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Historic Deadwood, South Dakota

Established in 1876, the Wild West town of Deadwood became popular when gold prospectors discovered a creek full of gold, creating a booming town that attracted gamblers, outlaws and gunslingers including the likes of Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane, among others. Once on the verge of becoming an Old West ghost town, Deadwood, SD is once again thriving as a National Historic Landmark, and business is booming once again. With modern casinos, restaurants, breweries and wineries to visit, outdoor recreation and activity tours, there's always something wild to do in Deadwood.


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  • Wild Bill Days every June
  • Annual Days of '76 festival in July
  • Sturgis Rally in early August


  • Ride the 1880 Steam Train
  • Visit the Days of '76 Museum
  • Horseback riding
  • ATV & off-roading trails
  • Haunted History & Ghost Tours
  • Day spas & shopping


  • Why is Deadwood, South Dakota famous?

    General Custer first lead an expedition to the Black Hills in 1874, kicking off the gold rush in the area and leading prospectors to found Deadwood, SD in April 1876. Wild west saloons, dance halls, brothels and gambling popped up all over Main Street in Deadwood, earning the nickname the “Bad Lands”. A band of outlaws arrived on a wagon train in July 1876, among the travelers are Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane, Madam Mustache, Dirty Em and Colorado Charlie Utter. Shortly after, Wild Bill was shot in the back while playing poker in a Deadwood saloon, and buried nearby. Disastrous fires and floods ravage the town, but mining fortunes help rebuild over the next couple of decades. In 1927, President Calvin Coolidge celebrated the Days of ’76 in Deadwood after dedicating nearby Mount Rushmore National Memorial, whose presidential carvings were finished in 1941.
  • What historic attractions and things to see are near Deadwood?

    In addition to touring the historic hotels, mansions and saloons on Deadwood’s historic Main Street, nearby are a number of tourist attractions and things to do, including visiting Mount Rushmore, Wind Cave National Park, Jewel Cave National Monument, the Badlands National Monument.

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