Deadwood Travel Guide

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Deadwood Highlights

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     Beautiful town, steeped in history, great atmosphere! 

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     This is a re-creation of the bar according to town literature 

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     A detailed throwback to the frontier days 

Deadwood Things to Do

  • Midnight Star

    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...

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  • Don't forget to visit his resting place

    Wild Bill was buried in Mt Moriah Cemetery just blocks from where he was shot in 1876. Calamity Jane was buried at her request not far from his side a quarter-century later.

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  • Kevin Costner's Original Deadwood Tour

    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...

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  • Historic Spots

    Mt Moriah CemetaryIt 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...

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  • Visit Calamity Jane and Wild Bill at the...

    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.

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  • Nelson's Garage Car & Motorcycle Museum

    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...

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Deadwood Restaurants

  • A Sports Bar and Grill

    Diamond Lil's is another restaurant located in the Midnight Star. We had a very good, reasonably priced lunch here. I ordered a Chicken Chimichonga, which was the special of the day, and it was quite good. This is a sports bar and grill, tastefully decorated, with various TVs spaced throughout the bar and restaurant. This is a good place to order a...

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  • A Chinese Restaurant

    This restaurant was recommended to us if we liked Chinese food. We found this to be an average quality Chinese Restaurant with reasonable prices. If you are going to be in town for a number of days and would like an inexpensive meal you might try this. However, this would not be my first choice, as I have had better Chinese food. My neighbors in...

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  • Fine Dining

    Located in the Midnight Star, and owned by actor Kevin Costner, you will find decorations that include costumes in glass cases as well as posters and photos from many of his movies. This is the fine dining experience within the Midnight Star. Two locals who consider it one of the best restaurants in the Deadwood area had recommended this restaurant...

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Deadwood Nightlife

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    This could be a night life recommendation or a day time recommendation. I would suggest that you enjoy learning about the history of Deadwood during the day, and save the Casinos for your evenings. On November 1, 1989, limited stakes gaming came back to Deadwood. There are over 80 casinos through out town, including many located in hotels and motels. You can gamble at inexpensive machines, or at tables with stakes limited to $100. Just a few of those found along Main Street are Midnight Star, Miss Kitty's Casino, Bourbon Street Casino, Cadillac Jack's Gaming Resort, Gold Dust Gaming, and Silverado Gaming. Just walk the streets, and poke you head into the various establishments and choose one or more you would like to hang out in. You will find such things as slot and other machines, live blackjack, poker, and other table games. Some of these, such as Miss Kitty's and the Midnight Star also offer restaurants within the establishment. The photos are of Miss Kitty's located at 649 Main Street.

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Deadwood Transportation

  • Deadwood Trolley

    A bus, designed to look like an old fashioned trolley runs year round. This trolley runs between the hotels, motels, three of the nearby campgrounds, and the key tourist attractions through out Deadwood. When we were there the cost was only 50 cents per person. The trolley runs to midnight in the winter and 1:30 A.M. Sunday through Thursday...

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  • It is a bit off teh beaten...

    It is a bit off teh beaten path, but a nice senic drive!Most motels/hotels in Lead have Shuttle bus service to and from Deadwood. Use it!! We've had super drivers each time and it's so nice to not have to try and find a parking place :o). You can also use the Trolley shuttle. It cost 50 cents per person, but is a nice drive around Deadwood and it...

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Deadwood Local Customs

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    by WILDEFLOWER Written Sep 7, 2002

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    Be careful just like anywhere you travel. Don't carry a lot of money with you. Just enought to gamble on eh! eh!

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Deadwood Warnings and Dangers

  • Entering casinos with a drink in hand.

    I traveled to the Black Hills in May of 1991. I entered Deadwood from the north and stopped at the first casino on the right. Not knowing how fast the cocktail service might be, I brought an unopened beer in with me(a can of Coors, btw). I sat down at a machine to start playing. Immediately I was accosted by a female employee "Where did you get...

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  • Watch Your Colors

    Between here and Devil's Tower, many establishments won't permit biker emblems or colors within their premises. Be aware that excessive leather, bandannas and other motorcycle motifs may prevent you from entering a place of your choice.

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Deadwood Tourist Traps

  • Boothill Tours

    I showed up and paid for this tour around 1:30pm. This was to get on the 3pm tour. We missed being able to see things to be on this tour. Only to show up and find out that they had sold 40 tickets to get on a bus that only holds 23 people. Now over booking by 2 or 3 is one thing. But by 17? They only took cash. I did get a refund. Don't count on...

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  • Number 10 Saloon

    Hmmmm, look at this sign. This bar claims IT is the location where Wild Bill Hickock was shot. Did you think it was the Number 10 Saloon? Well, it was, but when the Number 10 Saloon burned down, it was rebuilt at a new location. This bar now sits on the site of the original Number 10 Saloon where Wild Bill was actually killed. I hope I have not...

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  • You don't need a guide. You...

    You don't need a guide. You can walk the town your self. Everything is walking distance. There's enough brochures to give you the history etc.. on the town. Visit the visitors center at the train station for town info.

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Deadwood What to Pack

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    Where good walking shoes. Dress in layers. Gets cool in the evenings. [ View My Guestbook ][ Sign My Guestbook ]

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    We use our regular suitcases with wheels. And our boys use thier duffel bags. Clothes can be pretty casual. There are some nice reseraunts, so something a little more dressy might be handy, but not super fancy.Shoes, I would suggest some comfy walking shoes. Deadwood's main street is no parking, so you'll be walking to the casinos. For the mine...

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Deadwood Off The Beaten Path

  • Homestake Gold Mine Visitor Center

    The Homestake Visitor Center is located at 160 West Main Street in the nearby town of Lead, South Dakota and is open Monday through Saturday. This is a good place to learn about the history of gold mining in the area. The Black Hills was the location of the last great gold rush in the continental United States. The wealthy George Hearst purchased...

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  • Sorcerer's Apprentice

    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...

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Deadwood Sports & Outdoors

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    by KimberlyAnn Written Feb 6, 2006

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    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.

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Deadwood Favorites

  • For Informtion

    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...

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  • Trees, Trees, & More Trees

    This is on the road between Sturgis & Deadwood. It is part of the Black Hills National Forest. This is a very windy road.

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  • Nature Lives

    In 2002 Deadwood was evacuated because of a forest fire that burned many thousands of acres. They stopped the fire before it got to the town but it was touch and go. Now the trees are coming back. In five years it will be almost impossible to find where the fire was.In the front of the picture is a go kart track and mini golf course.

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