Deadwood 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. In 1876, Deadwood was a rough and tumble gold camp where men and women came to find fortune and have a little fun. We stopped here with my brother and sister-in-law on our way from Rapid City, South Dakota, to Medora, North Dakota. I was so excited to stop and snap a few pictures of this picturesque little town which resembles more of a cowboy/western movie set to me. I loved everything about it, but unfortunately we couldn’t stay long as we had a lot of miles to cover before the end of the day. This is, of course, also the location of the infamous annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.
With ongoing restoration this town is being transformed back into the frontier town that once drew legends and legions in search of their fortune. The entire town is a Registered National Historic Landmark, but don’t let that fool you. Behind all the historic facades is plenty of modern-day fun. The famous and infamous have left their marks here. Men, like Wild Bill Hickok and Seth Bullock, and women, like Calamity Jane and Poker Alice, made this town legendary.
We walked along the main street and then had lunch at The Deadwood Social Club above Salloon 10. Richard and Shauna had raved about the chocolate truffles available in Deadwood, so we almost made a pitstop at the Chubby Chipmunk for some of those. More pictures from our time in Deadwood coming soon.