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Distance from
Mt. Rushmore
52 miles
Distance to
Other Places
Lead, 2 miles
Sturgis, about 20 miles
Spearfish, about 20 miles via US14A (Spearfish Canyon Scenic Drive)
Devil's Tower National Monument, about 40 miles via US14A
Crazy Horse Memorial, about 50 miles via US385
Mt Rushmore, 52 miles
Custer State Park, about 60 miles
Wind Cave National Park, about 85 miles
Jewel Cave National Monument, about 85 miles
Badlands National Park, about 100 miles
Hot Springs, about 100 miles
Time Needed: An afternoon or evening, although some people never seem to leave the slot machines.
Best Time To Go: Late afternoon
Directions: US 16A north to US16. US16 west to US385 North. US 385 north to Deadwood and Lead
Highlights: Casino Gambling, Adams Museum, Mt. Moriah Cemetery and the Trial of Jack McCall. Special Events.
Mt. Rushmore is Open All
Open All Year
     Deadwood is the most famous of Black Hills gold rush towns, but perhaps not the most infamous. Nowadays Deadwood is primarily a tourist town with gambling.  It wasn't always so. Until World War II, Deadwood was the largest commercial and rail center of the Black Hills ... bigger and more important than Rapid City. The arrival of Ellsworth Air Force Base near Rapid City changed all that and Deadwood entered a 40-year decline that was only reversed with the introduction of casino gambling in 1989.
     Today, Deadwood actively promotes its Old West history as a gold-rush boom town. It was once home to Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane, Poker Alice and an assorted cast of other colorful figures. Both Wild Bill and Calamity still rest in Deadwood's Mt. Moriah Cemetery; visiting their graves ought to take up about a half hour. Well, it's worth a picture anyway.
     If you're not into gambling, the Adams Museum and House is one of Deadwood's better attractions. The museum has one of the area's best Old West collections, including a steam locomotive that was hauled into the Black Hills in pieces by bull teams in the 1870s. The Adams House is some blocks away and offers tours all year. For gamblers, Deadwood has more than 70 saloons and gaming houses.
     For fun that people of all ages can enjoy, Deadwood stages the "Trial of Jack McCall" every evening in the summertime. Jack McCall is alleged to have shot Wild Bill in the back while Hickok was playing poker. Bill was holding Aces and Eights, which to this day is known as "the dead man's hand." Another worthwhile stop is "Tatanka: The Story of the Bison" just north of town on Highway 85.
     See:  Deadwood History for more about Deadwood's past. Contacts and Information:  Deadwood Chamber of Commerc Visitor Bureau , 767 Main Street, Deadwood, South Dakota 57732, 1-800-999-1876.
Updated 1/23/2013 Roosevelt Inn. All rights reserved.