Black Hills

25 May

May 25, 2012 at 11:40 am

Mentioned is that from Custer State Park to Wild West Deadwood, families can enjoy themselves with many activities and some seriously good fishing! Trout-filled streams cover the Black Hills along with fish filled lakes. The lakes offer everything from yellow perch to jumbo lake trout. Also Game&Fish claims that Mount Rushmore is a must-see spot!

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To plan a Black Hills Vacation, check out Rain or shine, there is always entertainment throughout the Black Hills and especially in Historical Deadwood.

24 May

May 24, 2012 at 10:01 am

Mount Moriah was established as a Masonic cemetery around 1878 and is visited today by 80,000-100,000 people every year including tourists and natives of the Black Hills. Records indicate that around 3,600 people are buried there but there may be more that we are unsure of due to lost or incomplete information.

Famous people like Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane, Potato Creek Johnny, Preacher Henry Weston Smith, and Seth Bullock are buried at Mount Moriah and it was these people’s lives that added to the story of Deadwood, SD.

Mount Moriah is listed as one of the top spookiest cemeteries to visit although most know it as a historical landmark. If you are visiting Historical Deadwood, make sure Mount Moriah is on your list of destination to see. You will not be disappointed. To see other cemeteries listed as spooky, visit .

For more information on Mount Moriah or Historical Deadwood, visit our website at!

14 May

May 14, 2012 at 08:35 am

DEADWOOD (5-9-2012) — Rock icons, Top-40 hit makers and a Rockabilly all-star will share the Deadwood Jam stage Sept. 14-15. The long-standing musical festival will feature headlining acts never before seen at the Deadwood Jam.

Styx, the 1980s rock powerhouse, with the hit contemporary band Augustana and The Stray Cats’ Lee Rocker, have been booked for the 22nd annual Deadwood Jam.

The Deadwood Jam has featured the nation’s top bands in all music genres, and this year’s headliners are brand new to the Jam stage. Also this year, the volunteer Jam committee will host the first annual Jam Wine & Brew Fest, featuring South Dakota-made wines and beers inside the Jam complex.

Styx has multiple platinum albums to their credit, having sold well over 12 million albums in their storied musical career. The band released four consecutive albums that were certified Multi-Platinum. Their style of progressive rock and rock guitar, along with a string of hit ballads, has earned Styx fans world-wide. Hits from the powerhouse band include “Lady,” “Babe,” “Come Sail Away,” “The Best of Times,” “Mr. Roboto,” “Show Me the Way,” “Too Much Time on My Hands,” “Fooling Yourself (Angry Young Man).” Styx will perform Saturday, Sept. 15, during the Deadwood Jam.

Augustana made a musical name for themselves in 2005 with the release of the “All the Stars and Boulevards” album, which reached No. 1 on the Billboard Top Heatseekers Chart. The hit single “Boston” was at the top of many Billboard and Top 40 charts. Since then, the band has produced three more albums, all through Epic Records. All of their Epic albums were at the top of U.S. Indie charts. Other Augustana hits include “Sweet and Low,” “Steal your Heart” and “Stars and Boulevards.” Augustana will take the Jam stage on Friday, Sept. 14.

The Stray Cat Lee Rocker is a Rockabilly, giant-upright bass man. His style of slap-bass helped pave his way into mainstream music, including a Grammy nod. Rocker helped form The Stray Cats, and has been performing solo since the mid-1990s. Hits such as “Rock this Town,” “Stray Cat Strut,” and “Sexy + 17” are part of Rocker’s repertoire. The Stray Cats sold nearly 10 million albums and garnered 23 gold- and platinum-certified records worldwide. Rocker also joined the cast of Broadway’s hit musical “Million Dollar Quartet” in 2011. He will play the Jam on Saturday, Sept. 15.

Tickets are now on sale at a discounted rate of $60, which is good for both days, Sept. 14-15. Individual day tickets are $25 for Friday, Sept. 14, and $50 for Saturday, Sept. 15. Tickets are on sale at or at 800-344-8826. Deadwood Jam ticket holders will also have access to the Wine & Brew Fest. Those looking to just attend the Wine & Brew Fest can purchase that entry separately.

The 2012 Deadwood Jam is funded in part by South Dakota Department of Tourism’s Matching Dollar Challenge program. This is a cooperative marketing partnership, which awarded the Deadwood Jam funding to be used in cooperation with the Department of Tourism’s planning and implementation efforts.

Lee Harstad
Deadwood Chamber of Commerce

11 May

May 11, 2012 at 03:41 pm

CarsTravelFood is a blog that aims to celebrate and encourage travel within our great country, by spotlighting communities, its eateries and upcoming events. The blog was created in an attempt to help encourage traveling within the U.S. and to celebrate and support the economy.
On CarsTravelFood’s blog post, Mount Rushmore is the big tourist stop mentioned for South Dakota however they didn’t forget to add in Deadwood as being on the list of “places to stop if you want to channel the real Wild West experience”.
Check out the article at
CarsTravelFood talks about the history of Deadwood and claims everything we are about, doesn’t just make good TV. They claim that exploring our Old Wild West Town is quite the experience and is a place where you can “channel the past”.
Historic Hotels like The Bullock, which was built in 1890 and was Deadwood’s first hotel, is talked about throughout the article. Deadwood’s first sheriff, Seth Bullock, built the hotel himself. It is said that his ghost makes lots of appearances throughout the entire hotel on daily basis. CarTravelFood however isn’t the first to captivate Seth Bullock. The popular Travel Channel show “Ghost Hunters” did a special on the Bullock Hotel recently. Guest frequently write to The Bullock, sharing their encounters they had with Seth. To see photos of The Bullock or other historical hotels in deadwood, visit
The article goes on to say that not only is the Wild West aura that Deadwood offers appealing to tourists but also the fact that famous people like Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane and mentioned earlier Seth Bullock lived here one upon a time.
CarsTravelFood says that Deadwood is “still a thriving town” and that shops here are unique unlike many other city’s today. Gaming is big here in Deadwood, as it once was one of the few places where one could go to gamble. It was first legalized in Deadwood in 1989 and has thrived since according to CarsTravelFood.
Broken Boot Gold Mine is mentioned and is said to be a place where visitors can follow the path of old ore carts underground in the old shafts. Other landmarks like Chinatown and Mount Moriah Cemetery are mentioned also.
Make sure to check out the Historic Deadwood’s facebook page where you will hear about all the latest events going on in Deadwood. Follow this link

20 Apr

Apr 20, 2012 at 09:38 am

May 5 event includes activities for entire family including contests, dance class and live bands; registration now open.
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DEADWOOD (4-19-2012) – Mexico’s celebration of heritage and pride hits Deadwood’s Main Street on Saturday, May 5. Cinco de Mayo festivities will abound in Deadwood May 5, with activities for all ages.

Events include a kid’s fiesta, homemade salsa contest, Chihuahua costume contest, pepper-eating contest, chicken-splat bingo, soccer ball kick, tortilla toss, Mexican dance class, sidewalk sales, handcrafted piñata competition, fresh tamales and Mexican food-tasting stations and much more, including entertainment by Gordy Pratt and the Grupo Sueno Musical Band. Events kick off at 1 p.m. on May 5, and will continue throughout the evening.

Deadwood’s Cinco de Mayo organizers encourage everyone to enjoy the holiday on Deadwood’s Main Street. “This is a great opportunity for folks and families from the region to get a taste of Mexican traditions. We may be quite a ways from the origin of Cinco de Mayo in Puebla, Mexico, but we felt this was a chance for us to observe a lesser-known holiday in the historic community of Deadwood,” said Rhonda Van Den Eykel, Cinco de Mayo organizer. “The committee has put a lot of effort into organizing activities for all ages, so make plans to bring the entire family.”

Cinco de Mayo celebrates the Mexican Army’s defeat of French forces in Puebla, Mexico on May 5, 1862 – 15 years before gold was discovered in Deadwood in South Dakota’s Black Hills, and 15 years before Wild Bill Hickok came to Deadwood and met his own fate.

Deadwood’s Cinco de Mayo organizers seek participants for the various activities, including the handcrafted piñata contest. This contest has different age categories – adult, high school and elementary – and a number of prizes are up for grabs. To register for this contest, or the others such as the homemade salsa/pico de gallo contest, Chihuahua costume contest, hot pepper-eating contest or any other activity, call Rhonda Van Den Eykel at (605) 722-4975, or visit the Deadwood Chamber of Commerce website. You can also find a registration form HERE.

13 Apr

Apr 13, 2012 at 11:04 am

5pm CHECK IN at the Bullock Hotel for our GOLD TICKET attendees!
– Check in, check the place out and get ready for an amazing event!

– While the HBO DEADWOOD SERIES was incredibly accurate in some areas, it also stretched the truth in other areas as well. Was AL SWEARENGEN a good guy or a bad guy? Did TRIXIE really exist? Was Seth truly reluctant to become the Deadwood Sheriff? Was E.B. FARNUM truly that “mousy”? Find out during the “The Truth vs. The Legends of DEADWOOD” one hour special presentation by Chad and Mary Beth!

– Feel free to join THE AGH CREW for dinner at one of many options in Deadwood… and the food is amazing EVERYWHERE!

9:30pm – 11pm – GHOST HUNT THE BULLOCK!
– We’ll gather in one of the most haunted rooms of the hotel, as well as the basement, for an hour and a half ghost hunt of the Bullock Hotel. And yes… as we said above, we had activity the last time we were here, so we already know it’s haunted

– Get ready to have a great time once again at the Ole’ No. 10 Saloon – the actual location where Wild Bill lost his life playing cards. In fact, the actual chair he was in is encased in glass above the front door!”

28 Mar

Mar 28, 2012 at 09:10 am

80s Rock Icon Rick Springfield and Southern Rochers The Marshall Tucker Band to hit Wild Bill Days stage in Deadwood for free concerts-

Deadwood will host Rick Springfield and The Marshall Tucker Band during the town’s annual Wild Bill Days festivities June 15-16. The free concerts are part of historic Deadwood’s annual event, which celebrates the life and times of the town’s most infamous resident, Wild Bill Hickok. Concerts are held outdoors on Deadwood’s Main Street.

Rick Springfield has landed 17 hits in the Top 40 charts and has sold more than 20 million records. His hit “Jessie’s Girl” won a Grammy Award for Best Vocal Male Performance, and hits like “I Get Excited,” “Don’t Talk to Strangers” and “Affair of the Heart” were also nominated for music’s top awards. Other big hits for Springfield include “Pretty Little Mess,” “Who Killed Rock-N-Roll,” “Human Touch” and “Love Somebody.” Springfield and his band have been in the studio in 2012 working on their next record.

Springfield also plays the role of Dr. Noah Drake in “General Hospital” and has appeared on TV shows such as “Hot in Cleveland” and Showtime’s “Californication.” Rick Springfield and his band will play on Friday, June 15. Other Friday night entertainment includes the Texaco-Dana Dental Arts Country Showdown, a talent search showcasing top regional talent vying for a chance at $100,000.

The Marshall Tucker Band’s blend of rock, rhythm-and-blues, jazz, country and Gospel helped bring them to the forefront of the American Southern rock movement. Touring since 1972, the band released its first LP, the self-titled Marshall Tucker Band, in 1973 and has released nearly 40 albums since. Hits like “Can’t You See,” “Fire on the Mountain,” “Last of the Singing Cowboys,” “Dream Lover,” “It Takes Time” and “Hangin’ Out in Smokey Places” found their way in to Billboard’s charts, and the band’s “Heard it in a Love Song” hit helped bring the album “Carolina Dreams” to certified platinum.

The Marshall Tucker Band will take the Wild Bill Days stage on Saturday, June 16. Additional Wild Bill Days events and entertainment will be announced in coming weeks.

“To host a musical icon and one of music’s driving forces alongside one another is quite a treat. We searched for bands that would fit the demographic of our Deadwood audience during Wild Bill Days, and feel we have fit that bill to a T,” said George Milos, executive director of the Deadwood Chamber of Commerce and Visitor’s Bureau. “This great, free music, combined with other activities throughout the weekend, will make it a can’t miss event.”

For more information on Wild Bill Days, call the Deadwood Chamber of Commerce at 1-800-999-1876 or check out

19 Mar

Mar 19, 2012 at 10:09 am

DEADWOOD — The City of Deadwood and the Deadwood Elks Lodge #508 are sponsoring the annual Easter Egg Hunt at 10:00 am on Saturday, April 7 at the Deadwood Rec Center, 105 Sherman Street. For more information call 578-3729.

15 Mar

Mar 15, 2012 at 01:20 pm

Registration now open for the ride to connect two icons of Western history, at

DEADWOOD, S.D. (3-14-2012) – A historic trail ride connecting two Dakota towns rich in history and lore begins this summer. In the 1880s, the Medora-to-Deadwood Trail took stagecoach, wagon and horseback travelers from the western buttes and Little Missouri River country of what is now North Dakota to the Wild West town of Deadwood in the Black Hills. Now, modern-day trail riders have a chance to relive the same experience.

This trail ride will be done in two parts. The southern segment from Buffalo, S.D. to Deadwood will take place this year, from Aug. 25 to Sept. 1. In the summer of 2013, the northern part will take riders from Buffalo to Medora. While travelers in the 1880s did the journey in one shot, present-day organizers are splitting the lengthy trek into two segments, in hopes of enticing even more horsemen and horsewomen keen on adventure.

The 1880s were a time in the West when all roads led to Deadwood. In the wake of the Custer Expedition’s 1874 Black Hills gold discovery, fortune-seekers from all walks of life came streaming to Deadwook Gulch.

Hearing reports about the gold boom, French nobleman Marquis de Mores established his own stage line from Medora to Deadwood. He charged 10 cents a mile, and the route took the stage to Deadwood, through the Black Hills and to the Badlands. Relay stations were set up every 10 to 15 miles along the route for team changes and passenger breaks. Perhaps some of the passengers were keen on getting rich in the gold rush, but many historians believe this stage was used mainly as a tourism shuttle between the two Western cities between 1884 and 1886.

In 2012, adventurers can once again be part of Dakota history. Linda and Ray Gilbert and their family ranches south of Buffalo, S.D., on land that was crossed by the original stage in the 1880s. Linda is helping to organize this trail ride.

“Men and women risked a lot back in the day to travel from Medora to Deadwood, and the risk vs. reward scenario was likely not much of a consideration for these travelers,” she said. “It’s quite enticing to say the least. There’s much history on our ranch alone from this stage route, and I can’t wait to revisit other parts of this original trail.”

The Gilberts and other organizers are looking for teams and riders to join them on this historical ride. The ride will benefit the Days of ’76 Museum in Deadwood, one of the largest museums dedicated to preserving the West. Registration forms can be found at or by calling the Museum at (605) 578-1657.

For More Information, including historical photos:
Karin Savoie
Days of ’76 Museum
(605) 578-1657

12 Mar

Mar 12, 2012 at 09:09 am

DEADWOOD (3/6/2012) – The luck ‘o the Irish is alive and well this St. Patrick’s Day in Deadwood.

The annual St. Paddy’s celebrations kick off Friday, March 16, with the first annual Leprechaun Olympics. These games will be held at five different locations on Deadwood’s Main Street. Registration for the Olympics will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Oyster Bay, with the games running from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Score cards must be returned to the Oyster Bay by 9:30 p.m., and winners will receive prizes. Open container regulations will be relaxed from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on March 16 as well.

On Saturday, March 17, the annual St. Patrick’s Day pub crawl – which drew nearly 1,200 people in 2011 – takes place. Registration for the pub crawl is from noon to 3 p.m. at the Franklin Hotel, with the crawl beginning at 3 p.m. The annual St. Patrick’s Day parade kicks off at 7 p.m., followed by the pub crawl awards and St. Paddy’s Day party at the Franklin Hotel at 9 p.m. Open containers will be allowed from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. on March 17. These events are organized and run by the Deadwood Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau.

With St. Patrick’s Day falling on a Saturday, Deadwood Chamber officials anticipate a large turnout. “St. Patrick’s Day festivities have some history in Deadwood, and the celebration has really taken off in recent years. This year, since we can plan full-day events on the actual holiday, we are optimistic crowds will reach even new levels,” said George Milos, executive director of the Deadwood Chamber of Commerce and Visitor’s Bureau.

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