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  • Day22

    Day 22 - Wild Wild West

    September 29, 2016 in the United States

    As we head East we are coming into contact with defining periods and events in Nineteenth Century American history.

    The notion of the Wild West captured the imagination of a nation. One of the most famous locales in this time is the town of Deadwood. I mainly know of this town in the years from 1876 via the TV Series and I could not wait to visit. It was both as tacky and as interesting as I had hoped. The TV series from what I understand is fairly accurate (with the usual dramatic license accepted) and this allowed for some memorable scenes to be replayed in my mind as we walked around the small town. Along the way, useful information boards helped fill in the history, or further cloud the myth that has grown with time. We then walked up to the Mount Moriah Cemetery where both Wild Bill Hickock and Calamity Jane are buried.

    I'm glad we had a quick visit here and it helped to break up the driving with a bit of history and walking. And tacky giftshop purchasing.

    The Wild West theme continued as we passed Sundance, the town that lent it's name to the outlaw Harry Longabaugh, better known as The Sundance Kid. It is also in this area that the extraordinary story of Hugh Glass played out. This 1823 story of survivial is behind the recent movie 'The Revenant'. All these events and places represent a defining time in history for this nation. This region is identified too by it's rugged terrain and history and yet that American hospitality is also ever present and welcoming.

    We arrived at our motel by the early evening in the town of Wall. This town is best known for the Wall Drugstore which has been the number one stop-over on the way to Mount Rushmore since 1931. It just so happens that's why we're in the neighbourhood. So, today outlaws, tomorrow Presidents...

    Song of the Day:
    Will Smith - Wild Wild West (obviously!)
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  • Day16

    Deadwood, South Dakota

    August 26, 2010 in the United States

    We stopped in Deadwood because it looked like there was some life left in the town, and because we assumed we had done enough driving for the day after Kelsi hit the brakes to avoid a white buffalo she saw run in front of the car (it didn't actually exist).

    We stood staring at our feet outside of a bar that looked somewhat lively and interesting. Someone from inside had seen us just as we decided to keep walking and came out of the bar yellin' for us to come back.

    And because we had no other plans or reason not to, we did.

    I then won thirty dollars in a dart game while kelsi and maggie made arrangements for us to all go golfing at a member's only golf course the following day (I don't actually play darts or golf).

    We found a place to stay for the night-- we had a pretty good success rate at this point-- and decided the day had been a success.
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  • Day11

    Day 12: Rapid City (Deadwood, part 1)

    June 25, 2015 in the United States

    Famous not only by from the TV series with the same name, Deadwood is a must-see when being in South Dakota (the series is a must-see too, but be aware, it is quite violent). Having a beer in the "Gem", the famous saloon of bad guy Al Swearengen. Al was some kind of inofficial mayor of Deadwood, always trying to make a fortune...in an absolute ruthless way. Sometimes people who stood in his way were killed by him or his men and to erase every evidence, he paid his men to put them into the local hog house where the bodies "disappeared"...Read more

  • Day15

    Deadwood, Sth Dakota

    June 28, 2014 in the United States

    Today we woke to rain, following our storm yesterday. Forecast was for it to clear so we planned to visit Sturgis for Breakfast and a walk around this Biker famous town. Of course we went to the Harley Dealership and then a walk up the main street which just coincided with A Camaro show.
    there were plenty of immaculate vehicles on display.
    A Quick visit to the Full throttle Saloon and with yet another storm looming we headed back to Deadwood with a stop at Black Hills Harley to shelter from the two rain rain fronts that were approaching, with the weather closing in we decided to call it quits for the day. Headed back to Deadwood but we did not make it without yet another drenching.
    The Late afternoon was spent catching up with Laundry and visiting the Mt Moriah cemetery where Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane are buried.
    We watched the to street theatre enactments of a shootout and then the enactment of Bill Hickoks demise and finally a stage show enacting the original trial of Jack McCall. Really interesting history in the area and the Black Hills attract bikers from all over the riding is spectacular although it has been all trip.

    Tomorrow we head South and to the Badlands of South Dakota
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  • Day88

    My kind of buffet

    October 30, 2015 in the United States

    I impressed both Jon and Jared. After waiting 45 minutes to be seated, I found out that not only did they have crab legs, they had crawfish! I ate and ate and ate. Four plate fulls and then I started on dessert.

  • Day89

    Me and the guys at Deadweird

    October 31, 2015 in the United States

    We spent the whole day at Deadweird. I dressed up as Cruella Deville, John was the guy from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, and Jared was a hops sheriff. These guys were a blast and I hope to see them on the road again.

  • Day6

    Deadwood, South Dakota

    September 13, 2017 in the United States

    From Sheridan we drove to Devils Tower National Monument. I have wanted to see this amazing geologic feature since the movie "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" and it was as impressive as I imagined. Teddy Roosevelt designated it as our first national monument in 1906. The Butte is considered sacred by many Northern Plains tribes. They call it Bear Lodge or Tipi because it looks like a giant bear clawed the tower. After a picnic lunch our coach drove us to the base of the summit. From there we walked around the entire perimeter. It was quite a hike! We observed several climbers scaling to the top. The views looking up and looking out were amazing. We didn't spot any aliens, unless they were disguised as tourists.

    Our next stop was Deadwood, South Dakota. When gold was discovered in the Black Hills, miners discovered a gulch full of dead trees and gold and the town was born. Wild Bill Hickock was shot and killed here holding his aces and eights and Calamity Jane is buried next to him. We toured the town in a rickety old bus with a very colorful driver and guide. He would just stop the bus in the middle of traffic to point something out and literally scraped by a couple of signs. We were all glad to get back on our nice Trafalgar coach with excellent driver, Ken.

    After checking in at our Rapid City hotel, The Rushmore, we attended a nighttime ceremony at Mount Rushmore. Despite a brief rain shower the monument looked spectacular lit up.
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  • Day11

    Day 12: Rapid City (Deadwood, part 2)

    June 25, 2015 in the United States

    More pictures of Deadwood and its buildings and sites. Saloon 10 was the place where Wild Bill Hickok was shot in the back by an unsuccessful gambler named Jack McCall.

  • Day11

    Day 12: Rapid City (Deadwood, part 3)

    June 25, 2015 in the United States

    Visiting the cemetery on Mount Moriah, where Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane and Seth Bullock rest in peace (among others, of course).

  • Day88

    Beginning Halloween early

    October 30, 2015 in the United States

    We started bar hopping and it was super fun to see everyone completely into Halloween and starting the celebration earlier. I just I would have known and had an extra costume to wear. Loved it.

You might also know this place by the following names:

Deadwood, ديدوود, ددوود، داکوتای جنوبی, डॅडवुड, デッドウッド, 57732, Дедвуд, ڈیڈووڈ، جنوبی ڈکوٹا, 戴德伍德

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