Deadwood, South Dakota — where Wild Bill Hickok used to spend his days — is more than an HBO series. The gold rush town may have a population of less than 1,500, but it’s sort of become South Dakota’s answer to Vegas. Well, maybe if you combined Vegas with Tombstone. You’re never far from a slot machine (gambling is allowed here for those 21+), festivals and concerts happen on the regular, and the town’s Old West history has buried a lot more than the occasional bank account.
The first order of the day is to stop by Saloon #10 — nowadays both a bar and a museum — to see Wild Bill Hickok’s “Dead Man’s Hand,” the poker game where he ultimately lost his life. There’s also dining upstairs at the Deadwood Social Club, live music, a martini bar, and South Dakota’s largest selection of whiskey at the American Whiskey Bar.
Before you head out, stop by Mount Moriah Cemetery — it’s the final resting place of Hickok, as well as famous frontierswoman Calamity Jane. As for whether or not the town is haunted, you’ll just have to find out for yourself.
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