10 Things to Do in Deadwood That You Shouldn't Miss

Deadwood (Lakota: Owáyasuta; "To approve or confirm things") is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. It is named after the dead trees found in its gulch. The population was 1,270 according to the 2010 census. The entire city is a National Historic Landmark District, for its well-preserved Gold Rush-era architecture.

1. Adams House

22 Van Buren St, Deadwood, SD 57732-1432 Museums, Sights & Landmarks, History Museums, Historic Sites More
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4.5 based on 419 reviews

Adams House

The Historic Adams House was built in 1892 by Deadwood pioneers Harris and Anna Franklin. Local contemporary press described the home as "the grandest house west of the Mississippi." The elegant Queen Anne-style house heralded a wealthy and socially prominent new age for Deadwood, a former rough and tumble gold mining town. Harris and Anna Franklin’s son Nathan bought the house for $1 in 1905. In 1920, Nathan Franklin sold the house to W.E. and Alice Adams for $8,500. Adams' second wife Mary closed up the house in 1936, two years after W.E.'s death, leaving the contents and furnishings intact.

Reviewed By Coleen T - Kent, United KingdomKent, United Kingdom

Just What I Like

If you like visiting old houses that still looks like it is lived in then this is one for viewing It might not be all that old but it has some very charming features and very interesting history so well cared for and a credit to the city of DeadwoodThank

2. Mount Moriah Cemetery

Deadwood, SD Sights & Landmarks, Cemeteries
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4.5 based on 1588 reviews

Mount Moriah Cemetery

Small cemetery dating back to the time of cowboys, deputies and the old West.

Reviewed By Saskfamily10 - Saskatoon, CanadaSaskatoon, Canada

Cemetery

The map & information sheet we got from the visitor's centre thankfully gave us a lot of information about the cemetery, and it lead us to the grave sites of the famous locals. It would have been a wasted visit without that information to refer to. We wer

3. Adams Museum

54 Sherman St, Deadwood, SD 57732-1364 Museums, History Museums
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4.5 based on 621 reviews

Adams Museum

The Adams Museum is the Black Hills’ oldest history museum. In 1930 pioneer businessman W.E. Adams founded the Adams Museum in downtown Deadwood with the purpose of preserving and displaying the history of the Black Hills. The Adams Museum is home to some of the Black Hills’ greatest treasures including Potato Creek Johnny’s gold nugget, beloved American illustrator N.C. Wyeth’s pencil sketch drawing of Western legend Wild Bill Hickok, the mysterious Thoen Stone record of the Ezra Kind party’s discovery of gold in the Hills in the 1830s and a one-of-a-kind plesiosaur (marine reptile). In addition to exhibits on all three levels, the Adams General Store is located on the main floor.

Reviewed By Mariyn K - Bear, DelawareBear, Delaware

Interesting

We enjoyed our brief stop at the Adams Museum which contained a lot of information and artifacts from this area.Thank you for taking time to write a review. We are glad to hear you enjoyed visiting the Adams Museum! We hope to see you in Deadwood again.

4. Historic Old Town

Main Street, Deadwood, SD Sights & Landmarks, Historic Walking Areas
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4 based on 969 reviews

Historic Old Town

Reviewed By Mariyn K - Bear, DelawareBear, Delaware

Touristy, but fun

Having watched the series "Deadwood" several years ago, we were interested in visiting this historic old town. We had read that it was pretty touristy, and that information was correct. However, we still enjoyed our 1 1/2 day visit there and liked strolli

5. Tatanka: Story of the Bison

1 mile north of Deadwood on US 85, Deadwood, SD 57732 Museums, Specialty Museums
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4.5 based on 359 reviews

Tatanka: Story of the Bison

Reviewed By TravelingMac60 - Regina, CanadaRegina, Canada

Fitting Tribute

Tatanka is a fitting tribute to the North American bison. Kevin Costner reclaimed an area of land that was being used as a garbage dump and built a lasting legacy to this magnificent animal. A visit here is well worth the minimal entrance fee. Tour the di

6. Broken Boot Gold Mine

Upper Main St, Deadwood, SD Sights & Landmarks, Mines
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4.5 based on 337 reviews

Broken Boot Gold Mine

Pan for gold in this historic gold mining area.

Reviewed By Taylor B - Chicago, IllinoisChicago, Illinois

Step into history and dig into the past

Deadwood, South Dakota, may have been made famous by Wild Bill Hickok but it came into being because it was a gold rush town, created by a gold strike in Deadwood Gulch in 1876. Two years later, the Broken Boot Gold Mine was established. It closed in 1904

7. Days of '76 Museum

18 76th Dr, adjacent to the Rodeo Grounds, Deadwood, SD 57732-7451 Museums, History Museums
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4.5 based on 204 reviews

Days of '76 Museum

Live re-creations of the town's rich history started in 1924 through the Days of '76 celebration and award-winning rodeo. The celebration began as a way to honor Deadwood's pioneers - the prospectors, miners, muleskinners and madams who poured into the Black Hills in 1876 to settle the gold-filled gulches of Dakota Territory. Deadwood's newest museum documents the celebration and rodeo. The Days of '76 Museum features exceptional displays of carriages, firearms, American Indian artifacts and illustrates Deadwood's enduring friendship with Buffalo Bill Cody. The Days of '76 Museum is wheelchair accessible. The Mercantile gift shop is located on the first floor.

Reviewed By Tony0146484 - Richmond, Virginia, United StatesRichmond, Virginia, United States

Visit to Deadwood Not Complete Until Seeing This Well Done Museum

Part of the lure of Deadwood is its Wild West Days and the Days of 76 Museum takes you through the a history timeline of not only the City but how the City has celebrated its character, history and origin over the years. This is a well done museum with pl

8. Mt Roosevelt Monument

North of Deadwood, Deadwood, SD Sights & Landmarks, Monuments & Statues, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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4.5 based on 160 reviews

Mt Roosevelt Monument

Reviewed By Taylor B - Chicago, IllinoisChicago, Illinois

Seth Bullock's tribute to Teddy Roosevelt

There are many historical sites in the Black Hills of South Dakota, too many to visit in only a day or two. But the Mount Theodore Roosevelt Monument, also known as the Roosevelt Friendship Monument or Friendship Tower, is worth a stop. Located in the Bla

9. George S. Mickelson Trail

Deadwood, SD Outdoor Activities, Nature & Parks, Hiking Trails
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5 based on 94 reviews

George S. Mickelson Trail

112-mile rails-to-trails project which goes through the Black Hills.

Reviewed By Taylor B - Chicago, IllinoisChicago, Illinois

Experiencing the beauty of the Black Hills

The George S. Michelson Trail is a walkway that extends for 109 miles from Lead to Edgemont to Deadwood and through the Black Hills of South Dakota. And that's not counting about nine additional branch trails, including a three-mile paved link from Custer

10. Cadillac Jack's Gaming Resort

360 Main St, Deadwood, SD 57732-1236 Fun & Games, Casinos & Gambling
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4 based on 297 reviews

Cadillac Jack's Gaming Resort

Reviewed By dennisfE2508RJ - Casper, WyomingCasper, Wyoming

Mr Finn

Stay at Cadillac Jack's on a Sunday night I think I paid $44 for the room and plus tax it was the most gorgeous room I've ever stayed at I enjoyed it it was a fun place

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