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Historic Deadwood

Ready to walk in the footsteps of historic Old West legends like Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane and Seth Bullock? This 1870s gold rush town earned National Historic Landmark status in 1961. Today, it teems with Black Hills entertainment and things to do, including concerts, casinos, museums, historic sites, spas and parades.

 

Below you’ll find more trip-planning tools and frequently asked visitor questions to help you plan your next great adventure to Historic Deadwood!

 

A woman rides a horse during the Days of '76 Rodeo in Deadwood, South Dakota.
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Entertaining Guests Since 1876

Entertainment of one form or another has been a constant in Deadwood since 1876. Whether it's a game of cards, a parade, headline musicians and festivals, New Year's Eve, Mardi Gras or the 18-time PRCA Pro Rodeo of the Year, Deadwood knows how to have fun! It's where the action was and still is — and what got Deadwood named one of Thrillist's best party towns in America!

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Play Like A Legend

In hotels and halls haunted by Wild Bill, Seth, Calamity and countless others, you can try your hand at blackjack, poker, craps and slots. Enjoy 24/7 gaming and $1,000 bet limits.

A shootout in Deadwood, SD.
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Main Street Shootouts

Catch a glimpse of gunslingers and history in action, a family-friendly look at what Deadwood once was in its wilder days. 

A mine train car from the Homestake Mine is displayed at the Historic Adams House in Deadwood, South Dakota.
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History Around Every Corner

Discover treasures at places like the Adams Museum and Days of ’76 Museum in a place where the entire town is designated as a National Historic Landmark.

Mount Moriah Cemetery
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Pay Your Respects to Wild West Legends

An eerie attraction, Mount Moriah Cemetery overlooks Deadwood Gulch. Tour this late-Victorian-era cemetery where Wild Bill Hickock, Calamity Jane, Seth Bullock and other Western legends are laid to rest.

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Get Outside

Deadwood is surrounded by the Black Hills National Forest, and the George S. Mickelson Trail connects the town to outstanding year-round outdoor activities throughout the region. Hike to Mount Roosevelt Friendship Tower, which honors the longtime friendship between President Theodore Roosevelt and frontiersman Seth Bullock. Other places to stretch your legs around Deadwood include the Homestake Trail and the waterfalls and trails of nearby Spearfish Canyon. In the winter, snowmobilers can hop on their sleds at their hotel and take off into the Black Hills snowmobile trail system.

 
The race for gold raised a mountain town to its feet for a colorful traipse through history. Grit, determination and legendary characters entrenched this landmark city in the lore of the American West.
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History is Alive in Deadwood, South Dakota
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History is Alive in Deadwood, South Dakota

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So Much More to Explore in Historic Deadwood

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Deadwood in the Winter
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A city rich in frontier history and Wild West infamy. 

Deadwood Map Location

501 Main Street
Deadwood, SD57732
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Mount Rushmore National Memorial

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Jewel Cave National Monument

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Historic Deadwood

Walk in the footsteps of historic Old West legends like Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane and Seth Bullock. This 1870s gold rush town became a National Historic Landmark in 1961. Today, it teems with Black Hills entertainment and things to do including concerts, casinos, museums, historic sites, spas and parades.

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Missouri River

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Wind Cave National Park

The first cave to be designated a national park, Wind Cave National Park features the world's largest concentration of rare boxwork formations along with 33,851 acres of forest and prairie on the surface, creating a sanctuary for wildlife.

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Crazy Horse Memorial

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