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Inside Deadwood Gaming Turns 30.................................................. 4-5 Outlaw Square to Open This Fall........................................... 6-7 Family Owned Dakota Sky Stone........................................... 8-9 Schedule of Events............................................................... 10-11 Days of ‘76 Rodeo.....................................................................13 Mt. Roosevelt Friendship Tower Turns 100........................ 14-15 Franklin Hotel Parapet Making a Comeback..................... 16-17 Deadwood’s Haunted Hotels............................................... 18-19 Mickelson Trail Map............................................................ 20-21 Deadwood’s Natural History Abounds............................... 22-23 Adams Museum Reboot...................................................... 24-25 Deadwood Word Search & Crossword Puzzle.........................27 Attractions in & Around Deadwood................................... 28-30 Meet the Legends................................................................. 32-33 Lodging, Gaming, & Dining Directories............................. 35-37 Destination Deadwood® Staff: Letti Lister, Publisher | Sona O’Connell, Project Coordinator Ingrid Hayward, Advertising | Amanda Knapp, Design Cover Photos: SD Tourism Photos courtesy of South Dakota Tourism


estination Deadwood® magazine started publication with the onset of legalized gaming in November 1989. This magazine is owned and produced by the oldest continuously operating business in Western Dakota Territory – the Black Hills Pioneer newspaper, which first published on June 8, 1876.

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ue to technological advances, hitting a jackpot in Deadwood is no longer accompanied by the clatter of coins clanging in the tray, but 30 years of gaming in the gulch is still reason to make quite a bit of noise. Deadwood’s gaming story actually started more than three decades ago. Faced with the financial perils of living in a dying town, a group of local businesswomen and men decided to take the challenge of introducing a new industry to the area head-on and formed the Deadwood You Bet Committee, engaging in an active pursuit to bring gaming to Deadwood. That core group of eight Deadwood You Bet Committee members was comprised of Tom Blair, Linda Blair, Bill Walsh, David Larson, Mary Dunne, Mike Trucano, Betty Whittingham, and Melodee Nelson. The group’s vision for Deadwood was for gaming to help, not only with economic development and job creation, but also tying gaming tax proceeds to historic restoration and preservation to help with the town’s badly-needed infrastructure and building improvements. “It started as an idea presented to Deadwood’s then-mayor Tom Blair at a time that Deadwood was in serious financial trouble,” Deadwood Gaming Association Executive


Director Mike Rodman explained. “The Deadwood You Bet Committee approached the 1987 legislature with the idea of gaming and were told to go gather signatures if they wanted the voters to approve a constitutional change. They gathered those signatures by attending every parade and fair across South Dakota for 18 months and it was placed on the 1988 ballot and approved by the voters with the caveat that the citizens of Deadwood must approve gaming by at least 60 percent, which they did in April of 1989.” Deadwood Gaming kicked off at high noon Nov. 1, 1989. Since that time, the industry has experienced both ups and downs, but has succeeded in remaining relevant to consumers by constantly innovating. First, with increased bet limits, next with the introduction of craps, keno, and roulette, and finally the newest attempt to gain new market share – a bid for sports betting. “One of the keys to Deadwood’s success has been their relationship with the voters of South Dakota,” Rodman said. “Deadwood gaming has always been honest with the voters and lived up to their promises and the voters have rewarded that honesty with allowing the changes Deadwood needs to stay competitive as an integrated gaming destination.”


From the beginning, the vision was for gaming to help save Deadwood’s historic buildings, the You Bet campaign message aided by the tragic Syndicate Fire that destroyed a prominent Main Street building in December 1987. “Since the legalization of limited stakes gaming in Deadwood, the industry has supported Deadwood’s historic preservation efforts,” said Deadwood Historic Preservation Officer Kevin Kuchenbecker. “The gaming tax revenue is the primary source of funds for the city of Deadwood’s preservation efforts and without gaming, Deadwood could have been another Old West ghost town.” Trucano said legalized gambling has taken the town a long way in terms of economic vibrance. “It’s turned a lot of broken down buildings into buildings that have a purpose and it’s helped our community a lot by providing residents with programs that help them keep their houses safe and secure.” Rodman attributes three decades of success in gaming to several factors, including the natural beauty of the area and Deadwood’s rich history, both important bits of Deadwood’s visitor appeal. But there’s more to the equation.

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“A strong South Dakota Commission on Gaming, who from the beginning vowed to keep Deadwood gaming ‘squeaky clean,’” Rodman added. “And Deadwood’s designation as a National Historic Landmark, which set the guidelines for the Historic Preservation’s partnership with Deadwood Gaming, funded through gaming tax proceeds.” Rodman also attributed the early partnership with the South Dakota Tourism Department and Deadwood gaming’s economic impact in the Northern Hills with gaming’s success, as well as the efforts of the Deadwood Chamber of Commerce. “Deadwood gaming tax revenues fund about 30 percent of the state tourism budget, making Deadwood an important partner,” he said. “With over 1,175 direct employees and an overall compensation in wages, tips and benefits of over $46 million dollars annually, Deadwood gaming is the dominant employer in the area. In addition, there are hundreds of indirect jobs to support the gaming industry.” Deadwood gaming has also grown to support several other ancillary businesses along the way and across the state. “With Deadwood gaming’s $100 million in annual revenues, the economic impacts touch everywhere from government services to banking, housing, education, food and beverage, supply providers, construction, plumbing, HVAC, gaming equipment sales and repair, insurance providers, accountants, advertising and marketing companies and hotel furniture suppliers,” Rodman said. Rodman also pointed to the ever-quickening pace of technology and the changes it has brought to the industry over the last three decades. “The slot machines on the Deadwood gaming floors today are vastly different and more complex that those of 30 years ago,” Rodman said. “The customers quickly adapt to new gaming products and are quicker to demand that Deadwood offer those new products that other jurisdictions offer.” There are currently 13 gaming establishments and 13 routed slot operations in Deadwood and while there were more in the beginning,

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several changes over the years have whittled away at the numbers. “Slow revenue growth has facilitated the evolution of the Main Street gaming properties back to more retail establishments, which has hurt our Main Street with some shuttered properties in the short term,” Rodman said. “The Main Street Initiative Committee hopes to rectify this with more year-round activities, bolstered by a community gathering space currently under construction to be called the Outlaw Square.”

Deadwood Gaming kicked off at high noon Nov. 1, 1989.

That said, Rodman feels the development of most casino properties to include lodging has been an important step forward for the industry. “This has allowed Deadwood to accommodate more visitors and to become the visitor’s ‘base camp’ for their entire Black Hills stay,” Rodman said. “It has helped diversify Deadwood to develop more entertainment, dining and shopping options.” The Deadwood You Bet Committee’s success in launching what, at the time, was only the third legalized gaming jurisdiction in the country, is a testament to the change a handful of motivated, focused individuals can make. At the same time the group’s efforts saved Deadwood, they unwittingly launched a gaming revival across the United States that now encompasses 48 states.

“The evolution of the Deadwood gaming market over the last 30 years shows a healthy respect from the industry and the citizens of the State of South Dakota for the ever-changing consumer appetite,” said Caleb Arceneaux, CEO of Liv Hospitality Group, which manages Tin Lizzie and the Cadillac Jack’s Complex. “I believe the future of Deadwood is bright and, as an evolving destination gaming market, will be of particular interest to multiple generations moving forward. This is evidenced by the significant investment in the Deadwood community we have made over the years. I cannot wait to see what the next 30 years will bring!” As for the next 30 years, Rodman weighed in on what he feels will contribute to continued success. “Deadwood needs to be forward thinking and anticipate the changing customer demands and act on those to provide the products and services they are looking for,” Rodman said. “This means being proactive on legislative changes and encouraging reinvestment in both the public and private sectors.” A 30th anniversary of gaming celebration is being planned as a joint effort with the Deadwood Chamber of Commerce and the Historic Preservation Commission. “We have preliminary plans to have the Deadwood Alive reenactors restage the high noon gunfire on Nov. 1 that kicked off legal gaming in Deadwood 30 years ago,” Rodman said.


Outlaw Square to open this fall

Deadwood Jam kick-off event Story and Photos by Jaci Conrad Pearson


ocated at the corner of Deadwood and Main streets, there’s a new outdoor space in which to mix and mingle under construction in Deadwood. “Outlaw Square is a new public gathering space in the former location of the Franklin Motor Lodge and the vacant parcel of land, where city hall used to sit in 1952,” said Deadwood Historic Preservation Officer Kevin Kuchenbecker. “This area will be transformed into a public gathering space and opens to the public in September.” The space will feature a multipurpose gazebo, event stage, turf, and in the winter season, fire pit and ice skates. Ice skating is slated to begin in late November. As part of the project, Deadwood Street will be realigned to meet Shine Street and the Franklin Motor Lodge was demolished to make way for such features as an ice-skating rink, water component, and event stage, as well as public restrooms,


storage, turf, and historic features. Closure of Deadwood Street continues to June 15. During phase two, general construction March 15-June 15, sidewalks along Highway 14A and Main Street will be closed to the public, while a four-foot section of sidewalk will remain open along Hickok’s. Deadwood Street will be fully closed. During phase three, June 15-Sept. 15, sidewalks will be open to the public along Main Street, while the sidewalk along Highway 14A will be closed. There will be no access to Highway 14A, but half of Deadwood Street will be open during this phase. “Reminiscent of city hall and the Deadwood Theater that once stood in that location, a possible gazebo and water feature is planned,” Kuchenbecker said. “Of course, being in a National Historic Landmark District, it will be compatible with the historic district’s wood and masonry brick construction.” A groundbreaking on the project was held Jan. 7. Both a culminating and crowning moment for an ongoing four-year commitment to bring a Main

Street square to town, involving members of the Main Street Initiative, formerly the Deadwood Revitalization Committee, a sub-committee of the Deadwood Chamber of Commerce. Bill Pearson, chairman of the Main Street Initiative and Deadwood Jam chairman, said this has been a persistent effort to reach this goal of providing Deadwood residents and tourists a place to gather and interact with the history of Deadwood. “It was a concerted effort and a never-give-up-attitude that got the job done and this should spark the revitalization of Deadwood’s Main Street though retail development and increased traffic, which is the mission of the Deadwood Revitalization Committee,” Pearson said. “The initial event at the Outlaw Square will be the 2019 Deadwood Jam, so we really want to give something back to the community, so we are going to be putting on the first-ever free Deadwood Jam on Sept. 13 and 14, featuring nine bands representing various genres, such as blues, bluegrass, classic rock, funk, and Americana.”

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Other key partners include Deadwood Historic Preservation, the state of South Dakota, city of Deadwood, Deadwood Lead Economic Development, and others. Mayor David Ruth, Jr. said the new chapter marked by the ground breaking for Outlaw Square is exciting to him for several reasons. “This Outlaw Square gives us the opportunity to really improve the quality of life for our residents. It brings us to a place to gather as a community and it has the potential to increase the stay of our visitors.

Improving on what I already believe to be the greatest destination in our great land, a place that I am proud to call home.” Thus far, $4 million dollars has been budgeted for the construction of Outlaw Square. “This project is paid for through Deadwood Historic Preservation and state of South Dakota future funds,” Kuchenbecker said. “This is a monumental project of the Main Street Initiative, a city-wide revitalization effort for Deadwood, which is a public/private partnership.” A $2 million original commitment was

made by the Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission in the fall of 2017, contingent upon the Main Street Initiative Committee securing matching funds to get the project off the ground. The project was greenlighted in October 2018, as then-Gov. Dennis Daugaard committed the full $2 million required to match the Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission’s $2 million commitment and combined, the $4 million in funding finally brings the project to fruition.

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or five decades, a four-generation family-owned turquoise jewelry business that grew out of one lady’s love for the stone and its Native American cultivators, has been bringing the legend of turquoise alive; 30 of those years from a Main Street store-front in Deadwood. The story begins with Ginny Tallman, who purchased her first pieces of turquoise while traveling through the reservations of New Mexico and Arizona with her husband Clint, a traveling insurance salesman. Ginny soon befriended several Native American artists and began bringing turquoise back to

South Dakota in her little “trinket box” and selling her finds to friends. While doing this, she developed a deep appreciation for and saw the benefit in knowing the artists who crafted the jewelry personally. A booth at the Busted Five in Rapid City, soon followed by her first store opening in 1971 and later, on to bigger and better things, with the development of the 16-store Ginny’s Village, where three houses were converted in to a shopping mall. “Ginny’s House of Turquoise became so famous that movie stars and country singers would actually bring their buses in,” Ginny’s daughter, Jeanette Tice, recalls. “We would almost sell out every day. People were lined up to get into our stores. She’d fly the Native Americans in to build jewelry and have shows where people could meet them.”

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Tice followed in the footsteps of her mother and opened her first business in Deadwood in 1983, called Ginny’s 2. “Every year, I bought a building,” Tice said. “Where Miss Kitty’s is now, I opened a store there and next year, another. At one time, I had eight stores.” Tice ultimately settled at 671 Main St., Deadwood and Dakota Sky Stone remains there today, more than 30 years later, where she is in business with third-generation turquoise jewelry purveyors and partners, daughter Annie Tice-Poseley and son Clint Tice, who is a rock-hound. “My daughter had such a passion for the stores,” Jeanette said. “At 12 years old, she was managing my mom’s stores full-time. Our family was always tight. We’re proud we’re four generations. Anything I acquired is also my kids’ and will be my grandkids’.” “My daughter, Zoe, is 8 and made her first trip to the reservation when she was 3 weeks old,” Annie said. At age 5, Zoe accompanied her mother to the reservation again, this time, learning about what a pottery artist does. “Now she does all the pottery herself, picks out the colors and designs,” Annie said. “When they’re old enough to see over the cases, they start talking with them and

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helping them,” Jeanette said. “What makes us so passionate is the process of meeting the artists and getting to know them, but most of all, is meeting our customers. You go in as a stranger and leave and family and friends. We love what we do. We know every piece because it’s hand-picked. We don’t buy anything from a manufacturer. These are all hand-made pieces. We know the story behind each piece and that’s why we’re special.” Jeanette said she has been working with some of the same artists for decades and has worked with 23 different tribes. “Most of the silver work is the Navajo, Zuni and Hopi,” Annie added. “Each of us have a different passion, so my dad (Jim Tice) has come on and really hand works with the artists. He has become a phenomenal silversmith. He does repairs.” Jeanette said that another unique aspect of Dakota Sky Stone is that they not only buy pieces from the artists, they pick out their own pieces from the mines, eliminating the guess work when it comes to the authenticity of the turquoise. “There’s a lot of fake turquoise out there,” she said. “A lot that’s compressed and a lot of artists put fake stones in. We find the stones and build the design around the

stone, so there is the highest quality of both, not only of artistry, but of the stone itself.” Jeanette said when her mother started in the business, turquoise cost $7 for a 5-gallon bucket. “Now it’s sold by the carat,” she said. “Some goes for $17,000 a carat. It has gone crazy.” Dakota Sky Stone features all Native American-made turquoise and sterling silver and anything natives are known for, as far as Native American jewelry, as well as Native American artifacts, local photography, and wines. “Nothing is from other countries,” Jeanette said. “It’s 100 percent USA.” In the making of turquoise, legend has it that the Native Americans danced and rejoiced when the rains came. Their tears of joy mixed with the rain and seeped into Mother Earth to become SkyStone Turquoise, the fallen sky stone hidden in the earth and valued for its beauty for thousands of years. Turquoise is the stone of blessings, good fortune, protection, good health, and long life. “Once you get involved, it calls to you. It really does,” Jeanette said. “I love turquoise. I love the color. I love what it means. I love everything about it.”


Spring—Summer 2019 Schedule of Events

Corks, & Kegs April Forks, Food & Wine Festival 5-6 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. Then head to the finale, a Grand Tasting, featuring dozes of beer and wine varieties, light hors d’oeuvres, and dessert samples. Must be 21 to participate. 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 • www.deadwood.com

April Blackhawk Deadwood Mountain Grand Event Center 13 1906 Deadwood Mountain Dr., Deadwood, SD 57732 605-559-1188 • www.deadwoodmountaingrand.com

April 14

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

Craft Beer Fest April Deadwood Enjoy pairings of craft beer with unique bacon offerings. 26-27 Deadwood Chamber of Commerce 501 Main St., Deadwood, SD 57732 605-578-1876 • 1-800-999-1876 • www.deadwood.com

May 18 June 2

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.

Deadwood City of Ghosts

Come join us for a 3 night event in one of the most historical and haunted wild west locations. Learn about the history and the people who once lived and died in this town, and the ones who still remain. 231-459-8488 • www.openrangeevents.com

Julio Iglesias Jr./New North

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

Mark Chesnutt

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

Ron White

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

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

Discover 26.2 miles of Black Hills beauty during the annual Mickelson Trail Marathon that starts and finishes in Historic Deadwood. 605-390-6137 • www.mickelsontrailmarathon.com

June 6-8

Wild Deadwood Reads

A multi-author, multi-genre book signing offers opportunities to interact with authors in numerous events throughout Historic Deadwood. 605-390-6137 • www.wilddeadwoodreads.com

June 7-8

, Patsy's Day

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

May 2-5

May 17

Christopher Cross

Free April Home Deadwood Mountain Grand Event Center 1906 Deadwood Mountain Dr., Deadwood, SD 57732 26 605-559-1188 • www.deadwoodmountaingrand.com

April 27

May 11

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 www.blackhillsvacations.com Days of ‘76 Event Complex, Deadwood, SD 57732

Bills Days June Wild Celebrate the life and times of Wild Bill Hickok with a 14-15 weekend full of free concerts on Main St., National Dock Dogs Competition, gold panning and sluicing.

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

June 20

Northern Hills Community Band Concert

7:00 p.m. on the Historic Adams House lawn

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

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Gritty Dirty Band June Nitty Deadwood Mountain Grand Event Center 30 1906 Deadwood Mountain Dr., Deadwood, SD 57732 605-559-1188 • www.deadwoodmountaingrand.com

Camp Jubilee Celebration July Gold Fireworks, parade, vendors, games, car show. 3-6 Lead Area Chamber of Commerce 160 W. Main St., Lead, SD 57754 605-584-1100 • www.leadmethere.org

Corbin July Easton Deadwood Mountain Grand Event Center 1906 Deadwood Mountain Dr., Deadwood, SD 57732 4 605-559-1188 • www.deadwoodmountaingrand.com

July 6 July 9-14

Melissa Etheridge

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

5th Annual Deadwood 3-Wheeler Rally

Vendors, socials, entertainment, trike show n’ shine, poker runs, awards night trike parade, trike games of skill, charitable fund-raising and more.

Deadwood Event Complex (Rodeo Grounds) Deadwood, SD 57732 www.D3WR.com

July 13

Sanford Lab Neutrino Day

Science festival including speakers, balloon launch, community theatre performance, displays, experiments, and demonstrations.

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

July Mile High Challenge Bike Race/Ride 21 Mountain Combines the Mickelson Trail with rugged and

beautiful side trails to create a fun and challenging mountain bike ride. Two course options are available – 15 mile easy route, and a 23 mile advanced route. There’s something for all riders! Register on race day from 7–8:30 a.m. at Lotus Up in Lead. www.northernhillsrec.org/milehigh

July 23-27

, 97th Annual Days of '76

PRCA Rodeo action daily and parades on Historic Main Street July 26 & 27 Deadwood, SD 57732 • www.daysof76.com

Willow Band July Red Reunion Concert 25 Historic Homestake Opera House

309 W. Main St., Lead, SD 57754 605-584-2067 • www.leadoperahouse.org

Bellamy Brothers July The Deadwood Mountain Grand Event Center 26 1906 Deadwood Mountain Dr., Deadwood, SD 57732

Annual Aug. 79th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally® 2-11 Many promotions and events being held in Deadwood The City of Sturgis Rally and Events 1040 2nd St. Ste. 201, Sturgis, SD 57785 605-720-0800 • www.sturgismotorcyclerally.com

Ride Aug. Legends A 50-mile ride from Deadwood to Sturgis, to raise money for regional charities. Celebrities lead the ride to the 5 legendary Buffalo Chip. Deadwood Chamber of Commerce 501 Main St., Deadwood, SD 57732 605-578-1876 • 1-800-999-1876 • www.deadwood.com

Doors Down Aug. 3 Deadwood Mountain Grand Event Center 18 1906 Deadwood Mountain Dr., Deadwood, SD 57732 605-559-1188 • www.deadwoodmountaingrand.com

Deadwood Nites Aug. Kool Classic cars, classic music, and classic fun. a 50s and 60s sock hop – Deadwood style. 22-25 It’s 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 • www.deadwood.com

Together Tour Aug. Happy 10th Anniversary 25 Deadwood Mountain Grand Event Center 1906 Deadwood Mountain Dr., Deadwood, SD 57732 • 605-559-1188 www.deadwoodmountaingrand.com

Ranger Sept. Night Deadwood Mountain Grand Event Center 11 1906 Deadwood Mountain Dr., Deadwood, SD 57732 605-559-1188 • www.deadwoodmountaingrand.com

Jam Sept. Deadwood Rock, reggae, and blues fill the Black Hills two incredible days of outdoor concerts. 13-14 for Plus, enjoy food, Wild West entertainment, and breathtaking views of the Black Hills.

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

Oct. Oktoberfest Enjoy live German music, the de Oktoberfest, free food, 4-6 Tour 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 www.deadwood.com

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Days of ’76 Rodeo

a summer highlight

Story and Photo by Jason Gross


eadwood will host the 97th annual Days of ’76 Rodeo at the Days of ’76 Rodeo Grounds July 23-27. The annual event draws some of the best rodeo contestants in the world and also some of the top livestock. Committee member Ted Thompson said the 2018 event featured close to 800 riders, and that number holds steady each year. They competed for prize money totaling $224,213. The Days of ’76 has seen years of success having been deemed the best rodeo in its category by the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association 18 years in a row. The rodeo held the title of “PRCA Midsize Rodeo of the Year” each year from 2004 to 2017. It had earned the “PRCA Small Outdoor Rodeo of the Year” honor four times prior to that. In 2018, the Days of ’76 increased the amount of added money contestants could win and it was moved up to the “PRCA Large Outdoor Rodeo of the Year” category. It was nominated as one of the top five in the country alongside other top rodeos. Contestants vote on the their favorite rodeos and the winners are announced in December at the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, Nev. In 2011, the Days of ’76 committee earned induction into the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame in Colorado Springs, Colo. Thompson attributes the rodeo’s success to the atmosphere, plus things the committee does for the riders, who vote on the awards. What makes a rodeo successful? “It’s when we can bring participants and the crowd and all

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sponsors together, and they’re all happy,” Thompson said. Events for this year’s rodeo begin with PRCA steer roping on July 23. Timed events rodeo slack is set for July 24-25. Barrel racing slack follows the timed events slack on July 25. Five PRCA rodeo performances are slated for July 24-27, with two performances July 27. Bareback riding, tie down roping, saddle bronc rid-

ing, steer wrestling, team roping, barrel racing and bull riding are the traditional rodeo events. The July 24 performance has been designated as “Military Appreciation Night,” and the July 26 performance is in honor of being “Tough Enough to Wear Pink.” Other events include as part of the annual Days of ’76 include two historic parades on Deadwood’s Main Street. Start times are 1:30 p.m. July 26 and 10 a.m. July 27. Champions from the 2018 event represented Florida, North Dakota, Minnesota, Texas, California, Georgia, Alberta, Canada, and Brazil. A steer wrestler represented the state of Hawaii.


Mt. Roosevelt Friendship Tower turns 100 Story by Jaci Conrad Pearson Photo courtesy of Heidi Watson, Watson Photography


n old friend for many visitors to Deadwood over the years celebrates a friendship between two pioneering individuals, will turn 100 this year. “The Friendship Tower was constructed in 1919 through the efforts of Seth Bullock, lawman, rancher, entrepreneur, and second forest supervisor of the Black Hills National Forest, to commemorate the life and death of his personal friend Teddy Roosevelt,” said Deadwood Historic Preservation Officer Kevin Kuchenbecker. Sometimes referred to as “The Cowboy and the Conservationist,” Seth Bullock and Theodore Roosevelt met by chance on Bullock’s ranch when Bullock, a marshal at the time, spied two men bringing in a horse thief wanted in Dakota Territory. One of those two men, a deputy sheriff from Medora, N.D., was 26-year-old Theodore Roosevelt, a rancher. It was this meeting that sparked a decades-long friendship between the two, which later inspired the construction of the Mt. Roosevelt Friendship Tower. “2019 marks the 100th anniversary of the Mt. Roosevelt Friendship Tower,” said Kuchenbecker. “It was dedicated July 4, 1919 and built by the Society of Black Hills Pioneers, beginning in March 1919. South Dakota Governor Peter Norbeck, Major General Wood, and Seth Bullock were the primary speakers at the dedication and it was the first monument


dedicated to Roosevelt after his death. Architects on the project were C.E. Dawson and H.S. Vincent.” The Friendship Tower resembles a medieval castle and is 31-feet tall, 12-feet in diameter, on a 16-foot square base. “There’s an iron spiral staircase that leads visitors to a viewing platform,” Kuchenbecker said. “From the viewing platform, you can see at least three additional states – North Dakota, Montana, and part of Wyoming.” A historical newspaper account of the 1919 dedication ceremony that ran July 8, 1919, said that Bullock insisted on Sheep Mountain to construct the tower. “People said it was remote, they said that the monument to Roosevelt should be in town or near it where strangers passing through the city could see it without effort,” the article reads. “Bullock said, ‘The very fact that people must go three miles to the top of the mountain will make them think more of it when they get there. The drive up the winding road or the walk along the trail will give them a touch of that wild outdoors which Theodore Roosevelt loved. They will have a chance to think of Roosevelt, to dream some of the dreams that Roosevelt dreamed, to dedicate themselves, perhaps, to that service of Americanism and good citizenship to which he so generously gave himself. I don’t want Mount Roosevelt to be a goal for sightseers. I want it to be a national shrine for Americans, true Americans, devoted Americans, who know what Roosevelt meant to our country and to all mankind.” The Society of Black Hills Pioneers deeded the Friendship Tower over to the Forest Service in 1966, it was rededicated July 4, 1968, and it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2005. “The Forest Service, with cooperation and funding from the Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission, has

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done some rehabilitation and restoration work in 2008. 2019 also marks the 100th anniversary of the death of Roosevelt’s good friend, Seth Bullock.” There are several events, activities, and projects planned for the 100th anniversary of the monument. “The first will be adding four more additional interpretive signs along the trail leading to Mt. Roosevelt, which will be placed in early May,” Kuchenbecker said. “We are also working on a traveling display, four panels, which will be on display this summer at Mt. Rushmore talking about both Bullock and Roosevelt being both strong conservation individuals.” Other planned events include: 10 a.m. July 6, Rededication Ceremony; July 7 Black Hills Runners will sponsor a 4-mile run and 1-K kids run; July 13 Black Hills Volksmarch and evening Forest Service Moonwalk. “There is also a bike race that has yet to be determined,” Kuchenbecker added. The .6-mile trail leading up to Mt. Roosevelt is called Roosevelt Trail, or Forest Service Trail 48, and climbs from 4,805feet to 6,280-feet. “It’s interesting that Roosevelt, after he became president, sent his sons out to visit Bullock in Deadwood, so his sons spent time in Deadwood learning about the American Midwest,” Kuchenbecker said. 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.

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Franklin Hotel

parapet making a comeback Story and Photo by Jaci Conrad Pearson


n original façade feature that made the historic Franklin Hotel even more illustrious back in its heyday will soon top it off once again. A grand-scale building and one of the largest in Deadwood, the Franklin Hotel opened June 4, 1903, enhanced by a parapet and flagpole that extended 25 feet above the roofline. During the Great Depression, the hotel was converted into an apartment building and it is unknown exactly when the parapet was removed, but it was never replaced. Deadwood Historic Preservation Officer Kevin Kuchenbecker said that while the parapet has been reconstructed, winter weather has delayed the installation. The Franklin Hotel was built in 1903. “It is considered a landmark structure within the National Historic Landmark District. However, sometime in the 40s, the


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parapet centerpiece or crown of the hotel, at the very top elevation, was damaged when the pediment was lost,” Kuchenbecker said. “Through historic photographs and architectural drawings, we have been able to recreate this iconic feature. Through the historic preservation façade easement program, we arrived at a partnership with the Silverado/Franklin and arranged to have the parapet reconstructed and installed.” This phase of the façade improvements include masonry repairs, tuckpointing, window replacement where needed, and paint. Kuckenbecker said that parapets are common on many of Deadwood Main Street’s historic buildings. Missing for at least 70 years, the new parapet will be a close replica of the original, and will be built from matching cast stone, brick, and fiberglass. The flagpole will be replaced, as well. “The parapet includes the title block of the Franklin Hotel and on top of that is the pediment, which will be reconstructed of fiberglass material and the original masonry, which was concrete,” Kuchenbecker said. Like the rest of the hotel, the parapet was built from hydraulic-pressed brick brought in from Saint Louis, stone accents quarried locally in the Black Hills, and painted wood. “Our group has always wanted to put that piece of history back up,” said Tom Rensch, Silverado/Franklin managing partner. “The help from Deadwood Historic Preservation funding is why our group decide to do it.”

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Haunted Hotels Story and Photos by Jaci Conrad Pearson


hen a town’s name starts with the word “dead,” there are bound to be ghostly connotations attached, lurking somewhere in the shadows. Fact is, a few destinations in Deadwood

Fairmont Hotel This 1898 Victorian hotel property, once a brothel and saloon, is now a bar and gambling hall. Today, due to a fair amount of paranormal activity, the Fairmont Hotel has been featured on the television shows Ghost Adventures, the Dead Files, and Ghost Lab. Ghost and paranormal tours held at the Fairmont Hotel integrate historic footnotes related to the property’s violent and colorful past, as well as present-day hauntings. Fairmont Hotel owner Ron Russo said his ghost tour includes research gleaned from extensive


are just that. Known for its rough and tumble past, some spirits reportedly decided to stick around the gold camp town, adding to its allure and haunting guests in historic hallways of a few hotels and homes.

research on the property and newspaper accounts of several sordid, sometimes fatal events that occurred on-property. “Ninety percent of my research comes from the (Black Hills) Pioneer newspaper,” said Russo, who delved into and developed a ghost tour, following the hotel’s national notoriety gleaned from television’s best-known ghost shows filmed on-site. “All these people were demanding to see the property after the shows went into reruns. I did a walk-through from room to room and developed what I wanted to say. I approach the tours from the standpoint of how the history of Deadwood integrates with what was happening at the time. I approach it from an emotional standpoint, based on the occurrences and the accounts.” Deadwood witnessed its first murder in 1876 when Banjo Dick Brown shot Ed Shaughnessy, his girl, Fannie’s, new suitor. “What I try to do, mostly, is not only show how violent it was here, but why and how that translates into unresolved issues with spirits,” Russo said. “The environmental pressures, the people in pain, the emotional distress that forces them into these predicaments.”

“There are decades of ghosts here walking the streets of Deadwood,” said Fairmont Hotel owner Ron Russo. Superstition or straight-up the truth? Find out for yourself — if you dare.

There have been many paranormal investigations carried out at the Fairmont Hotel and most all come to the same conclusion: this place is loaded with a dark history. One of the first nasty stories that took place at the Fairmont Hotel was Aug. 28, 1907, when a girl who worked upstairs in the brothel named Marguerite tried to take her own life by jumping out a third-floor window and later died from extensive internal injuries. Why she did this is not entirely known, but there are rumors she was “crazed with drink” and had parted on bad terms with her beau, staying intoxicated most of the time. Another deadly story happened within the same year, in a brothel room that was the scene of a violent murder. Distraught with jealousy, a man shot and fatally injured a rival for his girlfriend’s affections, accidentally shooting himself in the face and dying in the process. The brothel girl that inspired all the fuss, Benny Fowler, narrowly escaped death. People have reported having objects thrown at them, as well as encountering an evil presence. Staff and guests reportedly experience ghostly activity of the third floor, and many have seen the restless apparition of Maggie Broadwater (Marguerite) pacing an upstairs corridor. “I’ve seen a grey-haired lady a couple of times, laying on the third floor,” Russo said. “And an employee has seen Maggie once.” Other apparitions reportedly seen in the historic hotel include a man in a black long rider coat and top hat who has been seen by patrons in the bar area, and the ghost of a young boy. Apparitions are extremely common here and many people also experience the feeling of brushes against their skin or hair. While the Fairmont no longer serves as a hotel, the bar and restaurant on the first floor is still open and there are ghost tours of the notorious second and third floor of the two buildings. The Fairmont Hotel is located at 626 Main Street. Tours last approximately 80 minutes and are given nightly at 8:30 p.m. To make reservations, stop by or call 578-2205. Destination Deadwood© | Spring/Summer 2019

Adams House The 1892 Queen Anne-style Victorian home was built by entrepreneur Harris Franklin. Former owner W.E. Adams, who died of a stroke in the house, is said to have never left. “His second wife, Mary, perpetuated rumors that the house was haunted,” said Deadwood History marketing director Rose Speirs. “Whether she actually believed it or not, she closed up the home and moved out, leaving everything as it was.” The Adams House remained uninhabited, except for the ghosts, for more than 50

Bullock Hotel Let’s just say that Seth Bullock, Deadwood’s first sheriff, is alleged to continue playing host at his historic 58-room hotel. Folks say Bullock, who passed away in 1919, still remains here. Apparitions and orbs have been seen and an eerie presence has been felt, although witnesses say the ghost is not harmful. Originally a brick warehouse, strange occurrences have happened at the historic hotel according to both staff and guests, with reports of a strong paranormal presence in the hallways of the second and third floors. Executive Chef John Juso said that he experiences paranormal activity in the property daily. “When I come downstairs, something tells me to get out. If I don’t say, ‘good morning,’ then I get pans flying at me,” Juso said, noting recent reports of people hearing voices call their names, objects that have gone flying, and silverware on the table that has begun spinning around. Others have reported actually seeing the tall ghostly figure of Bullock in various areas of the hotel, including the restaurant and the basement. Apparently, Bullock’s ghost wants to ensure that the staff is working hard, as paranormal events tend to increase when staff members stand idle, whistle or hum a tune. Destination Deadwood© | Spring/Summer 2019

Plates and glasses have been known to shake and take flight in the restaurant, lights and appliances turn on and off by themselves, items moved by unseen hands, and showers turn on of their own accord. Many guests have reported hearing their name called out by a male voice when no one is present, or have been tapped on the shoulder by unseen hands. Others have heard whistling and many report the sounds of footsteps in the hallways when no one is there. In both the secondand third-floor rooms, guests have reported a number of strange occurrences including photographs that produce strange anomalies, alarm clocks that go off, even when they are unplugged, televisions that operate with unseen hands, cloudy figures seen in rooms and hallways, and even an

years. Now a house museum, many of the staff and visitors to the house say they have smelled cigar smoke and perfume or have seen shadow figures. “Some have even seen the rocking chair rock by its own volition,” Speirs said. Annual paranormal investigations held at the house in October often reveal supernatural activity, using night vision cameras, full spectrum cameras, digital audio recorders, and EMF meters. The Adams House is located at 22 Van Buren St. in Deadwood and opens for tours April 2. April hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; May through September hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Tours last approximately 40-45 minutes and cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children 6-12, 5 and younger, free. Stop by or call 578-3724.

antique clock, that hasn’t functioned in years, that chimes of its own accord. With a fair amount of purported paranormal activity, the Bullock Hotel has been the subject of the television show, Unsolved Mysteries. The Bullock Hotel is located at 633 Main Street and ghost tours are held nightly at 5 p.m. Cost is $10 per person for a one-hour tour. Call 578-1745 for more information.



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History Abounds

‘I love thy rocks and rills, thy woods and templed hills’


Story and Photos by Jaci Conrad Pearson

old rush history, Buffalo Bill, and Calamity Jane are good old-fashioned downhome American reasons folks flock to Deadwood. But there are also those who are drawn here to see one of America’s greatest feats of nature, the Black Hills, rising up out of the plains, an island in the plains, filled with rocks millions of years old, rills that run the gamut, woods so dense they appear to be black and gently rolling hills with features so beautiful and breathtaking they’re heavenly. If you’re in the former group, enjoy immersing yourself in our town’s living history. If you’re in the latter group, let’s just say, you’ve arrived. Welcome to Deadwood, nestled in the heart of the Black Hills, and all its fabulous natural finery – and history.

What makes the Black Hills forest unique?

The Black Hills is a special place. It has a unique combination of climate and topography that results in a rich diversity of plant and animal habitats. Here, east meets west, resulting in woodlands with characteristics of both eastern and western forests. Western species like ponderosa pine and limber pine realize their easternmost extension and eastern species, like bur oak and American elm reach the western extent of their naturally occurring range. Paper birch, quaking aspen and white spruce are not typically found in the central part of the United States. These trees are part of a remnant forest left in the Black Hills approximately 8,000 years ago. As the climate began to warm at the end of the last Ice Age, most of the cool climate tree species spread north into Canada. Most of the Black Hills feature prolific amounts of ponderosa pine, with Black Hills spruce occurring in cool, moist valleys of the Northern Hills. Large mountain meadows with lush grassland, rather than forest, are scattered throughout the western portion. Most of the forest and timberlands in South Dakota cover the Black Hills region and lie within the Black Hills National Forest. With Lawrence


County comprised of 55 percent federal lands, the Black Hills National Forest plays an important part in both the aesthetics and the economy of the area. The Black Hills are so-named because of their dark appearance from a distance, as they are covered in trees. Other tree species found in the Black Hills include oak, aspen, and birch. Due to the varying topography, the Black Hills forest has several microclimates. The Northern Hills has a more stable and slightly cooler climate than the Southern Hills. The temperature in the Southern Hills fluctuates more and the area is drier. The climate of the central region is intermediate. Willow, green ash, hackberry, and elm grow along the streams descending from the Hills onto the prairie. Bur oak can be found along these ravines, particularly in the northern Hills. Moving upslope, ponderosa pine dominates the forest. On the cooler north-facing slopes, ponderosa pine gives way to quaking aspen and birch. Further up the north-facing slopes, as conditions continue to become cooler and moist, the aspen and birch decrease as more Black Hills spruce appear. The south-facing slopes are warmer and drier, featuring a preponderance of ponderosa pine.

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When people think of the Black Hills, they usually think of the bountiful and beautiful conifer forest that gives the Hills their Lakota name, Paha Sapa, “hills that are black.” To the Sioux, the Black Hills are the center of the world, the place of the gods, where warriors would go to wait for visions and to speak to the Great Spirit. The Black Hills were formed by an uplift of rock marked by volcanic activity in the northern Black Hills. The uplift came through the overlying rock strata millions of years ago and this dome-like uplift has a central core of granite rock, surrounded by deeply eroded sedimentary deposits. At 7,247 feet above sea level, Black Elk Peak, formerly known as Harney Peak, is the highest point of the Black Hills. This formation is the highest point in the United States east of the Rockies. From there, the rock layers of the Black Hills appear in rings, like a target, and the center is this granite core, with rings of different rock types emanating from the center. The core of the Black Hills has been dated to 1.8 billion years, with other localized deposits that have been dated to around 2.2 to 2.8 billion years. That said, the Black Hills began their development over 600 million years ago, during the Paleozic era. The granite of the Black Hills was formed by magma. The first ring around the core was formed by sedimentary deposits. Then there was a collision which caused the

original sedimentary rocks to fold and twist into a vast mountain range. At the beginning of the Cenozoic era, about 50 to 60 million years ago, the westward drift of the continent created the forces that pushed western South Dakota up into a dome-like structure. After that, many layers of deposits and uplifts and erosion have helped form the Black Hills into their current shape. From the surrounding prairie through the foothills to Black Elk Peak, each stratum rises in regular order, from shales to gypsum, sandstone, schists, limestones, and granite. The rock called the Deadwood Formation is

mostly sandstone and was the original source of gold found in the Deadwood area. In the late 1800s, during Deadwood’s gold rush days, prospectors discovered placer gold, which are loose gold pieces that were mixed in with the rocks and dirt around streams. Above the Deadwood Formation lies the Englewood Formation and Pahasapa limestone, the source of the more than 200 caves found in the Black Hills. The Black Hills region produces a number of minerals, including gold, silver, lead, copper, iron ore, tin, petroleum, salt, coal, mica, and gypsum.


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Points of Interest & Kiosk Locations

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

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Adams Museum reboot results in historic refresher Story and Photos by Jaci Conrad Pearson


eadwood’s oldest repository of Black Hills history has seen major changes over the past three years. The start of changes for Adams Museum began in the basement of and grew to permeate the first floor and mezzanine levels, as well. Change, in the form of new exhibits, new locations, and new interpretations have breathed new life into the museum. Darrel Nelson, Deadwood History Inc., exhibits curator, said that all of his efforts, since early 2017, have been devoted to Adams Museum exhibits and that planning for all the changes began in late-2016.

“It took a year to do all the changes on the main floor and mezzanine, and 2018 was focused on the lower level,” Nelson said. “The impetus for the changes was redoing the entire lower level on a natural history theme. This was intended to showcase our collections, re-present some major artifacts like the plesiosaur, and to support the city’s new emphasis on outdoor activities. But upon planning for the lower level exhibit, it became clear that a number of other exhibits would have to change to receive artifacts displaced by the new plan. For that reason, major alterations needed to happen on the main floor. The overall result is that 60 to 70 percent of the entire

museum is new or reinterpreted.” There are six major exhibits held at the Adams Museum: Riches & Responsibilities, Americana, International Deadwood, Black Hills Believe It or Not, Trails to Traffic, and Risky Business. “My intention in all of the main floor and mezzanine changes was to refresh, condense, and reinterpret as time and artifacts allowed,” Nelson said. “The lower level, however, is almost all new. I am aiming for a national class exhibit experience down there. We’ll see what visitors think.” The Adams Museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily May through September. It is located at 54 Sherman St.

Riches & Responsibilities This exhibit occupies the entire lower level of the Adams and addresses some major themes of the Black Hills natural environment, i.e. large stories in small spaces. “The challenge has been to condense broad themes and long narratives into very tight, and hopefully poignant exhibits,” Nelson said. “My general approach has been to build in interactive components, most of which were invented inhouse, and I have not seen in any other museum.” That said, each of the six thematic areas -- forest, rock/minerals/fossils, animals, flowers/grasses, water, and flying creatures -- features activities for children and families. “Anything not inside an exhibit case is for touching,” Nelson said. Most of the following features were invented by museum staff. The rocks and minerals activity table includes a set of geological diagrams that visitors can put into order and make sense of 2 billion years of earth history. “The forest area is full of touchable examples from our hills, not a museum company,” Nelson said. The animal theme offers two wall-sized puzzles each 40 square feet large. The flowers and plants area includes a balancing game in which visitors figure out which beautiful blossoms are native and which are in fact invaders, the flying creatures area shows a one-of-a-kind Book of Wings and a Build A Bird activity. 24

“The water component includes a wood weighing game and a totally cool, for kids and parents, activity box for shaping your own landscape, and the schoolhouse is all activities related to the rest of the lower level-Beefs and Buffs, Cat and House, Poop Pairs, Who Eats What, Craft a Crystal, Fields and Flight, and more,” Nelson said. “Almost all new and/or invented here.” Nelson said it is his expectation that visitors will leave with something new in their imaginations about trees, water, rocks, flowers and so on. “Some exhibit areas are clearly about information. Others are for just ‘WOW.’ All are intended to be irresistible,” he added. “Altogether, visitors will see artifacts we have had but never shown before-in the mineral collection, mining story, and others presented in a fresh way-the plesiosaur, and many interactive features that will be entirely new. Parents should be prepared for kids to want to stay longer.”

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Americana Nelson said the logical way to present old and new artifacts together was under the theme of American. “The entire exhibit raises the question and presents the complexities of the American story, ranging from a 9,000-year-old stone point (used by early Native Americans) to a Polaroid Land Camera from the 70s,” Nelson said. “We show a military drum from the American revolution, historic currency printed by a Deadwood bank, a trunk that came on the Mayflower, a cowboy hat signed by famous rodeo legends, a pencil that went through the Civil War in the pocket of a commander, polished horns of a bison killed in the greatest animal slaughter in history, and much, much more.” In this exhibit, Nelson said he wants the visitor to take away a sense of wonder from some artifacts, deepened respect from others, fascination from still others, and perhaps a little outrage from a couple. “The American story is rich, complex, ironic and inspiring,” Nelson said. “I want to communicate all this to visitors. In short, the story is probably much more, and maybe other, than what visitors may realize. The exhibit is the most intriguing presentation that I could assemble of what we happen to have, which is a lot.”

International Deadwood Nelson said this exhibit replaces one of similar character in the same area. “The first interpretation of Deadwood’s international story was narrow, and not too distinct from many towns around the country. It focused on the stories of immigrants who came from a range of countries,” Nelson said. “The new exhibit tells a deeper and ongoing story- why Deadwood is still an international destination.” On one wall is the immigrant story, complete with currency newcomers brought, guess-where images of cities they left, and portraits of local arrivals. On the other wall is the modern story; guess-which frames of great cities visitors come from, media copies of the Deadwood phenomenon known around the world, and records of who came from where across both oceans. “In between are exhibit cases highlighting the strange and entertaining collection of items that came from around the globe for a variety of reasons,” Nelson said. “Immigrant heirlooms, purchased in remote marketplaces, curios brought back by early Deadwood travelers. The world keeps coming to Deadwood.”

Black Hills Believe It or Not

Nelson said this exhibit was a way to group and freshly show unusual artifacts. “The two-headed calf, rope collection, and Thoen Stone moved up there to the mezzanine,” Nelson said. “I added surprising images — an 1890s poster from Professor Ferguson’s lecture series on why the world is flat under — the first photograph taken that proves the curvature of the earth. I am hoping two life-sized drawings of famous Deadwood visitors prove to be selfie-ops: 8’ 11” Robert Wadlow who visited in 1939, and Babe Ruth. They all give a new take on the ‘nudist colony’ in its same location. Altogether, I am hoping to inform, entertain and provoke.”

Trails to Traffic

Nelson said this exhibit has much of the same content as the previous one, minus the Hale buggy which went over to Black Hills Believe It or Not, plus added wall imagery and a new activity created for the theme. “It is very simple but already it gets used constantly- a table on which the visitor builds a road from short 2x4 sections and then tries to pull two Model T vehicles across it without losing load or tires,” Nelson said. “The idea is to communicate the challenge of early area roads.”

Risky Business

This exhibit area features a new interactive touchscreen station that was adapted. “Including a hanging gallows with noose,” Nelson said. Destination Deadwood© | Spring/Summer 2019



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4. The Deadwood _______ was the original source of gold found in the area.

5. The Deadwood You Bet _______ was formed by a group of businessmen and women to bring gaming to Deadwood.




7. The _______ Hotel is one of the largest in Deadwood. 9. During the Depression, the Franklin Hotel was converted into a/an _______ building. 5

11. The _______ tax revenue is the primary source of funds for the city of Deadwood’s preservation efforts.


1. Seth Bullock and Theodore Roosevelt were sometimes referred to as “The Cowboy and the _______.”

2. _______ _____ Peak is the highest point of the Black Hills ( 2 words)

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3. The Fairmont Hotel was once a _______ and saloon. 6. The Black Hills’ Lakota name, meaning “hills that are black.” (2 words)

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7. The initial event at Outlaw Square will be the first-ever _______ Deadwood Jam.


8. From the viewing platform of the Friendship Tower, you can see at least 3 other states: North Dakota, _______ , and parts of Wyoming. 10. In 2018, the Days of ‘76 was nominated as one of the top _______ rodeos in the country.

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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, 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.

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Memorial Day to Mid-October Hours Daily 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Winter Hours Open with limited maintenance

Mt. Roosevelt Memorial 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.

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Days of ‘76 Museum

18 Seventy Six Dr., Deadwood |  (605) 578-1657 |  www.deadwoodhistory.com The Days of ‘76 Museum began informally, as a repository for the horse drawn wagons and stagecoaches, 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. Photo courtesy Deadwood History

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 leading 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.

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October & April Tuesday – Sunday 10 a.m. to 4p.m. Closed Mondays Summer Hours (May – September) Daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Winter Hours Closed November – March Open for specialty tours and group tours

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 Hills. Featuring a collection of artwork and artifacts reflecting the natural history and pioneer past of the northern Black Hills., the museum was founded 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.

Photo courtesy Deadwood History

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.

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 bridges 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, self-sale trail pass stations, vault toilets, and tables. Black Hills Pioneer File Photo

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Trial of Jack McCall

Tickets: (800) 344-8826 | www.deadwoodalive.com

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the mining camp of Deadwood after Jack McCall murdered James Butler “Wild Bill” Hickok. This is a familyfriendly show where the selected members of the audience participate in the performance serving as jurors in the trial.

The Trial of Jack McCall has been performed in Deadwood since the mid-1920s, making it one of nation’s longest running plays. The play is based on the actual trial which took place in

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 St.

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

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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 (May – September) Monday – Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 12 to 4 p.m. Winter Hours By reservation only by calling (605) 722-4875 or (605) 584-1326

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.

Monday – Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment Black Hills Pioneer File Photo

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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.

April 1 – May 20 Free show Fridays and Saturdays from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. May 27 – September 23 Free live shows daily (except Sunday) on Historic Main Street from 1:45 to 6 p.m.

Black Hills Pioneer File Photo Shootouts 2 p.m., Tin Lizzie, 531 Main St. 4 p.m., Celebrity Hotel, 329 Main St. • 6 p.m., Silverado, 709 Main St.

Broken Boot Gold Mine

1200 Pioneer Way, Deadwood | (605) 722-4800 www.deadwoodhistory.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.

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Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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 and mine artifacts, and a 3D model of the underground- from the surface down to the 8,000 ft. level! From the deck, view the 1,000-foot-deep Open Cut.

www.sanfordlabhomestake.com 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.

Black Hills Pioneer File Photo 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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Historic Matthews Opera House & Arts Center 612 Main St., Spearfish (605) 642-7973 | www.matthewsopera.com

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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 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Historic Homestake Opera House 313 W. Main St., Lead | (605) 584-2067 www.homestakeoperahouse.org

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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 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.

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.

Tatanka: Story of the Bison (605) 584-5678 | www.storyofthebison.com

Kevin Costner, attraction founder/ owner, invites you to visit Tatanka. 60 million Bison once roamed the Great Plains of North America. By the end of the 19th century, it was estimated that less than 1,000 bison survived. This is their story. While at Tatanka, you’ll enjoy larger than life bronze sculptures featuring 14 bison pursued by three Native Americans riders; the Northern Plains Peoples Educational Interpretive Center; Native American gift shop; Sweetgrass Grill and Snack Bar; and Dances with

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Wolves movie costumes. Lakota interpretive presentations daily May 6 – Oct. 12.

May 6 – October 12 Daily 9 a.m to 5 p.m. Presentations at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. October 14 – May 5 Wednesday – Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Getting 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

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily Courtesy photo Photo courtesy Deadwood Chamber


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James Butler Hickok



Wild Bill 1837 – 1876

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. Hickok joined a flood of miners, shopkeepers, prostitutes, card players, bunco artists, and outlaws invading the raw and just-formed 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. McCall bragged one too many times that he’d killed Hickok and was arrested, tried in Yankton and hung on March 1, 1877.


Seth Bullock



1849 – 1919

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. 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 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.

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Martha Jane Canary

Charles H. Utter






1838 – 1912 (est.)

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 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 reportedly 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.


Johnny Perrett

Potato Creek ,, Johnny 1866 – 1943


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 to be the largest gold nugget 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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Calamity ,, Jane 1852 – 1903


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 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. 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.

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Miles to Deadwood

Belle Fourche, SD......................28 Cody, WY...................................421 Crazy Horse Mountain........... 57 Custer State Park...................... 65 Denver, CO...............................395 Devils Tower, WY.....................90 Edgemont, SD..........................112 Harney Peak............................... 60 Hill City, SD................................ 45 Hot Springs, SD......................... 95 Keystone, SD.............................. 55 Mt. Coolidge..............................76 Mt. Rushmore........................... 60 Newcastle, WY.......................... 68

Orman Dam............................... 30 Pierre, SD..................................220 Rapid City, SD...........................42 Rapid City Regional Airport.........................................52 Sheridan, WY...........................211 Sioux Falls, SD.........................395 Spearfish, SD.............................15 Spearfish Canyon..................... 16 Ivan Lake.....................................62 Wall Drug....................................96 West Gate Yellowstone.........557 Wind Cave...................................83 Terry Peak Ski Resorts............. 8

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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 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 v Hickok’s Hotel & Casino 685 Main St., Deadwood, 605-578-2222 v 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 v 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 at First Gold 250 Main St., Deadwood, 605-717-7181 TRU by Hilton at Cadillac Jacks 372 Main St., Deadwood, 605-571-1001 v Whistler Gulch Campground 235 Cliff St., Deadwood, 800-704-7139

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Baja Grill Deadwood Dick’s, 51 Sherman, St., Deadwood, 605-578-3224, 888-882-4990 Buffalo Bodega Saloon & Steakhouse 658 Main St., Deadwood, 605-578-1300 Bully’s Restaurant Bullock Hotel, 649 Main St., Deadwood, 605-578-1745, 800-336-1876 v Chip Shot Golf & BBQ 306 Cliff St., Deadwood, 605-321-2613 v Creekside Restaurant Deadwood Gulch Resort, 304 Cliff St./Hwy. 85 S., Deadwood, 605-578-1294, 800-695-1876 v Deadwood Grille Lodge at Deadwood, 100 Pine Crest Lane, Deadwood, 605-571-2120, 877-393-5634 Deadwood Social Club Old Style Saloon No. 10, 657 Main St., Deadwood, 605-578-1533 Deadwood Station 68 Main St., Deadwood, 605-578-3476 Eagle Bar & Steakhouse 608 Main St., Deadwood, 605-578-1394 Earl of Sandwich Cadillac Jacks, 372 Main St., Deadwood, 605-571-1261 v Fireside Lounge Deadwood Gulch Resort, 304 Cliff St./Hwy. 85 S., Deadwood, 605-578-1294, 800-695-1876 FLYT Steakhouse Cadillac Jacks, 372 Main St., Deadwood, 605-571-1263 v Gem Steakhouse & Saloon Mineral Palace, 601 Main St., Deadwood, 605-578-2036, 800-847-2522 Gold Country Inn Gambling Hall & Cafe 801 Main St., Deadwood, 605-578-2393, 800-287-1251 v The Gold Nugget Buffet First Gold, 270 Main St., Deadwood, 605-578-9777, 800-274-1876 Guadalajara’s Mexican Restaurant Cadillac Jacks, 372 Main St., Deadwood, 605-431-3965 Hickok House Restaurant 137 Charles St., Deadwood, 605-578-1611 v Hickok’s Pizza 685 Main St., Deadwood, 605-717-6830 His & Hers Ale House & Wine Bar 696 Main St., Deadwood, 605-578-9975 v Latchstring Inn Spearfish Canyon Lodge, 10619 Roughlock Falls Rd., Lead, 605-584-3435, 877-975-6343 Lee Street Station Café 9 Lee St., Deadwood, 605-578-1952 v Legends Steakhouse Silverado-Franklin Hotel, 709 Main St., Deadwood, 605-578-3670, 800-584-7005 Made Market Cadillac Jacks, 372 Main St., Deadwood Main Street Espresso/Big Dipper 652 Main St., Deadwood , 605-717-3354 Marco’s Pizza Cadillac Jacks, 372 Main St., Deadwood, 605-571-1260 Maverick’s Steakhouse & Cocktails Gold Dust, 688 Main St., Deadwood, 605-578-2100, 800-456-0533 v Mustang Sally’s Sports Bar & Grill 634 Main St., Deadwood, 605-578-2025 The Nugget Saloon 604 Main St., Deadwood, 605-578-1422 v Oggie’s Sports Bar Lodge at Deadwood, 100 Pine Crest Ln., Deadwood, 605-571-2120, 877-393-5634 v The Ore Cart Coffee & Deli Deadwood Mountain Grand, 1906 Deadwood Mountain Dr., Deadwood, 605-559-0386, 877-907-4726 v Oyster Bay Restaurant 628 Main St., Deadwood, 605-578-2205 v Santana’s Sports Bar & Grill Deadwood Mountain Grand, 1906 Deadwood Mountain Dr., Deadwood, 605-559-0386, 877-907-4726 v Silverado Franklin: Grand Buffet 709 Main St., Deadwood, 605-578-3670, 800-584-7005 v Six String, Casual Dining Deadwood Mountain Grand, 1906 Deadwood Mountain Dr., Deadwood, 605-559-0386, 877-907-4726 v Stage Stop Cafe, Cheyenne Crossing, 21415 US Hwy 14A, Lead, 584-3510 Starbucks Tin Lizzie, 555 Main St., Deadwood, 605-578-1715 Super 8 Pizzeria 196 Cliff St, Deadwood, 605-578-3235 T-Grille Restaurant Tin Lizzie, 555 Main St., Deadwood, 605-578-1715, 800-643-4490 Taco Johns 86 Charles St., Deadwood, 605-578-3975 v Trailshead Lodge 22075 US Hwy. 85, Lead, 605-584-3464

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