

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Penchant for the plesiosaur Plan to see rare, locally discovered plesiosaur fossil at Adams Museum Story and Photos by Jaci Conrad Pearson


hose with a penchant for dinosaurs and the fossils they left behind should definitely plan to see the plesiosaur fossil. It is housed in a case for 360-degree viewing at Deadwood’s Adams Museum in a new presentation of the former exhibit developed by museum officials and South Dakota School of Mines graduate students just this spring.


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A plesiosaur is a large, extinct marine reptile with a small head, long, narrow snout, four paddlelike limbs, and a short tail that lived millions of years ago. “The plesiosaur is a special artifact because it was found near Whitewood by a local family and is, to date, still the only one of its species,” said Deadwood History Exhibits Director Darrel Nelson. “The locators, Charles Haas and his son Arthur, thought they had found something very special and tried to interest large museums in major cities. None wanted it. So they gave it to the Adams, in 1934. For seventy years, the fossil remained encased in rock in museum storage.” The uniqueness of the Adams Museum plesiosaur is that it is the only fossil ever found from the Cretaceous period. Deadwood History Inc. Collections Curator Rachel Lovelace-Portal explained that the head and vertebrae of the now-famous fossil were originally put on display in the Adams Museum in December of 1934. “Dr. S.C. Simms of the Chicago Field Museum assisted Charles Haas in identifying and reconstructing the fossil,” Lovelace-Portal said. “Charles mentioned in a letter dated Oct. 30, 1934 that the Smithsonian and the American Museum of Natural History in New York were interested in the fossil, but he decid-

ed to give it to the Adams Museum. When Bruce Schumacher identified the fossil as a unique species, he named it Pahasapasaurus haasi to honor the Lakota name for the Black Hills (paha sapa) and the Haas family. The fossil is around 60 percent complete, which also makes it rare.” Dr. Bruce Schumacher is the paleontologist who prepared the plesiosaur, removing the rock from the fossilized bone. “No one, including him, expected the fossil to be unique,” Nelson said. “He concluded this after careful measurements of the fossil’s various features in comparison to other known plesiosaurs and in the context of this fossil’s time period. The time period was established using ammonites from the same ‘parent’ rock formation, so ammonite impressions in the rock are included in the exhibit.” Nelson said the plesiosaur found a new home this spring when it was moved to suit the major remodeling of the entire lower level of the Adams Museum. “The result is that the new exhibit, Riches & Responsibilities, will feature one room devoted entirely to geological themes of the region; rocks, minerals, fossils, historic mining, etc.,” Nelson said. “Some parts of the rock collections have never been exhibited before. The highlight of this new display will be a custom case built specially for the plesiosaur. The case will not only give complete visibility for the fossil but offer some

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new, fun display features.” And what better place for three South Dakota School of Mines and Technology graduate students working on their master’s degrees in paleontology to dig in and give their schooling a practical, hands-on approach? “Last fall, I contacted Sally Shelton, associate director at the (university’s) Museum of Geology and Paleontology Research Laboratory, about assistance with the fossil,” Nelson said. “She quickly responded with enthusiasm for the project and offered to include us in her paleontology exhibits class. So, three grad students in the class took responsibility to fully catalog and move the fossil. They have been nothing but thorough, careful and professional. I am so pleased with their help. DHI could not do this without their help.” Crawling in and out of the glass case, developing the rock base the plesiosaur rests on, carefully cataloguing, and ultimately reassembling the fossil, Megan Norr of the Washington, D.C. area, Shannon Harrel of Phoenix, Ariz., and Julie Driebergen of Chicago, Ill., joined forces to more fully complete the existing plesiosaur. “The fossil was not fully catalogued and the students are assisting with creating more complete records for the fossil by numbering each bone,” Lovelace-Portal said. “This will greatly help us and future museum staff members in caring for the skeleton.”

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As they lay the groundwork for the plesiosaur fossil’s new resting place, the students use actual sediment from the original excavation site. “This experience is really valuable,” Harrel said. “It gives us experience we don’t have in the full context of being able to put something like this together from start to finish, which is an invaluable experience.” “Most of us are going in to the museum field, so this will be invaluable to our careers,” Driebergen said. “This fossil is super rare. So if we say we worked with this fossil, they know right where we were.” Along with the area that houses the plesiosaur, the complete remodeling of the entire lower level of the Adams is currently underway. “This is a major project that promises to greatly enhance how the Adams is regarded as a destination and source of historical information,” Nelson said. “It is already a completely shared endeavor with many private, educational and governmental partners. The overall exhibit will feature six areas on the theme of Black Hills natural history. All of them will be unlike any other natural history presentation in the region. Each area will be enlivened with new ways of presenting its theme, including many interactive components. The current activity area, the schoolhouse, will be

completely redone, with all activities and games redesigned to correspond to the natural history narrative.”

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Spring/Summer 2018 Schedule of Events

Corks and Kegs April Forks, Food & Wine Festival 6-7 Sample a variety of beer and wine from all across the

country as well as your Black Hills favorites at various venues across town. Each location will feature culinary creations paired with the perfect complimentary beverage. Get tickets at Deadwood Mountain Grand Event Center, 605-559-1188.

Deadwood Chamber of Commerce 501 Main St., Deadwood, SD 57732 605-578-1876 • 1-800-999-1876 •

April 14

Richard Marx

Deadwood Mountain Grand Event Center 1906 Deadwood Mountain Dr., Deadwood, SD 57732 605-559-1188 •

Craft Beer Fest April Deadwood Deadwood Chamber of Commerce 501 Main St., Deadwood, SD 57732 20 605-578-1876 • 1-800-999-1876 •

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May 13

May 19 June 3

, Patsy's Day

June 8-9

Attention dog and cat lovers! Share in this annual celebration honoring Patsy, the beloved terrier of William Emery Adams. Guests who make a donation of dog/cat food will receive free admission. Tours are hourly 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. All donations benefit the Twin City Animal Shelter.

Show your mom how much you love her by sharing a tour of the beautifully restored Victorian home and explore vintage wagons and carriages in Deadwood’s newest museum. Free admission to mothers. Museum open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Historic Adams House 22 Van Buren Ave., Deadwood, SD 57732 • 605-578-3724 Days of ‘76 Museum 18 76th Dr., Deadwood, SD 57732 605-722-1657 •

7 p.m.

Historic Homestake Opera House 309 W. Main St., Lead, SD 57754 605-584-2067 •

Mickelson Trail Marathon, Half Marathon, and 5 Person Marathon Relay

Wild Deadwood Reads

A multi-author, multi-genre book singing offers opportunities to interact with authors in numerous events throughout Historic Deadwood.

Deadwood Professional Bull Riding

Bull riding is one of the most extreme sports known to man. Top bulls and top riders are coming to Deadwood. Tickets available at the ticket booth or in advance at Days of ‘76 Event Complex, Deadwood, SD 57732

Bill Days June Wild Celebrate the life and times of Wild Bill Hickok 15-16 with a weekend full of free concerts on Main St,.

National Dock Dogs Competition, gold panning & sluicing.

Deadwood Chamber of Commerce 501 Main St., Deadwood, SD 57732 605-578-1876 • 1-800-999-1876 •

Games, Entertainment, Food & Fun

, Mother's Day Tours

Black Hills Opry Concert

605-390-6137 •

Cinco de Mayo Festival Citywide, Deadwood, SD 57732 605-578-1876

Deadwood Mountain Grand Event Center 1906 Deadwood Mountain Dr., Deadwood, SD 57732 605-559-1188 •

605-390-6137 •

Tracy Lawrence

Deadwood Mountain Grand Event Center 1906 Deadwood Mountain Dr., Deadwood, SD 57732 605-559-1188 •

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Discover 26.2 miles of Black Hills beauty during the annual Mickelson Trail Marathon that starts and finishes in Historic Deadwood.

June 7-10

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June 21

Northern Hills Community Band Concert

Relax and unwind out on the lawn at 7 p.m. Admission by donation. Inclement weather moves the concert to the Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center.

Historic Adams House 22 Van Buren Ave., Deadwood SD 57732 • 605-578-3724

June 23

Brian Regan

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Hills Opry Concert June Black 7 p.m. 23 Historic Homestake Opera House 309 W. Main St., Lead, SD 57754 605-584-2067 •

July 4

Gold Camp Jubilee 4th of July Celebration

Fireworks, parade, vendors, games, car show.

Lead Area Chamber of Commerce 160 W. Main St., Lead, SD 57754 605-584-1100 •

July 4th Annual Deadwood Rally 10-15 3-Wheeler Rides, Trike Show ‘N Shine, night trike parade,

trike games of skill, and more. Brought to you by First Gold Hotel & Gaming and TrikeOwnersInternational.

Deadwood Event Complex (Rodeo Grounds) Deadwood, SD 57732

July 14 July 20 July 20 July 24-28 July 26 July 27 July 28

Black Hills Opry Concert 7 p.m.

Historic Homestake Opera House 309 W. Main St., Lead, SD 57754 605-584-2067 •


Deadwood Mountain Grand Event Center 1906 Deadwood Mountain Dr., Deadwood, SD 57732 605-559-1188 •

Northern Hills Community Band Concert 6 p.m.

Historic Homestake Opera House 309 W. Main St., Lead, SD 57754 605-584-2067 •

, 96th Annual Days of '76

PRCA Rodeo action daily and parades on Historic Main Street July 27 & 28.

Aug. 3-12 Aug. 6

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7 p.m.

Historic Homestake Opera House 309 W. Main St., Lead, SD 57754 605-584-2067 •

Bellamy Brothers

Deadwood Mountain Grand Event Center 1906 Deadwood Mountain Dr., Deadwood, SD 57732 605-559-1188 •

The City of Sturgis Rally and Events 1040 2nd St., Ste. 201, Sturgis, SD 57785 605-720-0800 •

Legends Ride

A 50-mile ride from Deadwood to Sturgis, to raise money for regional charities. Celebrities lead the ride to the legendary Buffalo Chip.

Black Hills Opry Concert 7 p.m.

Historic Homestake Opera House 309 W. Main St., Lead, SD 57754 605-584-2067 •

Deadwood Nites Aug. Kool Classic cars, classic music, and classic fun. It’s a 50s 23-26 and 60s sock hop – Deadwood style. Enjoy parades,

show and shines, and FREE concerts on Main Street.

Deadwood Chamber of Commerce 501 Main St., Deadwood, SD 57732 605-578-1876 • 1-800-999-1876 •

Aug. 26

Happy Together Tour

Deadwood Mountain Grand Event Center 1906 Deadwood Mountain Dr., Deadwood, SD 57732 605-559-1188 •

Hills Beer & Music Festival Sept. Black Lead Area Chamber of Commerce 160 W. Main St., Lead, SD 57754 8 605-584-1100 •

Jam Sept. Deadwood Rock, reggae, and blues fill the Black Hills for two 14-15 incredible days of outdoor concerts. Plus, enjoy

food, Wild West entertainment, and breath-taking views of the Black Hills.

Deadwood Chamber of Commerce 501 Main St., Deadwood, SD 57732 605-578-1876 • 1-800-999-1876

Michael Ray

The Red Willow Band Reunion Concert

Many promotions and Events being held in Deadwood.

Deadwood Chamber of Commerce 501 Main St., Deadwood, SD 57732 605-578-1876 • 1-800-999-1876 •

Deadwood, SD 57732 •

Deadwood Mountain Grand Event Center 1906 Deadwood Mountain Dr., Deadwood, SD 57732 605-559-1188 •

78th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

Oct. 4-6


Enjoy live German music, the Tour de Oktoberfest, free food, dancing, Wiener Dog Races, and Beer Barrel Games.

Deadwood Chamber of Commerce 501 Main St., Deadwood, SD 57732 605-578-1876 1-800-999-1876

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Broken Boot Gold Mine is the only underground mine tour in the Northern Black Hills Story and Photos by Jaci Conrad Pearson


or those who wish to be fully immersed in the mining history that put Deadwood and the surrounding area on the map, the Broken Boot Gold Mine, just outside of town, is one of the area’s most unique and must-see attractions. “The Broken Boot gives visitors the chance to step back in history and walk the same path as miners in the late 1800s and early 1900s,” said Manager Kerry Ruth. “An actual working mine that has been preserved and maintained is pretty unique. We are the only underground mine tour in the Northern Black Hills.” Following the same tracks the ore carts did, back in the day, Broken Boot plays host to between 15,000 and 20,000 visitors annually and features 30-minute guided tours that leave every half hour. “Visitors can pan for gold before or after their tour for an additional fee,” Ruth said. “The temperature of the mine is just under


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60 degrees Fahrenheit. A light jacket or sweatshirt is recommended. It is a walking tour but any shoe type is sufficient. Visitors have to walk up a flight of stairs to access the mine, but the inside of the mine is relatively flat.” Panning for gold takes a special touch and Broken Boot folks are more than happy to share that technique, offering a guarantee that the town’s settlers weren’t afforded. “Visitors are given a bag of salted gravel (gold included) and a glass vial,” Ruth said. “We loan them a pan to use during the process. The tour guides teach our visitors the process of gold panning and assist them as much or as little as they request. Everyone is guaranteed gold!” Experiencing the mine by candlelight and complete darkness are two tour highlights. “The large stopes are also impressive,” Ruth said. “Visitors always enjoy our knowledgeable, witty tour guides.”

Broken Boot also lays claim to its own resident monster, featured in 50s film-era lore. “Beast from Haunted Cave was filmed in the Deadwood area in 1959,” Ruth said. “They shot for 12 days in subzero temperatures. Landmarks, including the Saloon #10, The Franklin Hotel, Terry Peak Ski Resort, and the Broken Boot were featured in the film. The film debuted in the Black Hills at the Mile-Hi Drive-In near the junction of US Highway 85 and 385.” As for the history of Broken Boot, a mining claim was filed on the location known as the Gotland Fraction in 1878. The mine was eventually purchased by Olaf Seim and his business partner, James Nelson. They mined out about 15,000 ounces of gold in 26 years. “The partners ended up making more money off of the fool’s gold in the mine,” Ruth said. “At its height, the Broken Boot mine extracted and shipped by railroad 50

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said one visitor. “Visited the tons of pyretic ore daily to the Deadwood and Delaware Smelt- mine with family ranging in age from 6 to 62. Everyone had a er in lower main.” fun time,” said another. “Great Seim left the mine to his only price and worth the tour,” said child, Selma Hebert. In 1954, a another satisfied customer. group of Deadwood business“We have been giving tours men (members of the chamber) for over 60 years,” Ruth said. approached Selma and set up “Our 10 tour guides are local a lease agreement to open it up high school and college students. for tours. This little mine holds a special “She received a portion of all place in many community ticket sales,” Ruth said. “When members’ hearts. Many residents Selma Hebert passed away in have served 1986, she on the board left the of directors mine to the Broken Boot Gold Mine is located at or been Deadwood 1200 Highway 14A in Deadwood and employed as Chamber of is open from Memorial Day weekend tour guides. Commerce.” through Labor Day from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., with tours leaving every half Every sumDuring hour and the last tour taking off at mer, we have renovations 5:30 p.m. at least one of the mine, person come a old boot for a tour was found because they in the mine, used to work at the Broken Boot. hence the name. We love our history and place in With the chance to learn the community of Deadwood.” more about mining, get up close Broken Boot Gold Mine is and personal with the Boot’s located at 1200 Highway 14A cave-like configuration and caverns, and educational displays in Deadwood and is open from along the tour route, visitors have Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day from 8 a.m. to 6 made their voices heard about p.m., with tours leaving every the results of the tour stop. half hour and the last tour taking “The tour was just the right off at 5:30 p.m. amount of time for our family to keep everyone’s attention,”

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New Homestake Railroad Grade Trail features 3.2-mile Deadwood to Lead trek Story and Photos by Jaci Conrad Pearson


eadwood has a new trail leading to its neighboring city of Lead. The Northern Hills Recreation Association officially opened 3.2-mile trail in the fall. It offers a rich, wooded, scenic view of the Hills while taking you back and forth between the two towns. Whether you choose to walk, run, hike, or bike this beautiful scenic trail, ample parking is available at both ends. “You can make a really nice


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one-way trail or do a return or do a big loop and return through the Mickelson Trail,” said Mike Stahl, Lead city administrator and Northern Hills Recreation Association trails group spokesperson. “You can park at either of the trailheads: Lead City Dog Park is located at 300 Washington St., in Lead, while Powerhouse Park can be found on 50 Water St., near the start of the Mickelson Trail in Deadwood.” Powerhouse Park also features restrooms, aside from other park amenities.” Stahl said the trail has been in existence for years, but it just took some doing on the part of association board members and volunteers to develop it. “There has always been a need for a good footpath besides the Mickelson Trail to get between Lead and Deadwood,” Stahl said. “This trail’s been used for years by locals. As a trails group, we sat around and talked about projects we wanted to do for the area, had a lot of plans,

and decided to get one done to showcase our efforts.” And the Homestake Railroad Grade Trail is it. The trail follows the same route as the old Fremont, Elkhorn, and Missouri Valley railroad and steam locomotives from more than a century ago that lugged supplies from Deadwood to Lead and to the miners at the Homestake Mine, once the largest goldmine in the Western Hemisphere. This narrow-gauge track fell out of use in the early 20th century, and with it, a historic connection that joined the two cities. Stahl said a call to Homestake got the ball rolling and today, the connection has been re-established, thanks to volunteers and other integral partners. “Homestake was very gracious and said, ‘Let’s do it,” Stahl said. Work to re-establish the trail went fast, as the appropriate easements were secured -- on Homestake land, city property at either end of the trail, and from private landowners. “We actually had to build trail into the dog park and

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1) Lead City Dog Park/Lead Kiosk 2) Open Cut Overlook 3) B&M #2 Headframe Story 4) Homestake Mills 5) Railraoad History 6) Historic Cleveland Area Overlook 7) Deadwood Fires Story 8) McGovern Hill 9) Deadwood Kiosk 10) Deadwood Trailhead

Interpretative signage that were to be added this spring, narrating the rich history of the mine, the railroad and the nearby Black Hills communities. “We’ve had some spectacular comments about it from everybody,” Stahl said. “We encourage everybody to use it. It offers some very unique views of Lead and Deadwood that you normally don’t see.” In winter, the trail is groomed for fat tire biking and snowshoeing. “It gets winter use. It gets summer use. It’s a cool place to go,” Stahl said. The Homestake Railroad Grade Trail

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build trail at Mine Street at the northeast corner in Lead,” Stahl said. “We had to write up a whole set of trail use guidelines. In some areas, those who use the trail go fairly close to private homes. We ask that people don’t linger in those areas they don’t need to be lingering in.” The hiking and mountain biking trail goes through the historic neighborhoods at either end and eventually open into a forested escape. “We’re a pretty robust group,” Stahl said. “Through an Outside Deadwood Grant we got, we also developed six trail signs and two interpretive signs.”


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is a non-motorized dirt surface rail trail. “Hiking, running, walking, mountain biking, are the uses we would like to see in the summer,” Stahl said. “Snowshoeing and fat tire biking in the winter. Eightyfive percent of the trail is easily navigated, with the 15 percent down or up the hill on each end, moderately strenuous, but not for very long.” The Northern Hills Recreation Association Trails Group meets monthly and focuses only on trail development in the Black Hills, working with entities at the federal, state, and local level to achieve their goals.

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Sights & Sounds Attractions in and around Deadwood

Mt. Moriah Cemetery

2 Mt. Moriah Rd., Deadwood (605) 578-2600 The Mt. Moriah Cemetery was established in 1878, because of the ever-increasing demands on the Ingleside Cemetery, which was down the hill. Mt. Moriah has numerous sections: Chinese, Jewish, Masonic, Photo courtesy South Dakota Tourism Potters Fields and Civil War Veterans section called War Memorial. Some of the well-known residents are: James Butler “Wild Bill” Hickok, John “Potato Creek Johnny” Perrett, Martha “Calamity Jane” Canary, Henry Weston “Preacher Smith” Smith, Seth Bullock, and W.E. Adams. Please remember that Mt. Moriah is first and foremost a cemetery, and it should be afforded the respect any final resting place of the dead deserves. Memorial Day to Mid-October Hours: Daily 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Winter Hours: Open with limited maintenance

Adams Museum

54 Sherman St., Deadwood (605) 578-1714 The Adams Museum once served as a cabinet of curiosities but has evolved into the premiere history museum in the Black Photo courtesy Deadwood History Hills. Featuring a collection of artwork and artifacts reflecting the natural history and pioneer past of the northern Black Hills., the museum was found-


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ed by W.E. Adams in 1930. Step into the past and discover a rare plesiosaur, the mysterious Thoen Stone, impressive collections of paintings, guns, photographs, minerals, and Native American artifacts. Summer Hours (May-September): Daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Winter Hours (through April): Tuesday-Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed Mondays and winter holidays.

Days of ‘76 Museum 18 Seventy Six Dr., Deadwood

(Adjacent to the Days of ‘76 Rodeo arena)

(605) 578-1657 The Days of ‘76 Museum began informally, as a repository for the horse drawn wagons and stagecoaches, Photo courtesy Deadwood History carriages, clothing, memorabilia, and archives generated by the Days of ‘76 Celebration. The newer 32,000-square-foot museum is home to collections of Western and American Indian artifacts, archives, photos, and artwork. It houses one of the nation’s most significant collections of American Western history. The four important collections are Wagons & Vehicles, Rodeo Collection, Clothing Collection, and Clowser Collection. Summer Hours (May-September): Daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Winter Hours (through April): Tuesday-Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed Mondays and winter holidays.

Historic Adams House

22 Van Buren Ave., Deadwood (605) 578-3724 The Adams House recounts the real tragedies and triumphs of two of the community’s founding families. Following the death of W.

E Adams in 1934, his second wife closed the house. For a half-century, time stood still, nothing was moved. Painstakingly restored and preserved by leadPhoto courtesy Deadwood History ing experts in historic preservation, the Adams House was reopened to the public in 2000, revealing a time capsule in a place where legends still live. Tour rooms and grounds of this elegant Victorian mansion and learn why it was once Deadwood’s social center. October and April Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The last tour of the day is at 4 p.m. Closed Mondays Summer Hours (May-September): Daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The last tour of the day is at 5 p.m. Winter Hours: Closed November-March. Open for specialty tours and group tours.

Homestake Adams Research & Cultural Center

150 Sherman St., Deadwood (605) 722-4800 The Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center (HARCC) houses, preserves, and provides public access to one of the nation’s largest collection of Black Hills archival materials. Dating from the 1870s to the present, these materials provide the visitor with a better understanding and appreciation of the people, places, and events that shaped the unique history of the Black Hills. The extensive collection includes historic photographs, maps, legal correspondence and documents, city directories, personal diaries and journals, gold exploration and production reports, business ledgers and records, and many other interesting historic materials. Hours: Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment.

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Broken Boot Gold Mine

1200 Pioneer Way, Deadwood (605) 578-1876 In the spring of 1876, the call of GOLD led a flood of miners, merchants, muleskinners and madams to sweep into Deadwood Gulch. The intriguing story of one of America’s last great gold rushes comes to life at Deadwood’s Broken Boot Gold Mine, established in 1878. The mine sat vacant for thirty-six years. In 1954, a group of Deadwood businessmen reopened it as a tourist attraction. Step into the Black Hills best underground mine tour and return to a time when the powerful punch of a miner’s pick and the roaring boom of another dynamite blast signaled the ongoing search for the richest veins of gold on Earth. Hours: Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Trial of Jack McCall

Tickets can be purchased by calling (800) 344-8826 The Trial of Jack McCall has been performed in Deadwood since the mid1920s, making it one of nation’s longest Photo courtesy South Dakota Tourism running plays. The play is based on the actual trial which took place in the mining camp of Deadwood after Jack McCall murdered James Butler “Wild Bill” Hickok. This is a family-friendly show where the selected members of the audience participate in the performance serving as jurors in the trial. May 27-September 23 – Monday-Saturday 7:35 p.m. – Shooting of Wild Bill and the Capture of Jack McCall, Main Street in front of Old Style Saloon #10 7:50 p.m. – Dover Brothers at the Historic Masonic Temple Theatre 8 p.m. – Trial held at Historic Masonic Temple Theatre, 715 Main Street.

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Deadwood Alive Shows

(800) 344-8826 Witness the Thrill of a Main Street Shootout! The Deadwood Alive Gunslingers are looking for trouble – and they find it every day with historically accurate reenactments of Deadwood’s past. Hours: April 1-May 20 – Free show Fridays and Saturdays from 12:30-4:30 p.m. May 27-September 23 – Free live shows daily (except Sunday) on Historic Main Street from 1:45-6 p.m. Shootouts at: 2 p.m. – Tin Lizzie, 531 Main St.; 4 p.m. – Celebrity Hotel, 629 Main St.; 6 p.m. – Silverado, 709 Main St.

Mt. Roosevelt Memorial

Located 2.5 miles from Deadwood on US Hwy 85 Mt. Roosevelt is home to the “Friendship Tower“ monument created by Seth Bullock, in memory of the friendship he had with President Theodore Roosevelt. After a short hike up to the tower, visitors are able to take in the sights of the beautiful Black Hills. To get to Mt. Roosevelt, take US Hwy 85, northbound, leaving Deadwood. Travel 1.5 miles, turn onto FSR 133. There will be a 2 mile mark and a sign for the Mt. Roosevelt picnic area where the trailhead begins, and the bathroom will be located. The hike to the Friendship Tower and overlook is less than one mile from the trailhead, but moderately uphill.

George S. Mickelson Trail

11361 Nevada Gulch Rd., Lead (605) 584-3896 The 109-mile-long Mickelson Trail follows the historic Deadwood to Edgemont Burlington Northern rail line and contains more than 100 converted railroad bridg-

es and 4 rock tunnels. South Dakota’s first rails to trails project is enjoyed by bicyclists, hikers and horseback riders. Its gentle slopes and easy access allow people of all ages and abilities to enjoy the beauty of the Black Hills. There are 15 trailheads, all of which offer parking, selfsale trail pass stations, vault toilets, and tables.

Black Hills Mining Museum

323 W. Main St., Lead (605)584-1605 Share the thrill experienced by the old time prospectors by panning your own GOLD! Walk through time with “miner” tour guides in timbered passages of a simulated underground gold mine. View historic mining artifacts and local history exhibits. This museum includes a historic video presentation of mining in the Black Hills, a gift shop with Gold Panning Books and Supplies and much more. Summer Hours: May-September – Monday-Saturday 9 a.m.-5p.m., Sunday 12-4p.m. Winter Hours: By reservation only by calling (605) 722-4875 or (605) 584-1326

Historic Homestake Opera House

313 W. Main St., Lead (605)584-2067 This incredible building was constructed in 1914, and boasted a theater that sat 1,000 people and also housed a swimming pool, billiard hall, library, bowling alley, smoking room, and social hall. It was built by Homestake Mining Company superintendent, Thomas Grier, and Phoebe Apperson Hearst, widow of mining magnate George Hearst, the owner of More Sights & Sounds on page 22

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Sights and Sounds... Homestake Mining Company. It was the heart of the mining town of Lead for 70 years. In 1984, the theater was nearly destroyed by fire- and it sat empty for 11 years. In 1998, work on restoration and structural improvements began. In 2008, the first community theatre production in 25 years was celebrated by the Gold Camp Players. All year round this venue features tours, concerts, theatre, educational field trips and presentations, and corporate events while restoration continues throughout the building as funding becomes available.

Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center

160 W. Main St., Lead (605) 584-3110 The exhibit hall has exciting information about Sanford Underground Research Facility and the history of Homestake. Exhibits include photographs, videos, science & mine artifacts, and a 3D model of the underground- from the surface down to the 8,000 ft. level! From our deck, view the 1,000-foot-deep Open Cut. Tours include a trip through historic Lead and a surface tour of Sanford Lab. In the Yates room, you’ll see hoists that have been in operation since 1939. You’ll learn a little bit about the mining process and the state-of-the-art Waste Water Treatment Plant designed by Homestake. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily Summer Tours: June-September at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 4 p.m.


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High Plains Western Heritage Center

825 Heritage Dr., Spearfish (605) 642-9378 The High Plains Western Heritage Center was founded to honor the old west pioneers and Native American of five states. This museum features western art, artifacts and memorabilia. It houses the completely restored “original” Spearfish to Deadwood Stagecoach that was bought in 1890 and last ran in 1913. A 200-seat theatre features many historic programs, entertainment, and special events. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily

Historic Matthews Opera House & Arts Center

612 Main St., Spearfish (605) 642-7973 Back in 1906, the new Matthews Opera House was the center for entertainment in the Northern Hills, hosting touring companies and vaudevillians. Time seems to have stood still, for today the ornate woodwork, the murals and the brightly painted advertising on the art curtain are throw-backs to the turn-of-the century. Built by a wealthy Wyoming cattleman, the original “cost of the opera house was no less than $25,000!” Currently, The Matthews consists of a fine arts gallery with 48 regional artists and upstairs, the theatre continues to provide community plays, national performance acts and music concerts. Art Gallery Hours: 10 a.m to 5 p.m.


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September – May Sunday-Thursday 8 a.m. - Midnight Friday & Saturday 7 a.m. - 3 a.m.

Memorial Day – Labor Day

Sunday-Thursday 7 a.m. - 1:30 a.m. Friday & Saturday 7 a.m. - 3 a.m. Trolleys run at regular intervals between all hotels, motels and other key points throughout Deadwood. Cost is $1.00 per ride. Hours are subject to change. The hourly trolley schedule is posted on the back of the Main Street Trolley stop signs.

For more info, contact: City of Deadwood Trolley Dept. 605-578-2622

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Best Western Hickok House Restaurant & Casino 137 Charles St., Deadwood, 605-578-1611, 800-837-8174 Buffalo Bodega Gaming Complex 658 Main St., Deadwood, 605-578-1162 Cadillac Jack’s Gaming Resort 360 Main St., Deadwood, 605-578-1500 Celebrity Casinos 629 Main St., Deadwood, 605-578-1909, 888-399-1886 Comfort Zone Casino at Comfort Inn & Suites 225 Cliff St., Deadwood, 605-578-7550, 800-961-3096 Deadwood Dick’s Gaming Hall, 51 Sherman, St., Deadwood, 605-578-3224, 888-882-4990 v Deadwood Gulch Gaming Resort 304 Cliff St./Hwy. 85 S., Deadwood, 605-578-1294, 800-695-1876 v Deadwood Mountain Grand Casino 1906 Deadwood Mountain Dr., Deadwood, 605-559-0386, 877-907-4726 Deadwood Station Bunkhouse & Gambling Hall 68 Main St., Deadwood, 605-578-3476, 800-526-8277 Deadwood Super 8 - Lucky 8 Gaming 196 Cliff St., Deadwood, 605-578-2535 v First Gold Gaming Resort 270 Main St., Deadwood, 605-578-9777, 800-274-1876 Gold Country Inn Gambling Hall & Cafe 801 Main St., Deadwood, 605-578-2393, 800-287-1251 Gold Dust Casino 688 Main St., Deadwood, 605-578-2100, 800-456-0533 Hickok’s Hotel & Casino 685 Main St., Deadwood, 605-578-2222 Historic Bullock Hotel Casino 633 Main St., Deadwood, 605-578-1745, 800-336-1876 v Historic Franklin Hotel Gaming 700 Main St., Deadwood, 605-578-3670 Holiday Inn Express 22 Lee St., Deadwood, 605-578-3330 Iron Horse Inn Casino 27 Deadwood St., Deadwood, 605-717-7530 v The Lodge at Deadwood Gaming Resort 100 Pine Crest Ln., Deadwood, 605-584-4800, 877-393-5634 Main Street Deadwood Gulch 560 Main St., Deadwood, 605-578-1207 v Mineral Palace Hotel & Gaming Complex 601 Main St., Deadwood, 605-578-2036, 800-847-2522 Mustang Sally’s Casino 634 Main St., Deadwood, 605-578-2025 Saloon No. 10 Casino 657 Main St., Deadwood, 605-578-3346, 800-952-9398 v Silverado Franklin Historic Hotel & Gaming Complex 709 Main St., Deadwood, 605-578-3670, 800-584-7005 Tin Lizzie Gaming Resort 555 Main St., Deadwood, 605-578-1715, 800-643-4490 VFW Post 5969 Gambling 10 Pine St., Deadwood, 605-722-9914 Wooden Nickel Casino 9 Lee St., Deadwood, 605-578-1952


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Best Western Hickok House 137 Charles St., Deadwood, 605-578-1611 Black Hills Inn & Suites 206 Mountain Shadow Ln. South, Deadwood, 605-578-7791 The Branch House at Celebrity Hotel 633 Main St., Deadwood, 605-578-1745 Butch Cassidy & Sundance Kid Luxury Suites 57 Cherman St., Deadwood, 605-343-8126 Cadillac Jacks Hotel & Casino 360 Main St., Deadwood, 605-578-1500 Cedar Wood Inn 103 Charles St., Deadwood, 605-578-2725 Celebrity Hotel 629 Main St., Deadwood, 605-578-1909 v Cheyenne Crossing 21415 US Hwy. 14A, Lead, 605-584-3510 Comfort Inn & Suites 225 Cliff St., Deadwood, 605-578-7550 Deadwood Dick’s Hotel & Suites 55 Sherman St., Deadwood, 605-578-3224 v Deadwood Gulch Gaming Resort 304 Cliff St., Deadwood, 605-578-1294 Deadwood KOA Campground 11484 US Hwy. 14A, Deadwood, 800-562-0846 v Deadwood Mountain Grand-A Holiday Inn Resort 1906 Deadwood Mountain Dr., Deadwood, 605-559-0386 Deadwood Station Bunkhouse & Gaming Hall 68 Main St., Deadwood, 605-578-3476 v First Gold Gaming Resort 270 Main St., Deadwood, 605-578-9777, 800-274-1876 Gold Country Inn 801 Main St., Deadwood, 605-578-2393 Hampton Inn at Tin Lizzie Gaming Resort 531 Main St., Deadwood, 605-578-1893 Hickok’s Hotel & Casino 685 Main St., Deadwood, 605-578-2222 Historic Bullock Hotel 633 Main St., Deadwood, 605-578-1745 Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites 22 Lee St., Deadwood, 605-578-3330 The Hotel by Gold Dust 25 Lee St., Deadwood, 605-559-1400 Iron Horse Inn Deadwood 27 Deadwood St., Deadwood, 605-717-7530 v The Lodge at Deadwood Gaming Resort 100 Pine Crest Ln., Deadwood, 605-584-4800 Martin & Mason Hotel 33 Deadwood St., Deadwood, 605-722-3456 v Mineral Palace Hotel & Gaming Complex 601 Main St., Deadwood, 605-578-2036 v Silverado Franklin Historic Hotel & Gaming Complex 700 Main St., Deadwood, 605-578-3670 v Spearfish Canyon Lodge 10619 Roughlock Falls Rd., Lead, 605-584-3435, 877-975-6343 Springhill Suites by Marriott at Cadillac Jacks 322 Main St., Deadwood, 605-559-1600 Super 8 Deadwood 196 Cliff St., Deadwood, 605-578-2535 Thunder Cove Inn 311 Cliff St., Deadwood, 605-578-3045 v Trailshead Lodge Cabins 22075 US Hwy. 85, Lead, 605-584-3464 v Travelodge Inn & Suites 250 Main St., Deadwood, 605-717-7181 Whistler Gulch Campground 235 Cliff St., Deadwood, 800-704-7139

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side from images of the Black Hills gold rush and the Sioux Indian wars, Deadwood is famed in the public’s mind as the place where “Wild Bill” Hickok was murdered while playing poker in Saloon No. 10, holding the “Deadman’s Hand” of aces, eights and the nine of diamonds. Hickok joined a flood of miners, shopkeepers, prostitutes, card players, bunco artists and outlaws invading the raw and just-formed Wild Bill Hickok town of Deadwood in June of 1876. His intent was to separate prospectors and miners from their gold – not at the point of a gun, but at the poker tables with a winning hand and two pistols at hand for any sore losers in the bunch. Hickok was a newlywed with a wife to support. His bride, the former Mrs. Agnes Thatcher, was waiting for him back in Cheyenne. Hickok had a couple of habits that served him well in the rowdy bars of the West. He’d pour his drinks with is left hand, leaving his best gun hand at the ready. When gambling he wanted to sit with his back to a wall. On August 2, 1876, during a card game in the No. 10 Saloon, Hickok walked in and noticed a poker game was in progress, but the only empty seat at the table faced away from the saloon’s doorway. Hickok failed to persuade others at the table to trade seats with him, then decided to take the open seat. Hickok never saw a loafer named Jack McCall walk up within three feet, pull a .45 out of his coat and pull the trigger. Hickok spilled his hand – pairs of black aces and eights – known forevermore as “Deadman’s Hand.” Quickly apprehended, McCall said he’d killed Hickok because “Wild Bill” had killed his brother, a miners’ court figured that was an acceptable defense and let him go. The drunken McCall just couldn’t keep his mouth shut about the killing. He bragged one too many times that he’d killed Hickok and was arrested, tried in Yankton and hung on March 1, 1877.



eth Bullock is a notable Westerner, not only here in the Black Hills, but in Montana and Wyoming as well. Before coming to Deadwood, Bullock was a member of the 1871 Territorial Senate of Montana, during which he introduced a resolution calling upon the U.S. Congress to set aside Yellowstone as the nation’s first national park. The measure was approved and Yellowstone National Park was created in 1872.


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Bullock entered into partnership with Sol Star in the hardware business in Helena, Mont. And the two ventured to Deadwood in 1876 and opened a highly successful hardware store in the booming gold camp. The hardware store was remodeled and turned in to the historic Bullock Hotel, with luxury accommodations for those days. The murder of Wild Bill Hickok sparked a loud demand for law and order and Bullock was quickly tapped to serve as the Seth Bullock town’s first sheriff. Bullock was soon appointed as one of the first U.S. Marshal of the Dakota Territory. He ranched on the Belle Fourche River and was the first in the territory to plant alfalfa. His leadership led to building a federal fish hatchery for the Black Hills, in Spearfish. Bullock founded the town of Belle Fourche A lifelong friend of Theodore Roosevelt from the 1890’s Bullock was appointed by “Teddy” as the first Forest Supervisor of the Black Hills Forest Reserve, predecessor of today’s Black Hills National Forest. Roosevelt’s death in 1919 shattered Bullock. Despite his own frail condition, Bullock quickly built the Roosevelt Monument on Mt. Roosevelt across the Gulch from Mt. Moriah. Months later Bullock died of cancer at the age of 70 and was buried, at his request, on the hill-side above Mt. Moriah.



alamity Jane was born Martha Jane Canary near Princeton, Missouri, in 1852. She was married a number of times and had a daughter about whom little is known. Noted for dressing, most of the time, in men’s clothing and for wild behavior, she was also known by the early miners and settlers for her kind and generous nature. She was the lady bullwhacker whose language was so strong that brave men feared it more than her gun – which nearly always hit its mark. Calamity Jane came to Deadwood during the spring of 1876. The gulch region became her permanent home for the rest of her life, although she ventured elsewhere many times. She whooped it up with the prospectors and the gamblers on nearly a nightly basis in the saloons and gambling halls. She always got what she wanted, a sack of groceries for a sick miner or a ticket home for a wayward saloon girl … all at the point of a gun. Calamity Jane was said to be in love with Wild Bill Hickok. Maybe she was, but the romance was apparently one-sided. Wild Bill never strayed and never forgot the lovely Agnes, his bride of Spring/Summer 2018

only a few weeks whom he had left in Cheyenne before traveling to Deadwood to seek his fortune in the gold rush. When smallpox broke out in the Deadwood gold mine camp, she devoted herself to caring for the sick men. Many a pock-marked old man of the Black Hills in later years called her “an angel”. Every person who knew her told a different story about her. She was good and kind, she took care of the less fortunate, she was drunk and disorderly, she was a renegade, but none ever said she stole or committed a serious crime. Calamity Jane The end came for Calamity Jane in a boarding house in Terry, an upper Hills mining camp. A combination of pneumonia and alcoholism carried her off on August 1, 1903. Her funeral was the largest ever held in Deadwood. One writer declared that “10,000 persons with not one mourner among them” attended the funeral. She was buried at Mt. Moriah Cemetery, as was her request, beside Wild Bill, forever close to him in death but never in life.



olorado” Charlie Utter is known locally as a good friend to “Wild Bill” Hickok. Indeed, Utter saw to it that his good “pard” was properly buried. A notice was posted around town, alerting citizens that funeral services would be held “at Charlie Utter’s camp on Thursday afternoon, August 3, l876, at three o’clock p.m. All are respectfully invited to attend.” Utter even wrote Hickok’s epitaph for a grave marker. It seemed like the least he could Charlie Utter do, seeing as how Utter brought Hickok to the Black Hills. Utter organized a wagon train in Georgetown, Colorado, which swung through Cheyenne, Wyoming, on the way to the gold strike. That’s where Hickok joined the wagon train. A Colorado newspaper described Utter as a “courageous little man” wearing fringed leggings and coat, and sporting gold and silver decorated revolvers. After Hickok’s murder, Utter re-


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portedly turned his entrepreneurial spirit to letter and freight delivery, mining and gambling. The Lead newspaper “Black Hills Times,” on June 24, 1879 reported: “Charlie Utter, nuisance, keeping a dance house. To Mr. Utter the Court delivered a very severe lecture, condemning all such practices in unmeasured terms. But in consideration that Mr. Utter had closed the place (Judge Moody) sentenced him to one hour’s confinement and a fifty dollar fine and costs.” Utter departed Deadwood after a fire swept through and destroyed much of the town on September 26, 1879. He was later rumored to be practicing medicine in Panama.


otato Creek Johnny” or Johnny Perrett, was one of the Old West’s most respected and peaceable men. Full grown, the Welshman stood an impish 4 foot, 3 inches. He searched the West for adventure and dabbled in many pursuits before settling down to prospecting. Potato Creek Johnny staked his claim in Deadwood’s Potato Creek. That’s where he stayed until his death in 1943. Johnny found what is believed “Potato Creek to be the largest gold nugget Johnny” prospected in the Black Hills. The nugget weighed 7.75 ounces. He sold the nugget to W.E. Adams, and a replica is on display at Deadwood’s Adams Museum – the real nugget safely tucked away in storage. Johnny became a local and national hero, loved for his warm personality and magical way with children. He was a favorite of all those who visited his diggings or met him on the streets of Deadwood. After dying at the age of 77 after a short illness, his body was buried at Mt. Moriah Cemetery, near Wild Bill and Calamity Jane. When his funeral procession rolled past the Adams Museum, the carillon chimes tolled 77 times.


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3. “Beast from _______ Cave” was filmed in the Deadwood area in 1959. 4. Tatanka: Story of the Bison is a _______ to the bison and Native American people. 7. The _______ Mine was once the largest goldmine in the Western Hemisphere. 8. Deadwood’s Adams Museum is home to a _______ fossil. 9. The Broken Boot Gold Mine was eventually purchased by _______ (2 words) and his business partner, James Nelson. 10. In poker, a pair of black aces and eights is known as the _______ Hand.

Down 1. The fossil at Deadwood’s Adams Museum is the only fossil ever found from the _______ period. 2. Founded in 1876, the Black Hills _______ is Deadwood’s original newspaper. 5. The Broken Boot Gold Mine is the only _______ mine tour in the Northern Black Hills. 6. Tatanka is a _______ word meaning “big beast.”

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