One of your first stops should be at the Deadwood History and Information Center, located in the old train station on Main Street. Here you can view a film about the area, look at a few displays, and get information on activities from both the staff and the many free pamphlets you can pick up. One of the most valuable items I picked up here was a pamphlet that guided us on a historic walking tour of the town.
For further information on Deadwood visit these web sites:
www.cityofdeadwood.com Eating at Jakes and exploring the history of Deadwood made this an enjoyable trip.
The George S. Mickelson Trail
The George Mickelson Trail runs through the heart of the Black Hills for 109 miles, and may be accessed in Deadwood. The trail follows the historic Deadwood to Edgemont Burlington Northern Railroad. The trail, mostly made of crushed limestone and gravel has replaced the rail tracks. With its gentle slopes and easy access people can enjoy the beauty of the Black Hills through a variety of activities on the trail. You may see views of prairies, granite mountains, forests, and beautiful valley bottoms. Milepost markers and interpretive signs will mark your passage. In some locations along the trail there are drinking fountains, toilets, shelters, and picnic tables. The trail upkeep is supported by user fees, which are very inexpensive and are required, except for the sections of the trails running through towns. Purchase the passes at self-registration sites located along the trail, as well as some business in some of the towns the trail passes through. In Deadwood you can purchase passes and pick up information about the trail at Deadwood Bikes and the Penny Motel. In Lead you can buy passes at Mile High Sports. Currently the fee is $2.00 for a day pass, and $10 for an annual pass. You may use the trail for the follow activities: bicycling (thin tired bikes not recommended), hiking, cross-country skiing, snow shoeing, horseback riding if the trail is dry, and snowmobiling from Deadwood to Dumont only. The trail is also a good place for bird watching, or fly fishing in the creeks that run along the trail. The Black Hills Trail Office is located at 11361 Nevada Gulch Road, Lead, South Dakota 57754. Lead is Deadwood’s neighboring town.
This is a narrated open air bus tour that will tell you about such things as the 1876 Gold Rush, about historic buildings on Main Street, the early role of Chinese in Deadwood, the killing of Wild Bill and the trial of Jack McCall who killed him, and explain why gambling was once again legalized in Deadwood. The tour will take you to Boot Hill, the historic Mt. Moriah Cemetary, where you will see the graves of Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane. Be aware that if you wish to visit additional graves, you will have to come back on your own. From the cemetery you will have a high view of Deadwood and the surrounding hills (see photo 2). The tour runs about one hour, leaving from a small bodega set up on 662 Main Street where you also purchase your tickets. Tours run daily, June through October. Times vary, so check the bodega to see when the tours will run.
Bad boy town of the west
"This town made it's name on a murder"
It was the murder of Wild Bill Hickok. In the #10 Saloon. The door handles are pistols. Sadly it is closed right now and there is a new one across the street. In the new one they do a re-enactment of the death of Wild Bill everyday on the odd hours. Yes this is where the dead man's hand comes from. Black aces and black 8's. The 5th card is debatable.
Um, yes it is legal. It is all over! This is the bad boy town! Up until 1980 their was a brothel openly running in the town. The IRS shut it down, not the locals.
Deadwood is a small city 15 miles to the west of Sturgis in South Dakota. There used to be 53 saloons and 33 brothels here at the end of the XIXth century. The city attracted gamblers, gold diggers, soldiers and loose women. Nowadays, when you walk through Deadwood, you can almost hear their ghosts whispering to your ear....
Deadwood is the place where Wild Bill Hickok, the legendary us marshall, was shot down while playing poker. He was buried in Mount Moriah cemetery, next to Calamity Jane's grave. The cemetery is a nice place on top of a hill from where you can take pictures of the city.