Posted by: RasmaSandra | October 4, 2020

Amazing Deadwood

In our armchair travels around the U.S. we’ve arrived in South Dakota. This is a sparsely populated Midwestern state. it is home to the Black Hills National Forest and to two historical monuments.

Our first stop is the city of Deadwood which is known for its gold rush history. The city is located on the northern edge of the Black Hills National Forest and is surrounded by some astounding scenery.

Visitors to Deadwood can walk along Historic Main Street right along the steps of Calamity Jane and “Wild Bill” Hickok. The city still has that Old West charm with historic storefronts. All summer long professional actors recreate significant moments in the history of Deadwood. There are exciting Main Street shootouts. You can check out the shops and restaurants,

The George S. Mickelson Trail stretches along for over 100 miles north and south through western South Dakota, It is enjoyed by hikers, bikers, and horseback riders. Formerly it was the Burlington Northern Railroad line.

The trail crosses bridges, passes through rock tunnels, and through some wonderful scenic areas. You can rent a bike to ride along the trail.

The Adams Museum and Historic Adams House provide a look into the territorial beginnings of Deadwood and its Wild West origins.

There are many artifacts and information about such notorious characters as Calamity Jane and “Wild Bill” Hickok. At the museum you can learn about the days of the Black Hills Gold Rush, Visitors can get a guided tour of the property.

The Broken Boot Gold Mine was an authentic operating gold mine from 1876 to 1904. Today it is a fun tourist attraction. Visitors get to go underground to explore Deadwood’s historic gold rush past. Tours are available.

Each visitor gets a souvenir stock certificate from the mine, Special tours are offered like the Candlelight Experience and the Miner’s Morning Experience.

Day of 76 Museum is a cultural celebration of the area, There are many artifacts to see and exhibits to explore. The Days of ’76 Parade takes place every year along with the nationally recognized Days of ’76 Rodeo all taking place in July.

Mount Moriah Cemetery sits high above the city deep in the Black Hills. It is the final resting place for some of Deadwood’s most popular characters

like “Wild Bill” Hickok,

Calamity Jane, Preacher Smith and others. The cemetery has great views of the surrounding Black Hills landscapes.

Tatanka: Story of the Bison at the north end of Deadwood is a larger-than-life exhibit. It pays tribute to the millions of bison that once roamed the Great Plains, It also commemorates the native cultures that lives alongside the bison. It was all founded and is operated by Hollywood actor Kevin Costner. There are bronze sculptures that depict herds of bison being pursued by Native Indians on horseback.

There are also exciting interactive exhibits at the Northern Plains Peoples Educational Interpretive Center.

The Mount Theodore Roosevelt Monument also known as the Friendship Towers is located about three miles north of downtown Deadwood, The Black Hills Scenery is amazing on the hike to the 80-foot tower that was commissioned by the city’s first mayor Seth Bullock to commemorate the 26th President of the U.S. Theodore Roosevelt.a

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  1. This looks like the small town America that shows always seem to talk about but never properly depict. It actually reminds me a lot of a small town up here in Canada with a gold mine as well.

    • I am glad you enjoyed the tour. It is not a typical small town in the US but it is interesting because of the tourist attractions it offers. That is interesting I did not know there were still gold mines in Canada.

  2. Great post

    • Thank you very much and glad you enjoyed the tour,

  3. Been there done that. My son and I went there on one of our vacations. Loved the cemetery. We had a great time looking at tombstones.

    • Glad you enjoyed the tour and how wonderful that you got a chance to see Deadwood. I enjoy walking through cemeteries with history and amazing statues and monuments. I mean, after all, it is not exactly a place people would seek out by name alone so I am glad to have a chance to let everyone know that it is worth the trip.

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