"Step Back Into History in Deadwood, South Dakota" Top 5 Page for this destination Deadwood by KimberlyAnn

Deadwood Travel Guide: 77 reviews and 137 photos

Deadwood is a small town that is filled with historical buildings and reminders from the town's early gold-rush boom years. Established in 1876 during the Black Hills gold rush, the town's early days were violent and lawless, filled with prostitutes, gunfighters, and gamblers along with those trying to find the big claim that would make them wealthy. Famous American people from the early west such as Wild Bill Hickock, Calamity Jane, Wyatt Earp, and Dock Hilliday spent time in Deadwood. In 1964 Deadwood became the only city in the United States to be named a National Historic Landmark. In the last weekend in July, the town celebrates its history during the Days of 1876 with a 3-mile long parade of historic wagons and buggies, street dances and a PRCA rodeo. At one time it was this rich history that brought visitors to this town. Today, however, many people come for its gambling. In 1947 gambling had been officially closed in Deadwood, but in1989 legalized limited-stakes gambling returned to Deadwood for the purpose of bringing more tourism to the town, as well as creating funds to preserve its historic buildings.


We came to Deadwood for its history, and filled three days visiting museums and touring historic sites on foot and by bus. Even if you come for the gambling, if you are interested in history at all, try to plan some time to explore the interesting history of Deadwood.


Many of the historic building along main street have been preserved on the outside, but contain casinos inside. Gambling has become so popular in Deadwood that many of the hotels in the area now offer their own casino, so you will find a large number of establishments to choose from

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Located in a pretty, historical setting, you will find a number of interesting activities.
  • Cons:If you love shopping, Deadwood is not a town centered on quaint shops. In the off-season, historical skits are not performed.
  • In a nutshell:Enjoy Deadwood for its fascinating history, or for its gaming casinos, or combine the two.
  • Last visit to Deadwood: Sep 2006
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Jul 11, 2009 at 9:56 PM

    We took the Kevin Costner Bus Tour. It was awesome! The bus driver was excellent!The price was reasonable. We had limited time, so it was perfect for our needs. Learned the history and saw the highlights..plus laughed! Best tour guide ever!

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    Jun 29, 2009 at 8:10 AM

    Great page! I'd love to visit Deadwood some day!

  • Jun 19, 2009 at 1:32 PM

    Thanks Anne, for answering my question in the forum. I read your tips and they are great. Can't wait to visit this town next year...

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    Jun 12, 2009 at 7:03 AM

    nice tips. we will be in Deadwood next weekend and then down to Hill City.

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    Dec 10, 2007 at 3:45 PM

    Yes, another comment. Deadwood is one of those historic places in the US I still want to visit. Others include Vicksburg, San Antonio and Hannibal, MO, birthplace of Sam Clemens (aka mark Twain).

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    Sep 5, 2007 at 6:00 AM

    Great page :) We passed close to Deadwood last year en route to Mt Rushmore but didn't stop. I hadn't realised there was so much history here! Oh well, another time ...

  • MichaelFalk1969's Profile Photo
    Jun 25, 2007 at 3:07 AM

    Since I am a big fan of the HBO series "Deadwood", I hope that I can make a stopover there on my first USA- trip - probably next year. Interesting and thoroughly researched page, thank you.

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    Jan 29, 2007 at 2:03 AM

    Now that is disappointing Anne. We are going there this summer after Yellowstone and I wanted to see where Hickock was shot. darn. good pages, nice photos as you always have. oh yes, happy birthdy again.

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    Jan 22, 2007 at 4:04 AM

    I always wanted to visit Deadwood. Now, thanks to your info, I want to go even more. Thanks! and Happy Birthday!

  • gilabrand's Profile Photo
    Oct 8, 2006 at 12:46 PM

    Deadwood. What a name...So you also take pictures of your husband in every restaurant you go into...LOL


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