Deadwood, South Dakota Has Been Entertaining Since 1876

History. It's what you'll find when you walk in the footsteps of Wild West legends, visit graveyards, and watch re-enactments. Try your luck in gaming halls.
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Downtown Deadwood, South Dakota. Courtesy photo

Downtown Deadwood, South Dakota. Courtesy photo

Making History: Since 1876, Deadwood has been entertaining travelers.

Roulette. It’s a game of chance. It’s also one of the many games you’ll find in historic Deadwood—a Wild West town famous for taking chances. In 1876, fortune seekers took their chance when they came looking for gold and settled in the rough and tumble camp of Deadwood. For many, just walking down the street was taking a chance.

Today, visitors to this national historic landmark will find plenty of the Wild West without any of the danger. Walk the cobblestone-lined Main Street where you’ll meet Old West re-enactors who bring history to life. Visit Mount Moriah Cemetery to learn how western legends met their end. The cemetery is the final resting place of Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane and Seth Bullock. Born in Missouri in 1852, Calamity Jane was known for her sharp-shooting, fondness for wearing men's clothes and love of drinking. In 1901, she even appeared in Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show that performed at the Pan-american Exposition. She insisted that she took part in campaigns against Native Americans, but her stories were not always corroborated. Discover all of Deadwood’s stories and legends in one of three world-class museums.

Modern Deadwood's Main Street bustles with restaurants, shops and casinos—limited gaming is legal here. Free annual events, like Wild Bill Days, Kool Deadwood Nites, and many more add to the excitement. If you’re looking to get outside, don’t miss the 110-mile Mickelson bike trail for Black Hills mountain biking, or enjoy winter recreation on 300-plus miles of groomed snowmobile trails near town.

In Lead, you can learn about hard-rock mining at the Black Hills Mining Museum and watch live performances at the Historic Homestake Opera House.

Outdoor concert in Deadwood, S.D. Courtesy photo

Outdoor concert in Deadwood, S.D. Courtesy photo

Homestake Gold Mine

Lead’s venerable Homestake Gold Mine operated for 120 years. Until it closed in 2002 it was the largest and deepest gold mine in North America. Today it houses the Sanford Deep Underground Science and Engineering Laboratory (DUSEL). Take a tour of the above ground operation and stand on the viewing platform overlooking the deep open pit mine. Hear stories about the miners as you ride from the visitor center to the mine. An exhibit at the visitor center showcases the particle physics research they do. 605-584-3110;

For More Information:
Deadwood Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau
(605) 578-1876
767 Main Street, Deadwood, South Dakota 57732