Written on August 17th, 2020
When placer gold was discovered in a creek that ran through a gulch full of dead trees in 1876, prospectors flocked to the area and a boom town sprang up practically overnight. Deadwood's rich heritage is kept alive through historical reenactments, guided tours, and a variety of attractions and signature events.
History lovers will find no shortage of things to see and do in Deadwood. Extensive collections of artifacts can be found in the Adams Museum and Days of '76 Museum, while the Historic Adams House offers tours of one of the town's most popular gathering places for early business leaders and influential citizens. Many of Deadwood's most notorious figures are buried in Mount Moriah Cemetery, located on a picturesque bluff overlooking Deadwood Gulch. Book a narrated bus tour with Boot Hill Tours and you'll learn more about the Black Hills Gold Rush from knowledgeable guides who will take you through the historic streets of Deadwood and up to Boot Hill, where you'll visit the graves of Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane.
When hunger strikes, there are plenty of great spots to grab a bite to eat, from quick and easy to upscale dining. Paddy O'Neill's Irish Pub & Grill offers tasty grub including chicken wings, nachos, burgers, and fish & chips, as well as a full bar serving beer, wine, and cocktails. If you're in the mood for variety, the Silverado Franklin Grand Buffet was voted the Best of the Black Hills! You can choose from salad and pizza to prime rib and crab (and of course, dessert!). Afterward, be sure to stop by their casino to see if Lady Luck is on your side. Don't forget Chubby Chipmunk Hand-Dipped Chocolates, renowned for their award-winning truffles and other sweet confections. Blackstone Lodge & Suites has a pub where you can sample local craft beer on tap after a busy day exploring; it's also a great place to stay, with suites perfect for families and executives and amenities such as three hot tubs and a complimentary hot breakfast. If you're in the mood to be pampered, Akela Spa offers massages, facials, manicures/pedicures, hair services, and more in a beautiful setting guaranteed to induce relaxation.
Specialty shops abound in Deadwood; you can pick up everything from souvenirs, local wines, and moonshine, to art, furniture, and Black Hills Gold Jewelry. The Pink Door Boutique carries a wide range of women's clothing, boots, and accessories in styles ranging from western to contemporary. Twin-City Hardware is a locally owned and operated full-service hardware store offering everything from paint and lumber to office supplies and rental equipment.
One thing is certain: you'll want to come back to Deadwood again and again!