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This is a breathtaking collection of pioneer and Native American artifacts, archives and firearms, along with the largest collection of horse-drawn vehicles in the state. The 32,000-square-foot facility is located beside the rodeo grounds at the north end of town. Simply magnificent! The name comes from the founding of the town and the gold rush of 1876. Deadwood – the entire city – is a National Historic Landmark.
18 Seventy Six Drive
Adults $6.00, Children 7-13 $3.00, Children 6 & under free (Spring 2016). Combo pass is available for Adams House and Days of ‘76 Museum $12.00
The Adams House and Museum, and HARCC
Founded in 1930, the museum has three floors of exhibits and a renowned Western bookstore. Its goal is to preserve and share the history of the Black Hills. The home of the museum’s founder, W.E. Adams, is also open to the public. Built in 1892, it is a wonderful Queen Anne with a round tower, oak woodwork and stained glass windows. According to DeadwoodHistory.com, the home “sat silent for almost 60 years after W.E. Adams’ death in 1934, when his second wife Mary Adams closed the doors. Mrs. Adams left everything intact from the sheet music in the piano bench, the books in the library, the china in the pantry, to the patent medicines in the bathroom, the gilded settee in the parlor and even the cookies in a cookie jar.”
Visitors, especially those with an interest in Black Hills history including gold mining, might also want to check out another Deadwood History resource. The Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center (HARCC) at 150 Sherman Street is invaluable to researchers, and casual visitors can also “browse through tens of thousands of historic photographs, view rare and unique historic documents, attend a lecture, or take part in a workshop”.
The house is located at 22 Van Buren Street. Adults $8.00, Children 7-13 $4.00, Children 6 & under free. The Museum is at 54 Sherman Street. Suggested donation: $5 for adults, $2 for children (2016).
The Mt. Moriah Cemetery Visitor Center offers a fifteen-minute interpretative video plus interactive resources that focus on “cemetery history, native and introduced plant species, cemetery symbolism and death statistics within Deadwood from 1875 to 1900.” The main attractions are the graves of Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane, but this is also “the final resting place of western legends, murderers, madams, and pillars of Deadwood’s early economic development”. Seth Bullock, a friend of Teddy Roosevelt and the first sheriff of Deadwood, is buried above Mount Mariah on the steep trail to White Rocks, with a view across the gulch to the tower on Mount Roosevelt. Potato Creek Johnny, who found a huge gold nugget in the creek in 1929, also rests in the cemetery. Note that it is a challenging uphill hike from downtown, and anyone with health issues should drive.
Hwy 85, east on Cemetery Street, left on Lincoln.
Enjoy an underground tour of an authentic, century-old gold mine. See where miners revealed ore veins with black powder and candlelight.
767 Main Street
Located at the Comfort Inn and Suites, this is an 18-hole course with an arcade on site. Family fun. Seasonal.
225 Cliff Street
Kids or adults can fish for trout without a license. The staff will clean the fish, and they can be taken home or fried on site as part of a full meal. Seasonal.
21390 US Hwy 385
This is a nightly entertainment surrounding the trial of the man who shot Wild Bill Hickok. His capture occurs at 7:30 PM in front of the Saloon #10 on Main Street. The trial is then held at 8:00 PM at the Masonic Building. Note: The actual murder took place at 622 Main Street, the location of the original Nuttal & Mann’s saloon.
715 Main Street
Model train displays
622 Main Street
Deadwood Stage Coach Tours, LLC
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In 1931, James “Deacon” Porter, a member of the exclusive Double Key Treasure Hunt Society, hid a treasure and put together some information so that someday it could be found. Explore Deadwood’s historical sites as you solve the clues. Designed for adults, teens and children, with written clues and a hidden treasure. For groups of 2 to 8 people.
Watch glass being blown. Toni Gerlach demonstrates her art for spectators. Classes, and one-of-a-kind gifts, also make this studio, deli, and coffee shop well worth a visit.
73 Sherman Street
624 Main Street
This is a twenty-minute tour of an underground tunnel complex that was used by some 500 Chinese Americans in the late 1800s. It was a conduit to deliver goods and laundry services. There was actually an ordinance that said Chinese people were not allowed on Main Street after dark!
Under the Gold Nugget Trading Post
673 1/2 Main Street
Saloon #10 (133)
Packed full of historic Deadwood memorabilia – see the chair where Wild Bill was shot will playing poker, or the wall of famous and infamous Deadwood residents. This is not the actual location of the murder, which happened at the old Nuttal and Mann’s Saloon at 624 Lower Main Street. But it is definitely worth a visit.
657 Main Street
This is a hands-on Interpretive Center featuring a Lakota encampment and what founder Kevin Costner described as “a centerpiece for two cultures, one whose very lives depended on the buffalo, and one who saw it as a means to an end.”
100 Tatanka Drive
This is a fairly long (about ½ mile) uphill hike, not great for people with health issues. From the Friendship Tower on top, one can see Bear Butte, Terry Peak, Harney Peak and even the Bear Lodge Mountains in Wyoming. Below are the cities of Lead and Deadwood. The tower is actually a monument proposed by Seth Bullock to honor his friend, Teddy Roosevelt. The summit is at 5,690 feet. Go north out of town on 85 toward Spearfish, and at the top of the hill go left and then right on Mount Roosevelt Road at the Lodge at Deadwood, watching for the signs.
Bicycle rentals for the whole family can be used to explore the town or travel the Michelson Trail that’s built on an old railway bed (nice and flat!).
73 Sherman Street
Snowmobile and ATV rentals located at the Mystic Hills campground.
21766 Custer Peak Road
Snowmobile and ATV rentals.
21443 US Hwy 385
The rec center (click on Departments on the city website) is open to the public, and day rates are very reasonable – the family fee was just $7 in early 2016. The facility has a water slide, zero entry pool, lap pool, indoor tracks, racquetball and squash court, cardio and weight rooms, saunas, a basketball court and even a function/party room for rent.
105 Sherman Street
One hour narrated open-air bus tour of Deadwood’s rich history. Rates were adults $10, children $5, seniors $9 in early 2016.
3 Siever Street
Designed by renowned golf course architect Lawrence Hughes in the late 1930s, this is a beautiful, challenging, nine-hole, par 36 course in the Black Hills National Forest. Check online or call for tee times. Daily Green Fees (2016) are 9 holes, $25 and 18 holes $36. Bar, grill, pro shop.
South 7 miles on Hwy 385
Air-conditioned bus tours of downtown Deadwood and Mount Mariah Cemetery. Rates were adults $10, children $5, seniors $9 in early 2016.
657 Main Street
Whitewood Creek and City Parks
A chain of small parks in the middle of town along Whitewood Creek, they offer picnic facilities, fishing, and biking and walking paths. Very picturesque. There are four city parks in Deadwood – the new Martha E. Bullock Park on Charles Street, which was completed in 2015; the Richard Gordon Memorial Park at 168-234 Sherman Street (Cemetery Street); the Methodist Memorial Park at the corner of Shine and Williams Streets (it mimics “the layout of the original church that stood here, with benches laid out like pews and a giant brick and steel steeple designed to match the original church bell tower”); and Gateway Monument Park. Also, a portion of the Mickelson Trail meanders through the city. For more information, visit the Deadwood Visitor Center in the old train depot.
Located in the old Railway Depot, this is the best place to start exploring Deadwood. You can usually park in front of the building ($0.25 for 30 minutes), and there are clean bathrooms. The staff and the literature (especially maps such as the self-guided walking tour) are very informative.
767 Main Street
At 5,250 feet (just 30 feet shy of being a mile high), this vantage point is a short but tough hike beginning in Mount Mariah Cemetery. Follow the signs to the grave of Seth Bullock and then take the service road for the phone tower and the trail to the top. The view from up there includes Terry Peak, Mount Roosevelt and even Bear Butte in the distance, with the city of Deadwood below.
The Days of ‘76, which also includes parades on Deadwood’s historic Main Street, has been a staple each summer in Deadwood for just about a hundred years. Usually around the last weekend in July, the magnificent log rodeo arena hosts award-winning competitions in bareback and saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, roping, barrel racing and bull riding. Even when there’s no event scheduled, you can drive right to the arena and kick your toes in the dirt. Then walk across the parking lot to the museum and meet some prospectors, miners, muleskinners and madams…
50 Crescent Drive
The Deadwood trailhead/entrance to the Michelson trail is near the old railroad depot on Sherman Street in Deadwood. Trailink.com describes the trail this way: “Named in honor of the former South Dakota governor who crusaded for the trail before his death in a plane crash in 1993, the George S. Mickelson Trail runs through the heart of the Black Hills, connecting Deadwood with Edgemont 114 miles to the south. The trail incorporates nearly 100 converted railroad bridges and 4 tunnels, and much of it traverses national forest.”
If you’re in the Hills in mid-September, you can enjoy a two-day outdoor Reggae and Blues festival. Past acts included Alison Krauss, Blood Sweat and Tears, and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.
Since 1992, the trolleys have traveled two and a half million miles and carried four million passengers! They run at regular intervals between all the hotels, motels and other key stops throughout Deadwood, and the cost per ride is just $1 per person. In summer they start at 7 AM and run until 1:30 in the morning – and 3 AM on Friday and Saturday nights. Winter weekday hours are a little more restricted (until midnight). A trolley ride is a great way to see the historic old town.
This event in late August “brings car lovers together for four days full of classic cars, classic music and classic fun. It’s a ‘50s and ‘60s sock hop, Deadwood style. Enjoy parades, show and shines and FREE concerts on Main Street featuring the biggest names in rock ‘n roll history”. There’s also a classic car auction (605-348-1369), or call the Chamber (605) 578-1876.
In late October (Halloween weekend) the annual Monster Ball features a live band with dancing and prizes. Then the Costume Contest delivers more than $10,000 in cash and prizes for the best costumes on Saturday. Both of these events are FREE, so come in costume or just come to watch - it is quite the sight! Must be 21 to participate. Also take in some of the “spirited tours, offering a view of some of Deadwood’s darker stories told in the beautifully-restored Adams House Victorian mansion. These spooky Halloween tours are offered at 6:00, 7:00, 8:00 and 9:00pm throughout October.
Call (605) 578-3724 for tour reservations, or call the Chamber (605) 578-1876 for more info.
Go south on US Hwy 385 to Custer Crossing, about 12 miles from Deadwood. For off-road maps, click here.
22036 US Hwy 385
Conceived in 2002, the Black Hills Veteran March is a picturesque trek through the mountainous terrain of the beautiful Black Hills. This march/marathon pays tribute to the many sacrifices that this nation’s veterans have made in the past, and continue to make today. The 26.2-mile march takes place in the National Forest on the Mickelson Trail, and is held on a weekend at the end of September. Registration begins at $35 and closes when 1,000 marchers register. Participants receive a T-shirt, and finishers also get a commemorative coin. Sponsors are welcome!
An annual event held in early June, this is a point-to-point course, beginning in the hamlet of Rochford, and finishing at the historic Engine House at the Deadwood Trailhead. The host hotel, The Lodge at Deadwood, provides a bus to the start, and will host an expo. The event organizer, Wheeler Event Management, has partnered with the Black Hills Area Habitat for Humanity affiliate.
“Home to the Fassbender Photographic Collection. The collection may rank among the most significant photographic resources for historians of the American West. Potentially, many never before seen images of the early days of the South Dakota cities of Spearfish, Lead and Deadwood in addition to the entire Black Hills region are in the collection. The grand opening of Spearfish Canyon Road, presidential visits and a vast selection of early mining photos are among the many images that will have great interest to the general public.” [Curator: Richard Carlson]
150 Sherman St
Rides begin at the top of Bessie Gulch with horse assignment and some riding instruction. The trail works uphill through switchbacks to a scenic overlook and includes a history of the Homestake gold mine. The two-hour ride also includes some info about forestry management practices.
11432 Blacktail Bench Rd
Pay to fishpond, cabins, camping.
22485 US Highway 385
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