Blogs from Deadwood, South Dakota, United States, North America


Geo: 44.3767, -103.729As we were leaving Wyoming a short side trip took us to the Devils Tower and it's not a bad name given that one of the theories around its formation is that it is a volcanic plug or that it is the neck of an extinct volcano. It must have something to do with the Devil because we saw a number of Hells Angels types cruising around. Apparently the tower is part of a motorcycle circuit that originates in nearby Sturgis, South Dakota, and bikers are drawn to the area as soon as the nice weather appears. Sturgis is the magnetic centre of the earth for anyone owning a motorcycle and the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally draws 450,000 participants to a town with a population of 6,600. Like our friends Art and Kevin in ... read more
Wild Bill Hickok Watches Over Deadwood
Wyoming Countryside
Wyoming Countryside

North America » United States » South Dakota » Deadwood October 15th 2015

I didn't really get to do much today, since the drive was massive. But that doesn't mean I didn't enjoy what I did get to do. My day started off in Morrill, NE, where I had stayed at the Oak Tree Inn - a place I highly recommend if you ever find yourself in town. Next to it is Penny's Diner, and this thing is right out of the 1950s. Inside, it's like a Waffle House, but less grimy. The food was good, greasy, and quick to arrive. All things you hope for in a diner experience. The service was great, and I really didn't have to eat again until much later in the day. I took my time this morning, since I knew I could get some much-needed sleep before starting the 4-hour drive to ... read more
Penny's Diner in Morrill, NE
The Kid in Sundance, WY
My car acted as a temporary cattle prod near Devil's Tower

North America » United States » South Dakota » Deadwood July 22nd 2015

We decided to go back to Deadwood, SD and check out the town. We were told to take the scenic route so that is what we did.. Amazing waterfalls and huge blocks of granite were seen along the way. The town of Deadwood is an old mining town that has been through it all. The town was totally destroyed by fire then in the early 1900's there was a big flood. We saw a shoot out in the middle of the street where a guy got shot in his forehead. The drama of it all. Wild Bill Hickok was killed in Deadwood and is buried there. Calamity Jane also lived in Deadwood and you know story about their hot romance. She is buried right next to him. The cemetery is at the top of the town ... read more

North America » United States » South Dakota » Deadwood August 26th 2013

Started day with breakfast at the day cafe / night bar. Good breakfast and we had discounted from hotel. Then off fairly early for a packed day of fun. Bear Country USA - drive through/walk through sanctuary. Very well ran and the babies were the best to watch. Being there first thing in the morning was a very good idea. 1880's Train - I made reservations and paid for tickets online ahead of time. This made it pretty easy to check in and pick up our tickets in Keystone, SD. Nice train ride over to Hill City. Not near as scenic as some other train rides but the staff gave lots of very informative information about the area. During the layover in Hill City ... read more
front view train
rushmore 1

North America » United States » South Dakota » Deadwood August 25th 2013

Up early, breakfast - hotel continental - gross. Car snacks later. Northwest direction today. Finally get to I-90 and the signs for "See Wall Drug" etc. I had already decided to stop here when planning as it looks quirky and fun. But first a stop for a quick picnic lunch. This is one of my $$$ savers on the road. No one needs to eat out breakfast, lunch and dinner. South Dakota's rest area's at least the one we hit need some serious work. First thing we see are signs to watch for snakes. Then us ladies hit the restroom with lots of trepidation from the looks. Well we peed with bees. Lots of bees. Surprising neither of us got stung. Brings me to another road travel tip - put together a good first aid kit. ... read more
mom at silo
wall drug
slot david

North America » United States » South Dakota » Deadwood August 9th 2013

They came from near and far for the Atkins reunion. Roberta from Green Valley, AZ; Judy from San Luis Obispo, CA; Linda from Northville, SD; Susan and Kevin from Sausalito, CA; Mike from Sioux Falls, SD; Annette and Tom from London, UK; Tom and Leila and granddaughter Aleila from Sioux Falls, SD; Mary and Bob from Sioux Falls, SD; Betsy and Tim from Minneapolis, MN; Teresa and Matt from Des Moines, IA; Steve and daughter Ellie from New Plymouth, New Zealand. Our sister Peggy was there in spirit from heaven. After lots of searching, we found just the right place for the reunion: the Black Hills of South Dakota. We rented three houses with four bedrooms each. The Gilded Mountain Residences were just the right size for our daily get togethers and our nightly dinners. Each ... read more

Geo: 44.3767, -103.729Well, I almost didn't even bother posting a blog for yesterday, just because it was a rest and recoup from vacation day. We arrived early in the town of Deadwood, South Dakota. Talk about Wild Wild West. We found a small cabin for the night that had a loft for Alex. We walked the town and had some lunch. We went back to the cabin, played some cribbage, watched some tv, then went to a go cart track where Alex raced the other tourists, then we plays putt putt. I lost $4 in the casino while Alex played in the arcade.I have minimalized our visit, but it was actually historically significant. We saw the spot where Wild Bill Hickock was shot in the back. Also, calamity Jane was buried up the hill.I did some ... read more
Downtown Deadwood

North America » United States » South Dakota » Deadwood March 6th 2013

Once upon a time, and as I have mentioned a few times throughout my previous blogs, we decided to go on a big long roadtrip – the furthest we’d ever driven one way! From Calgary to Halifax, Nova Scotia, but primarily through the United States. The problem with roadtrips is backtracking…in my opinion… The roadtrip is really fun and exciting the entire time, UNTIL it’s time to come home, and then I just want to be home. Instantly So, we decided to by a “disposable” car. It was 1984 Ford Marquis, purchased for $400. It was SO comfortable – it passed inspection – perfect! Our plan was to drive it one way, and, if it made it in a decent shape, donate it once we were ready to come home, and then fly home. It was ... read more
Daisy Deux looking on
Entering deadwood
Original tombstone

North America » United States » South Dakota » Deadwood June 17th 2012

Time to recap the past 48 hours or so! On Thursday, I attended a meeting for Green and Gold Days (Orientation/Welcome Week) and agreed to help my supervisor with some projects for that, coming up with new ideas, etc. Then, I attended a "Garden Party" lunch where the campus garden intern and the director of food services talked about the campus garden, plans for that, healthy eating, and new ideas for the fall semester. That afternoon, I helped weed in the campus garden for 2 hours, then I showered and took off for Deadwood to see my cousin! My cousin, Erin, was in Deadwood the past few days for a conference - at the end of the night, I still didn't really understand what type, so I'm just going to say some medical type conference and ... read more

North America » United States » South Dakota » Deadwood September 6th 2011

And you can just picture it! – marvellous. Lots of the original buildings have been restored or replicated following fires. If you ignore the sounvenir shop fronts and look up at the buildings you can see what it must have been like originally. They even have cut out figures in the top windows of some of the saloon/gambling houses! For those of you who like us watched the tv series Deadwood, The Gem even has the balcony out front overlooking main street where Ian McShane used to sit! Seth Bullock’s Hotel is still there. We went up to Mt. Moriah cemetery and saw the graves of Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane and her friend the ‘madam’. Bit disullsiouned to find out that Calamity Jane and Wild Bill didn’t really know each other, I much prefer the ... read more

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