Deadwood South Dakota was established in 1876 as a mining town. When the gold ran out, the city continued to thrive. Now a tourist attraction with fun activities, interesting heritage, and astonishing sights, the city is one of the best known vacation sites in South Dakota and the world.
In Deadwood, the first thing you notice are the humongous trees. Deadwood is a canyon/gulch, so it is an amazing place for skiing. The trees also make for a great hiking experience, with wildlife and skyscraper trees following you on your path. Because Deadwood was introduced as a mining town, many stores have a gold panning section outside of their stores, where you can pan for gold like they did in the 1800’s. While walking the antique streets of Deadwood, you will see many unique items made of bones or snakeskin. No matter what, you will always find a one of a kind item like no other in Deadwood.
Another major attraction to Deadwood is the heritage. Deadwood was first established as a wild west mining town. Deadwood was named Deadwood for the dead trees surrounding the town. Deadwood was nicknamed Deadwood Gulch because the town seems to be in the center of a big bowl. If you see an overview it looks like a piece of cereal in a big bowl. Towards the edge of the town you can see tombstones of famous cowboys and outlaws, this really gives the feel of an old western town.
Certainly my favorite part of Deadwood are the sights. Imagine standing atop of the canyon looking down into the town, or out to the Black Hills forests. The wildlife that accompany you to the top of the gulch make sure that the hike does not just seem like and endless exercise. Kick back and relax, nobody is going to bring you down from your private oasis in the forest. Because Deadwood has a low population, climbing above the city will make it seem like you are the only person in the world.
When you first read this article, you probably had never heard of Deadwood, but now, just like me, you should be very interested. With the activities, heritage, and the sights, Deadwood is the perfect place to go, on your own or with your family. There is a big world out there, don’t be afraid of it, go explore it.
Encyclopedia: World book article. Deadwood, 2015
Book: South Dakota, Emilie U. Lepthien 1991
Website: blackhillsvisitor.com, 2014