DEADWOOD – Deadwood History will host the first annual Deadwood Stagecoach Days: 1876-1890 on September 5-6, 2014, at the Days of ’76 Museum and Rodeo Grounds, Deadwood, South Dakota. The two-day event is co-sponsored by the Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission and the National Stagecoach and Freight Wagon Association.
When the railroad arrived in Deadwood in 1890, pioneer author Estelline Bennett opined to Wild West legend Buffalo Bill Cody, “It’s too bad the railroad came.” In response Cody remarked, “A town is young just as long it stays off the railroad. But Deadwood was young so long it never will quite forget its youth.” Deadwood’s youthful attitude pervades the historic community year in and year out with the annual Days of ‘76 Celebration when the town harkens back to gold rush days where the only access to the gulch was by foot, horse, mule or ox team. Freight wagons and stagecoaches made the journey to the Black Hills on trails from Cheyenne, Sidney, Bismarck, Medora, Miles City and Fort Pierre.
The event will features stagecoach and freight wagon demonstrations, wagon show and dust off, talks by noted historians and wagon experts, musical entertainment, 19th century craftsmanship expo, old-fashioned games, tours of the Days of ’76 Museum’s carriage collection, chuck wagon meal and more.
Early registration, postmarked by August 1, 2014, is $70 ($80 after August 1) for both days (includes all activities and meals) or $35 ($45 after August 1) for one day (includes all activities and meals). Tickets will be available at the gate on Saturday for $15 for adults and $5 for children, meals not included but may be purchased separately for $15 per person. For more information about Deadwood Stagecoach Days, please call605-722-4800 or visit www.DeadwoodHistory.com.
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