The Midnight Star has become one of the highlight locations in Deadwood. Located inside a restored, three story historic building it is owned by American movie star, Kevin Costner. When Costner first came to Deadwood the building was only two stories, but records showed that the building was a three story structure. When Costner saw some old photos he decided to renovate the entire building, including adding back the third floor. You will find the interior decorated with etched glass windows, hand-rubbed wood, and polished brass. Along the walls you will find many original costumes, movie photographs, and other objects from Kevin Costner's various movies. These displays occasionally change, so that what you see one time may be different on your next visit. When we were there some of the items that we saw were the baseball jacket Costner wore in the movie Bull Durham, the golf bag from Tin Cup, early American costumes worn during Dances With Wolves, as well as many other items and memorabilia. Within the Midnight Star you will find a gambling Casino with card games, slot machines, and other types of gambling machines. There is also bar and grill, a fine dining restaurant, and a small shop where you can find clothing and souvenirs to remind you of your visit to the Midnight Star.
This tour is about an hour long. It covers not just the main street, but takes you up to the grave yard where Wild Bill and Calamity Jane are buried. The tour guild know his history and is a local with much inside information. The puns are fun also. He is also really good with children - even children who are not happy. We had a little one who was very tired and crying. Instead of ignoring it he called to those in the tour to help with candy. He was never critical, but very understanding. We all had a good time.
Mt Moriah Cemetary
It is on a hill top to the side of Deadwood. You could walk there if you are in great shape as the walk is all up hill. We took the car and parked in the parking lot. It cost $1 to go in per adult. No dogs are allowed in the cemetary. Wild Bill Hickock, Calamity Jane and Seth Bullock are all buried there. There are lots of old graves. It is a beautiful cemetary, although not as cool as the New Orleans cemetaries. You can smell the pines and the lavender. There are plenty of miners and children buried there due to accidents in the mine and disease, which was very sad. Seth Bullock is buried at the very top along with his wife, apart from everyone else. It is a steep climb to get there. My husband ad I felt that we got a big workout after exploring it and it was fascinating from a historic perspective.
Mt. Moriah Cemetery is where you will find Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane............this is the first time I had to pay to get into a cemetery. They give you a map of the cemetery when you pay for the admission. It's a tree shaded place. Just up the hill there is an interesting Jewish section.
Nelson's Garage Car and Motorcycle Museum features automobiles from well-known movies and television shows. Included are James Bond's Aston Martin from “The Living Daylights,” the Ferrari driven on “Magnum, P.I.,” the Trans Am from the “Smokey and the Bandit” movies, Herbie from Disney's “The Love Bug,” Evel Knievel's stunt-jumping motorcycle, a jeep from the TV series “M.A.S.H.” and a pickup once driven by John Wayne. Costumes and props used in more than 80 Hollywood films also are on display. The exhibit is free; allow 30 minutes minimum.
The cemetery contains the graves of Calamity Jane, Potato Creek Johnny, Preacher Smith, Seth Bullock and Wild Bill Hickok. There was a Jewish section, the Chinese sections was exhumed & the bodies removed to China. At the end of the cemetery are wonderful views of Deadwood. There was a small gift shop & restrooms next to the cemetery.
$1.00 admission & map
Historic Adams House is at 22 Van Buren Ave. After local business leader W.E. Adams' death, his wife Mary closed up their 1892 Queen Anne-style Victorian mansion in 1936 and moved to California. Although she returned to visit, she never lived in the house again, and it remained virtually unchanged for the next 50 years. The restored home is now filled with original artifacts that reflect the upper-class lifestyle of turn-of-the-20th-century Deadwood and chronicle the city’s transition from a rough mining camp to a commercial center. Allow 1 hour minimum.
The Adams Museum & Home was built by former Deadwood mayor W.E. Adams in 1930. One of the Black Hills' earliest history museums, it has exhibits pertaining to pioneer life in Deadwood and the Black Hills. Our guide was informative, the gift shop contained many victorian items.
Admission: $5; $2 (ages 0-12)
Hours: Daily 9-5, May-Sept.; Tues.-Sat. 10-4, rest of year. Closed winter holidays
Kevin Costner's Tatanka. Discover a saga as compelling as any in American History. From its origins to its virtual extermination – and ultimate revival – the bison’s story is captured in this visionary new attraction in the Black Hills of South Dakota. An interpretive center includes exhibits depicting the importance of bison to the Lakota peoples. We learned about the tribe’s culture and how it has changed as a result of Euro-American influence. Large bronze sculptures depict a buffalo jump. Guided tours are available. Allow 30 minutes minimum.
Admission is $7. 50; $6.50 (ages 66+); $5.50 (ages 6-12)
Hours: Daily 9-5, mid-May through Sept. 30
Saloon Number 10 is probably the most famous bar in town. It is an old style saloon with live entertainment, a restaurant, and gambling. You will find hundreds of old historic photographs hanging on the walls through out the saloon. The name of this saloon became famous on August 2, 1876 when at 3:00 P.M. Wild Bill Hickok, a famous man of his time, came into the saloon and joined a poker game. Normally he would always sit in a chair with his back to the wall, but on his day he make a mistake, and sat in a chair with his back to the door. A drifter named Jack McCall came in, walked behind Bill, and fired his revolver, killing Wild Bill. Legend states that Bill had black aces and eights in his hand, and ever since this hand has become known as the Dead Man's Hand. The shooting of Wild Bill is re-enacted daily Memorial Day to mid-September at the saloon. Ever since this murder the Number 10 Saloon has been famous as the place where Wild Bill Hickok was killed. Be aware, however, this is NOT the building he was shot in, nor the location. Are you thoroughly confused? Well, Wild Bill WAS shot in the Number 10 Saloon, but at that time it was in a different location and was a different building. During a fire in 1879 that spread through the town, the original Saloon No. 10 burned down. After this fire the Number 10 was rebuilt in a different location down the street. Even so, the Number 10 still carries the claim of being the saloon Bill was shot in.
We picked up a pamphlet entitled the Historic Deadwood Walking Tour, A Trail to Deadwood's Past at the History and Information Center. Using this guide we spent a couple of hours just walking around town learning about the history of Deadwood. The pamphlet includes a map and description of the locations of numbered signs around town. With each numbered location the pamphlet gives you additional information about each historic place. The first photo I have attached to this tip is of the Homestake Gold Mine's Slime Plant. A Slime Plant is used to extract gold from the muddy crushed oar. As you follow the numbered signs around town watch for buildings that also post their own historical signs. Photo two shows you a building on Main Street that displays a sign telling you that their establishment is on the site where Jack McCall, who shot Wild Bill Hickock, was captured on Aug. 2, 1876.
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.
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.
Step back into history and visit this beautiful, historic home. This is a guided tour in which you will not only view this well restored house, but also hear the history of it. The Adams House, built in 1892, is an elegant Victorian mansion and the tour will allow you to hear of the triumphs and the tragedies of the families that resided in the home. Carefully restored the hand-painted canvas walls were cleaned, plaster friezes have been repaired, stained glass and tiles restored, textiles and upholstery replicated. The upstairs wallpaper was even replaced with replicas exactly as it was when Mary Adams had them hung in 1930.
This is an interesting history museum that contains artwork, photographs, and artifacts to acquaint you with the natural history and the pioneers days of the northern Black Hills. You will learn about the most famous early people, including Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane, Seth Bullock, Deadwood Dick, and Potato Creek Johnny. The Adams Museum is open daily May 1 through September 30, although it does not open until noon on Sunday. October 1 through April 30 it is open Tuesday through Saturday. There is no admission charge, but a $3 per adult, and $2 per child donation is suggested.
Deadwood's historic cemetery includes such notables as Wild Bill Hickok and Clamity Jane.
JAMES BUTLER "WILD BILL" HICKOK
He was a gambler and gunman, and a veteran of the border wars. He was an Indian Scout in 1858, a driver for the Majors and Russell (stagecoach company) in 1859, a guide and scout for the Union Army in 1861, and Chief of Scouts under General George Custer in 1865.
MARTHA "CALAMITY JANE" (CANNARY) BURK(E)
Born: reportedly May 1, 1852 in Princeton, Missouri
Died: August 1, 1903 in Terry, Lawrence Co., South Dakota
Buried: Mt. Moriah Cemetery, Lawrence Co., South Dakota
She claimed to have been married to Wild Bill Hickok at some time prior to Hickok's death in 1876, and that Hickok was the father of her child, born September 25, 1873, who was placed for adoption
Open year-round, small fee for entrance
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