Deadwood and Rapid City
09.09.2012 - 09.12.2012
Our next stop took us to the historic town of Deadwood, SD. If you have not seen the series of 'Deadwood' on DVD you should as it depicts the mining town from it's origins in the 1870's when gold was discovered there. The town sits in a gulch in the Black Hills with many of the original buildings, it is however a casino town so pretty commercialized.
The town of Deadwood.
After checking out a few of the saloons, we endeavored to walk up to the old cemetery that overlooks the city. It was a 1/2 mile or so hill climb up to see the grave stones of the ill fated Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane.
Mt. Moriah Cemetery
Wild Bill's grave; he was killed playing poker, shot from behind.
On the way back down the hill..
We made our way the next day to Rapid City where we turned in our California drivers licenses for our South Dakota DLs. We visited the Museum of Geology and checked out the downtown area.
Rapid City is called 'The City of Presidents' for its series of life-sized bronze statues along the street corners and walkways.
Graffiti tagged alleyway, downtown Rapid City.
We stayed 3 days at Hart Ranch Resort, a huge RV park, then it was on to Custer State Park.