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