A must see in Deadwood is the...
A must see in Deadwood is the reinactment of the shooting of Wild Bill and the trial of Jack McCall in this small and realistic theater. They even pick members of the audience for the jury,(making fun of men in shorts, etc. as they do). I have seen it about a dozen times or so over the years, and the actors may change but the quality doesn't. The cemetary in Deadwood is called Boot Hill and is full of history. Just spend and hour or less taking the tour and you will love it!!
About 17 miles southwest of Mount Rushmore and a few miles north of Custer SD on US-16 is the still incomplete memorial to Crazy Horse, which was begun by Boston-born Korczak Ziolkowski about the time Rushmore was finished. Ziolkowski was on the staff of Rushmore sculptor Gutzon Borglum, but unlike his better-known fellow artist, Ziolkowski nearly killed himself trying to do the majority of the work, which has removed over a million tons of rock but has only yielded the Sioux chief's face and vague outline. Crazy Horse's mount is still an odd outline in the granite of this Black Hills mountaintop, Thunderhead Mountain. This is still a work in progress, and if completed, it will be a full-figured memorial compared to which Mount Rushmore is only a quartet of granite busts.
Mt. Moriah Cemetery
If you do not wish to take a bus tour to the cemetery, or you would like to see more of it pick up a guide for a walking tour of the Mt. Moriah Cemetery at the visitors center. Many of the famous early people of Deadwood have been buried here. Some of the well known people buried here are James Butler Wild Bill Hickok, John Perrett known as Potato Creek Johnny, Preacher Henry Weston Smith, Martha Canary known as Calamity Jane, Seth Bullock, W.E. Adams, and others. The walking tour paper contains a map and will tell you where the historical graves are located, and supply short histories on some of the most famous people and areas of the cemetery.
Dead in Deadwood
The entire city of Deadwood is a national historic landmark. In Deadwood you can ponder the truth at the foot of Wild Bill's grave in Mount Moriah cemetery, tour the Adams House, pan for gold in the Broken Boot Mine, choose from various guided tours, or take a self-guided walking tour into the past that puts the Wild West into perspective.
Deadwood is the gateway to over 300 miles of snowmobile trails. The prestigious Mickelson Bike Trail begins its 110-mile spin through the Black Hills right out Deadwood. Hiking, touring, fishing, golf - if it's outside, it starts in Deadwood.
Deadwood -Gambling & History
Deadwood South Dakota in the 1980's wanted to become a tourist mecca so they brought in gambling. They wanted to really draw people so they asked for a $100 bet top limit instead of a $5 limit like every where else. This had to be voted on by the people of South Dakota. They did approve it but a large percentage of the profit goes to the South Dakota Department of Tourism. The state took away their state funding and told them that they had to work with the only the gambling money. Now they get more money than they ever did with state funding. So now Deadwood has returned to its orgin when it was a base for gold miners.