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Mining for History............................................................... 3-5 HBO Orders up a Big Dose of Deadwood........................ 6-7 Deadwood 1876 Theater..................................................... 8-9 Schedule of Events...........................................................10-11 Museum-Hopping in Deadwood....................................13-15 Black Hills Snowmobile Trail System Map....................16-17 Black Hills Snowmobile Network....................................18-19 Sights & Sounds................................................................20-22 Crossword Puzzle & Word Search........................................ 23 Gaming Directory................................................................. 25 Dining Directory................................................................... 26 Lodging Directory................................................................. 27 Meet the Legends.............................................................28-29 Snocross Returning to Deadwood...................................30-31 Destination Deadwood® Staff: Letti Lister, Publisher Mark Watson, Editor Dru Thomas, Ad Director/Project Manager Ingrid Hayward, Advertising Amanda Knapp, Design Cover Photos: SD Tourism Destination Deadwood is published by Seaton Publishing, Inc., 315 Seaton Circle, YEARS Spearfish, SD 57783 Since 1876 (605) 642-2761 ©2018-2019 Destination Deadwood. All rights reserved.


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Mining for history Twin towns reciprocate in preservation efforts Story and Photos by Jaci Conrad Pearson


donation of Deadwood-related items from the Black Hills Mining Museum in Lead to the Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission was jokingly said to have made Deadwood Historic Preservation officials drool. City Archivist Mike Runge, was particularly blown away by the contents of the cardboard box recently presented to him on behalf of the Black Hills Mining Museum board of directors. “These are amazing images, some which I’ve never seen before,” Runge said. “Photographic post cards processed at the turn of the century, candid shots, wonderful streetscapes of different areas, letterhead from some of the companies that were short-lived and some have really cool lithographic graphics. For us, it’s exciting because, for example, even though we have a picture, say, from the 1900 time period, the pictures provide different views of the buildings, so it really helps us with historic preservation efforts. This is a huge assemblage of post cards, photographs and other types of ephemera from the 1870s

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and 1880s. It’s a great photographic essay from the turn of the century through the 1920s and 1930s.” Runge also remarked on several overviews of Deadwood, taken at different time periods. “They’re really cool. You can see how the town has changed over the years and see the progress of Deadwood turning into an urban metropolis,” Runge said. “These are also very helpful when individuals do restorations. It helps them pick out minute details.” Runge said the end result for the donation is to get the materials online in a more public-oriented platform. “Something like this benefits us on all levels, across the board,” Runge said. “That’s why it’s so awesome. To Continued on page 4

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have this presented to us is really an honor. This is a real treasure, something we’re very appreciative of. It’s another cog in the wheel historic preservation offers to Deadwood and the state of South Dakota.” Runge explained that back in July of this year, Black Hills Mining Museum board member Bob Phillips came in with a box. “For the past month, I’d say, we’ve been slowing going through and looking at these materials and it is a true treasure trove of Deadwood history,” Runge said. “These are items that the mining museum felt would better serve the city of Deadwood.” Phillips said the entire project partnership started with the Black Hills Mining Museum’s volunteers. “Our volunteer force always has the option to have a board member take a look at the collection in one way or another,” Phillips explained. “When our volunteers go through archival material, they make a determination: ‘Does this fit our mission statement, aims, purposes, goals?’ And if they don’t think it does, it is placed on a table and board members look


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at it and make a determination.” Phillips said that living in the area as long as he has, he recognized the value of the items, even if they didn’t relate to the Black Hills Mining Museum’s mission.

“Specifically, I want to say, it’s a real act of kindness and great partnership between the two cities.” Mike Runge, Deadwood city archivist

“I started to go, ‘Whoah,’ I’m looking at business sales slips, things that were purchased, everything back then involved pieces of paper. ‘I said, ‘Hey, there ain’t no way we’re getting rid of these. I’m going to see if Deadwood Historic Preservation is interested!” Phillips said the next step was go to board and say, “Hey, it doesn’t look like it’s related specifically to Homestake or mining in the Lead area, but

looks like a lot of it, 95 percent really, is related to what was going on in Deadwood in the late 1800s, early 1900s.” And the rest, as they say, is history. “Mike (Runge) and Kevin (Kuchenbecker) are so fantastic to work with,” Phillips said. “They bend over backwards to help us out. When Mike heard he had it, he goes over and looks at it and almost started drooling.” Phillips said he could recall the significance of some of the items and knew some of the businesses and when they actually opened in Deadwood. “They’re items related to more of a business-type transaction, rather than mining or mining-related,” he added. “These things were mostly Deadwood. They had some Lead connections, but Mike kept going through there until he came to a deer hunting picture and he said, ‘Hey, look at those rifles. Look at those guns. Wait until I show Kevin. And Mike noticed the shoes one of the guys was wearing and really got a kick

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out of those shoes. He was looking at it from a historical aspect and it was interesting to see his reaction.” Phillips said one item in particular caught his attention. “We ran across the inventory list they kept when they were building the Adams house -- costs, pieces of furniture, etc.,etc.,” Phillips said. “They’ve been so good to us over the years, it was logical they should have this.” Historic Preservation Officer Kevin Kuchenbecker pointed out Northwest Transportation documentation from 1883 and poll book registrations of voters from all four wards in Deadwood from 1934-1954 and said the city is grateful to have the new atifacts in its archives. “I want to thank the Mining Museum for considering the city archives and historic preservation for the donation. … It is very fascinating information,” Kuchenbecker said. Runge reiterated his thanks

and enthusiasm to the historic preservation commission. “Specifically, I want to say, it’s a real act of kindness and great partnership between the two cities. It’s really kind of neat because, in amongst this, there was an advertisement for the city of Deadwood and the city of Lead that basically shows the twin cities coming together. So, coming together like this and providing us with some of these amazing items really is going to benefit historic preservation in the long run,” Runge said. “There are photographs in here that go from 1870 all the way up through the 1950s. They show the built environment of Deadwood. They also show the architecture and the structures, both commercial and residential. In addition to that, there are also advertisements. There are letters, stationery, Days of ’76 from 1930. With the 100th anniversary coming up, these things will be invaluable, so this is truly a wonderful treasure-trove of materials. Mike and Bob and all the directors of the mining museum, thank you.”

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‘Deadwood’ ‘Deadwood’ movie gets greenlight Story and Photo by Jaci Conrad Pearson


aise those glasses high, prepare for some foul language and a trip back in time to the down and dirty raucous mining camp days of Deadwood, as HBO recently announced it would revive the “Deadwood” series for a movie to be released sometime in spring, 2019. With many rumors of a revival surfacing from time to time since the series ended more than a decade ago, Deadwood History, Inc. (DHI) Director Carolyn Weber, who already has a direct line with production principals, said the movie is definitely a go. “It’s a deal. It’s going to happen,” said Weber. “We’re just so happy they contacted us for this production. It’s great to be able to help them. This is big for Deadwood. It’s a shot in the arm, not only for Deadwood Historic Preservation, but also for Deadwood’s museums and historic resources.” Production was scheduled to begin in October and directors have already been dialing up DHI asking for photographs dating back to 1889. “John Rizzo contacted me ... regarding makeup he will be doing for the project and asked if I could find photographs that depicted what hair styles, make-up and clothing were like at that time,” said DHI Executive Director Carolyn Weber, adding that Rizzo indicated the movie would focus on the year 1889.


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HBO programming chief Casey Bloys said that production is scheduled to begin in October. An airdate has yet to be set but it could debut in spring 2019. “I think this is very interesting,” said DHI Marketing and Communications Director Rose Speirs. “A lot of people thought they would pick back up with the fire of 1879, but they’ve requested materials from 1889, so I have a feeling it’s not going to be what we expect.” Weber said Rizzo also requested photographs of street scenes with a lot of people in them, instead of just studio portraits. “So they could accurately capture that, as well,” Weber said. “He also requested pictures of Seth Bullock, Sol Starr, and Calamity Jane. Some of the local legends we have.” Variety reported the announcement was made by HBO programming president Casey Bloys at the Television Critics Association (TCA) summer press tour July 25. “All of these people worked hard to get this together,” Bloys said. “It’s been a logistics nightmare getting all the cast members’ schedules togeth-

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the Achievement for Outstanding er, but we are there. It is greenlit.” Series creator David Milch created Art Direction for a Single-Camera Series for historical information the the script for the film and Bloys pair provided to the called it “terrific” and • HBO recently critically acclaimed one that could “stand announced it HBO Deadwood on its own.” would revive the series art department Speirs said then-Ad“Deadwood” series to create authenams Museum & House for a movie. tic-looking sets. director Mary Kopco • Production was This type and her staff did a scheduled to begin of assistance lot of the research for in October, and the will again be props and make-up movie’s anticipated provided to throughout the threerelease is set for producers by year series run from spring 2019. DHI. March 21, 2004 to • The miniseries, Set in 1870s August 27, 2006, set in the 1870s, Deadwood, the working with Rizzo ran for 36 episodes. show ran for 36 and his team. “Mary and Jerry Bryant were inepisodes and depicted growth vited out to the set in California and in the gulch from a camp to a town. The large ensemble both won Emmys for their work,” cast included actors Ian Speirs said. McShane, Timothy The Emmys presented to Kopco Olyphant, Molly Parker, and Bryant in 2005 and 2007 were and John Hawkes. in recognition of contributions to Pictured are some of the individuals to be portrayed in HBO’s “Deadwood.” From top, clockwise, are Sol Star, Calamity Jane, and Seth Bullock. Courtesy photos

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live stage experience artfully mixing facts from the past with fiction, Deadwood 1876 Theater’s tales are woven with the golden threads of history that characterized this mining town at the turn of the century. Loosely basing her creations on actual events, owner Marilyn Ardavani’s Deadwood 1876 Theater is in its seventh season and offers an evening of comedy entertainment centered around the characters and themes of Deadwood in its early rowdy days. “I came here seven and one-half years ago on vacation and fell in love with the Hills,” said Ardavani, who hails from Blue Springs, Mo. “I saw a real need for entertainment – the old Deadwood-style entertainment is what I was shooting for.” Everything from the set to the costumes is meant to deliver on that goal. “I like to 8

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buy authentic stuff. I did a year of research on Deadwood and costumes, furniture, buildings, mining before I even got started,” she said. Ardavani found her way to Deadwood via the HBO Deadwood series and the desire to just take a vacation somewhere, anywhere. “When I heard it was a real town, I was, like, ‘No way! I’m there.” Later, with her oldest daughter in tow, the former biology teacher moved to Deadwood and set up shop, first focusing her theater strictly on plays and more recently adding a mystery dinner theater theme. “I write all the plays,” Ardavani said. “I take events that happened in the Black Hills between 1876 and 1890. I use as much history as I can. Everything’s pretty much period and since it’s dinner theater, it’s a little less formal. We have a lot of fun.” Inspired by a murder mystery dinner theater she attended with her daughter, Ardavani changed up the plays she was writing and hosting to include the mystery dinner theater element. “I said, ‘I can do that,’” she recalled. And the likes of Killer Queen, which played over the summer, and Who Killed Nelly? were born. Fall/Winter 2018-2019

Who Killed Nelly?, playing 5:30-7:30 Oct. 13, 19, 20, is the story of Deadwood’s most popular working girl at Madam DuFran’s busy brothel, who is murdered. The list of suspects grow as secrets are revealed. The audience is asked to help Sheriff Bullock determine just who killed Nelly. And here’s how the murder mystery dinner theater works. “It’s catered by Cheyenne Crossing, we have a live musician, and after dinner, we start the play out, the murder happens, and we give the crowd the opportunity to guess who did it,” Ardavani said. “They write down their guess, we collect them, then finish the play. The people who guessed right are entered into a drawing for a bottle of wine.” December features a festive turn of events for the Deadwood 1876 Theater, as Scrooge of Deadwood, a historical-fiction piece with musical accompaniment takes to the stage 5:30-7:30 p.m. Dec. 7, 8, 14, 15. Prosperity and profiteering reigned in 1876 Deadwood. Can the spirit of the season touch the heart of the most despicable, ruthless man in town? Share the comedy and tragedy to find out. “The Scrooge of Deadwood is great,” Ardavani said. “It’s got a great ending.” Looking for actors to populate her plays has never been difficult and Ardavani says she’s got some of the best talent out there. “They’re from Belle Fourche, Spearfish, Lead, and Deadwood,” she said. “Belle Fourche and Spearfish is a plethora of talent. Some of my first actors were college students

at (Black Hills State University). They’re well-trained. The ones we have now are older, but all very experienced. The talent – I can’t tell you how much talent is in these Hills. It’s amazing.”

Who Killed Nelly? Playing 5:30–7:30, Oct. 13, 19, 20 The Scrooge of Deadwood Playing 5:30–7:30, Dec. 7, 8, 14, 15

It was Ardavani’s own acting class in college that fueled her passion for the plays she produces today. “I took an acting class in college and I thought, ‘I could do this,’” she said. “Turns out, I was right. Today, I hire people who are good actors. When I turned 50, I decided I needed to do something fun for the rest of my life. I loved the plays and I thought it might make

something good to do.” Ardavani said new director Ryan Brewer of Magic Time Films has made positive contributions to the shows. “He brought the last bit of professionalism I needed and he plays Al Swearingen in Scrooge,” she added. All of the plays at the Deadwood 1876 Dinner Theater are adult comedies. “We cuss a little. There is no nudity. And we do skirt prostitution,” Ardavani said. “Dora DuFran (Deadwood’s most famous madame) is one of the main characters. I try to use the ones in the history books.” Ardavani is planning a historic Valentine’s Day-themed play, slated to run in February. “It will be based on an actual person from history and will be a love story,” she added. This year, the Comfort Inn in Deadwood plays host to the Deadwood 1876 Theater and many shows have been sell-outs, hosting between 75 and 110 spectators. “Everybody who has ever come to my plays has loved it,” Ardavani said.

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Fall-Winter 2018 Schedule of Events

Paranormal Investigation Tour Oct. A the Historic Adams House 5-6, of An exclusive 90 minute paranormal investigation of one 12-13 of Deadwood’s most haunted sites. Learn the history behind the darker stories associated with the historic & and search for paranormal activity using night 19-20 home, vision cameras, full spectrum cameras, digital audio recorders and EMF meters. Tours are 6:00, 7:30, 9:00, and 10:30 p.m. Admission charged. Psychic readings with Melissa Teel-Hartman available following each tour in the gentleman’s smoking rooms. Advanced reservations required.

Historic Adams House 22 Van Buren Ave., Deadwood, SD 57732 605-722-4800 • www.deadwoodhistory.com

West Songwriters Festival Oct. Wild Over 20 top songwriters and artists come to share 12-13 their music and their stories. This will feature informal

performances at various locations in Deadwood, writers rounds, and Grand Jam sessions.

Deadwood Mountain Grand Event Center 1906 Deadwood Mountain Dr., Deadwood, SD 57732 605-559-0386 • www.wildwestsongwriters.com

Camp Players — Oct. Gold Sonia, Masha & Spike 19-21 Vanya, Sample a variety of beer and wine from all across the & country as well as your Black Hills favorites at various across town. 26-28 venues Historic Homestake Opera House 3013 W. Main St., Lead SD 57754 605-584-2067 • www.homestakeoperahouse.org

Foxworthy in Concert Oct. Jeff 8:00 p.m. 20 Deadwood Mountain Grand Event Center

1906 Deadwood Mountain Dr., Deadwood, SD 57732 605-559-0386 • www.deadwoodmountaingrand.com

Oct. Deadweird Make plans for the 6th annual Monster Ball on Friday a live band, dancing, and prizes; and the annual 26-27 with Costume Contest on Saturday with more than $10,000

in cash and prizes for the best costumes. Both events are FREE, so come in costume or just come to watch — it is quite the sight!

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

Money in Concert Nov. Eddie 8:00 p.m. 3 Deadwood Mountain Grand Event Center

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Nov. Hairball in Concert p.m. 9 8:00 Deadwood Mountain Grand Event Center

1906 Deadwood Mountain Dr., Deadwood, SD 57732 605-559-0386 • www.deadwoodmountaingrand.com

Nov. Louie Anderson in Concert p.m. 10 8:00 Deadwood Mountain Grand Event Center

1906 Deadwood Mountain Dr., Deadwood, SD 57732 605-559-0386 • www.deadwoodmountaingrand.com

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Deadwood Salutes our Veterans.

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

, Nov. Deadwood's Big Whiskey


You will sample the top Irish, Scotch, and Bourbons, enjoy a signature cocktail at several locations and learn from top whiskey representatives. Registration from 12:30–4:30 p.m. at Saloon #10. Purchase tickets by calling 800-344-8826. Participation is limited.

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

Nov. Jim Messina in Concert p.m. 17 8:00 Deadwood Mountain Grand Event Center

1906 Deadwood Mountain Dr., Deadwood, SD 57732 605-559-0386 • www.deadwoodmountaingrand.com

Nov. Williams & Ree in Concert p.m. 24 8:00 Deadwood Mountain Grand Event Center

1906 Deadwood Mountain Dr., Deadwood, SD 57732 605-559-0386 • www.deadwoodmountaingrand.com

Nov. Cirque Musical Holiday 25 featuring the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra 8:00 p.m.

Deadwood Mountain Grand Event Center 1906 Deadwood Mountain Dr., Deadwood, SD 57732 605-559-0386 • www.deadwoodmountaingrand.com

Dec. Christmas Tours of the Historic 8-9 Adams House open house style tour is from 12:00–6:00 p.m. & The Admission Charged. 15-16 Historic Homestake Opera House 3013 W. Main St., Lead SD 57754 605-584-2067 • www.homestakeoperahouse.org

Dec. Black Hills Cowboy Christmas p.m. Matinee Show, both days; 8-9 2:00 Saturday, 7:00 p.m. Evening Show with Dance. Historic Homestake Opera House 3013 W. Main St., Lead SD 57754 605-584-2067 • www.homestakeoperahouse.org

Dec. REO Speedwagon in Concert p.m. 9 8:00 Deadwood Mountain Grand Event Center

1906 Deadwood Mountain Dr., Deadwood, SD 57732 605-559-0386 • www.deadwoodmountaingrand.com

Dec. Shenendoah in Concert p.m. 15 8:00 Deadwood Mountain Grand Event Center

1906 Deadwood Mountain Dr., Deadwood, SD 57732 605-559-0386 • www.deadwoodmountaingrand.com

Jan. Deadwood Snowmobile 25-26 Rally Join the fun of the Pro Snocross racing... with a little extra!

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

Jan. ISOC Deadwood Snocross 25-26 Showdown

Professional Snowmobile Races. More than 150 of the top professional Snocross racers will descend on the historic town’s Deadwood Event Center (Days of ‘76 Rodeo Grounds) for a weekend of high-flying, highspeed, high-octane snowmobile racing.

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

Mar. Mardi Gras Weekend the best party north of the Bayou! 1-2 It’s Celebrate Mardi Gras in the Wild West,

with a weekend full of free parades, costume contests, parties, and live music.

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

, Mar. St. Patrick's Weekend Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in the 15-16 Old West with pub crawls, the Leprechaun Olympics, parades, and music.

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

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a dynamite destination to museum-hop Story and Photos by Jaci Conrad Pearson


ant to get up close and personal with Deadwood? Then a visit to the town’s four museums, collectively called Deadwood History, Inc., (DHI) is a must. The Adams Museum, Days of ’76 Museum, Historic Adams House, and Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center. Each has its own unique flavor and focus, but all are immersive experiences into Deadwood’s days of old.

As stated in the organization’s mission statement, DHI inspires the global community by preserving and celebrating the cultural heritage of Deadwood and the Black Hills in the context of the American West through exceptional exhibits, innovative educational programs and access to extensive collections in unique settings. “Deadwood History, Inc. creates exhibits that tell compelling stories

about the history of Deadwood and the Black Hills through the use of original artifacts, primary source archival materials, and thoughtful interpretation,” said Carolyn Weber, DHI executive director. “We want our audience to realize and understand that history is about the human experience, which is relevant to all of us.”

HISTORIC ADAMS HOUSE With the founder of the Adams Museum such an integral part of preserving Deadwood’s history, it is only fitting that a few decades ago, museum officials set about preserving Mr. Adams’ home. Built in 1892 and located at 22 Van Buren St. in Deadwood, the Queen Anne-style home is well-known for its towering outward appearance and turret, in addition to its well-appointed, period interiors, featuring copious amounts of oak, hand-painted canvas wall coverings, stained-glass windows, some of the first 19th century plumbing, electricity, and telephone in the Black Hills, and original furnishings. Following W.E. Adams’ death, then-wife, Mary, left everything intact, from the sheet music on the piano to the cookies in the cookie jar and left Deadwood. The house sat unoccupied for more than 50 years. That is, until the Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission purchased the property in 1992 and restored it as a house museum in 2000. Continued on page 14

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DAYS OF ’76 MUSEUM Housed in the newest building of all the DHI properties, the Days of ’76 Museum began as a local repository for horse-drawn wagons, stagecoaches, carriages, clothing, memorabilia, and archives donated by a wide variety of individuals. Today, the museum is a state-ofthe-art facility filled with interactive, dynamic exhibits. This museum grew out of a longstanding tradition called the Days of ’76, a celebration that started in 1924

as a way to honor Deadwood’s pioneers – the prospectors, miners, muleskinners and madams who made the Black Hills their home in 1876. Since then, the Days of ’76 has grown into an event that draws thousands to town each year, complete with a historic parade and award-winning PRCA rodeo.

Adams Museum Founded in 1930 and the building donated to the city of Deadwood, the Adams Museum is the oldest of the four properties and was established by pioneering businessman, W.E. Adams with the purpose of preserving and displaying the history of the Black Hills.


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Must-see items include: Potato Creek Johnny’s 7.346 troy ounce gold nugget; N.C. Wyeth’s pencil sketch drawing of the legendary Wild Bill Hickock; Thoen Stone record of the Ezra Kind party’s discovery of gold in the Hills in the 1830s; a rare, one-ofa-kind plesiosaur; and many other items too numerous to mention.

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HOMESTAKE ADAMS RESEARCH AND CULTURAL CENTER This is the place where DHI puts one of the nation’s largest collections of Black Hills archival materials in visitors’ hands, for the purpose of conducting research and simply the chance to view rare and unique photographs and documents. Dating from the 1870s, all the way up to the present, the materials are designed to provide visitors with a fuller understanding of and appreciation for the people, places, and events that shaped the Black Hills.

Included in the extensive collection are: historic photographs, maps, legal correspondence and documents, personal diaries and journals, gold exploration and production reports, business ledgers and records, and much more. Historically-themed lectures and workshops galore can also be found at the Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center.

While each property houses its own eclectic collection, all work together in furthering the goals of DHI and enhancing the visitor experience. “The properties all work together, as a whole, to showcase Deadwood’s transition from a rough and rowdy mining camp to an established city; revealing people, events, and circumstances that made that possible,” Weber said.

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inter in the Black Hills means many visitors will traverse the 350-mile Black Hills snowmobile trail network. It features parking, pit stops, and warming shelters and is ranked as one of the nation’s top 10 riding places. Very few locations are unavailable for riding, but there are four restricted areas: wildlife winter ranges/habitat, private property, cross-country skiing complexes, and active logging areas. Some trails lead up through deep canyons, weave through pine forests, and ascend to summit lookouts. Others open onto untracked meadows and play areas.


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Full-time staff grooms the trails nightly. Snow and trail conditions are available by calling the South Dakota Sno-Wats phone service at (800) 445-3474. Trails officially open Dec. 15 and will

stay open through March 31. Crews do not groom the trails until at least 12 inches of snow are on the ground. Grooming stops after March 31. South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks district park

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supervisor Shannon Percy said snowmobilers may still ride on Black Hills National Forest land after that date, but agreements with private landowners expire. Northern routes along the system tend to have the most snow. The southern areas near Moon (close to Hill City) also boast quite a bit of snow. Percy said the trails currently have one reroute this season due to logging activities. He encourages all snowmobilers to pick up a current map, which is free and available at trailheads and vendors listed on the maps. Representatives of the Forest Service, Game, Fish, and Parks, and logging interests meet every year to discuss timber sales and how trails will be affected. Several local retailers offer snowmobile rentals. Local snowmobile service and guides are also available. Snowmobile licenses may be purchased at any county treasurer’s office, trailheads, or vendors listed on the maps. A resident license costs $10 per year, with a temporary five-day permit costing $40 for non-residents.

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Percy said trail counters noted roughly 100,000 clocks during the 2017-18 season, compared to 91,521 clicks during the 2016-17 season. He added that information is used for things like determining which trailheads receive the most use and evaluating grooming cycles. Non-resident snowmobiles that are validly licensed in another state may be legally operated in South Dakota. Residents and non-residents may purchase a special five-day temporary permit for unlicensed snowmobiles. This permit costs $40 and is available online and at many trailside vendors.

A motorcycle may be converted to fit the definition of a snowmobile. This permit costs $20 and is valid from Dec. 15 through March 31. Call the Black Hills Trails Office at (605) 584-3896 to purchase a pass. Snowmobilers operating in road rightsof-way and/or public snowmobile trails must show proof of final responsibility (liability insurance). Percy encourages everyone to purchase a current trail map.

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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 www.deadwoodhistory.com 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 www.deadwoodhistory.com 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 www.deadwoodhistory.com 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 www.deadwoodhistory.com 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 www.brokenbootgoldmine.com 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 www.deadwoodalive.com 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 www.deadwoodalive.com 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 www.mickelsontrail.com 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 www.blackhillsminingmuseum.com 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 homestakeoperahouse.org 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 www.sanfordlabhomestake.com 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 www.westernheritagecenter.com 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 www.matthewsopera.com 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.


Around Trolley Schedule

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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Crossword Across 1

All of the plays at Deadwood 1876 Theater are _______ comedies. Deadwood’s four museums are collectively called Deadwood _______, Inc. In poker, a pair of black aces and eights is known as the _______ Hand. Potato Creek Johnny is credited with finding the largest gold _______ prospected in the Black Hills. 10. Kevin Kuchenbecker discovered _______ registrations of voters from all four wards in Deadwood from 1934–1954. 12. Founded in 1876 and still operating today, the Black Hills _______ is Deadwood’s original newspaper.


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Down: 1. milch; 2. adams; 3. snocross; 4. homestake; 6. emmys; 9. northern; 11. saloon Across: 2. Adult; 5. History; 7. deadmans; 8. nugget; 10. poll book; 12. pioneer

1. David _______ is the series creator of HBO’s ‘Deadwood’. 2. This museum, founded in 1930, is the oldest in Deadwood. 3. The _______ annual AMSOIL Championship Snocross 11 event is scheduled for Jan. 25–29 in Deadwood. 4. One of the nation’s largest collections of Black Hills archival materials is housed at _______ Adams Research & Cultural Center. 6. Mary Kopco and Jerry Bryant won _______ 12 for their work on the HBO series, ‘Deadwood’. 9. _______ routes along the Black Hills snowmobile network tend to have the most snow. 11. Wild Bill was murdered in the No. 10 _______.


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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 & Suites 360 Main St., Deadwood, 605-578-1500 Cedar Wood Inn 103 Charles St., Deadwood, 605-578-2725 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 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 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 at First Gold 250 Main St., Deadwood, 605-717-7181 TRU by Hilton at Cadillac Jacks 372 Main St., Deadwood, 605-571-1001 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 Fall/Winter 2018-2019

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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he seventh annual AMSOIL Championship Snocross event is scheduled for Jan. 25-26, 2019, at the Days of ’76 Event Complex in Deadwood. “It’s a combination of all things snow and adrenaline,” Deadwood Chamber of Commerce Director Lee Harstad said. He described the sport as motocross with a snowmobile. Airborne jumps and tight turns characterize a snocross course. The Days of ’76 track is regarded as one of the toughest, most technical tracks on the series. Professional, amateur, and female racers compete.

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Some of the athletes compete at the well-known X Games events. January’s event marks the fourth stop on the tour’s eightcity schedule. Other stops include Duluth, Minn.; Salamanca, N.Y.; and March’s grand finale in Lake Geneva, Wis. Harstad said everyone can enjoy motocross, especially in Deadwood. “It’s up close and personal to all of the action with the speed and high-flying action,” he added. “Do you like watching competitive sports? Adrenaline sports? NASCAR races?

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Motocross? Then you definitely don’t want to miss this opportunity,” Deadwood Chamber of Commerce Marketing Director Amanda Kille said. Harstad said this event has experienced tremendous growth in interest levels during the past six years. He added this has resulted in expanded ticket sales and more people coming to stay for the weekend. “In the shoulder months such as January and throughout the winter, it’s crucial for Deadwood’s economy to have

events that draw people in for the weekend,” Harstad said. Saturday sessions will likely be sold out before the event, according to Harstad. He said some random seats have been available on the Friday of the event. “It’s amazing that in the dead of winter, we can transform Deadwood into a snowmobile racing capital for nearly a week,” Harstad said. The International Series of Champions (ISOC) stages the AMSOIL series. It named the Deadwood Snocross its event of the year in 2014.

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