Saturday, August 7, 2010

Deadwood, South Dakota

After Mount Rushmore, we had absolutely no plans except to visit our good friends, John and Mari, at their vacation home in Wyoming.  But since they wouldn't be in residence until Wednesday night, we had a few days to kill. 

So we went to Montana to see the sights, via Deadwood, South Dakota.  Now this town has really come together to maintain the lawless, wild west atmosphere that gave it its' name.  We started at the renovated train station down town and moved to Main street.  The town council has launched a renovation of the entire downtown to maintain the western theme, and to update the infrastructure (water, power, etc.) to many of the original buildings.  They've done a great job.  We thoroughly enjoyed the day.  Gambling is "a okay" there, so they have a lot of saloons with gambling, tourist shops, shops for bikers and tourists alike.  Lots of fun.

We drove up to see the gravesite of Calamity Jane and Wild Bill Hickock.  They weren't married, but she asked to be buried near him when she died.  

A neat town, I recommend a visit!

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