Welcome to part two of my new series The Auction Vacation. You can read part one here. We read about an auction in Rapid City and decided to make a vacation of it.
Today so I can join Jenny at Alphabet Thursday I'm sharing about a fun part of the trip in Deadwood, South Dakota.
For a little background information our family is a big fan of the movie Dances with Wolves (letter D) so when we realized where the auction was we were excited to visit some of the attractions around the area.
Deadwood is a historic town with a colorful past it was a gold rush town in the 1800’s.
Deadwood, being a typical gold camp, was inhabited by entrepreneurs, fortune seekers and those who just wanted to take advantage of the money that was floating around.Wild Bill Hickok was one of these fortune hunters. He came to Deadwood in June of 1876 and spent the next six weeks gambling. On August 2, 1876, he was shot in the back of the head by Jack McCall at the No. 10 Saloon.
The casinos are all located on the Main Street where you can take your chances at the slot machines or the card tables. Most of the casinos have restaurants that feature prime rib and buffalo on the menus or offer reasonably priced buffets.
The Midnight Star is just one of the gaming houses in town. This is what drew us to Deadwood
Since this was a family vacation we didn't try our hand at the gaming tables. But we had dinner
at the restaurant called Jake's. . .
We were told by the waiter that Kevin was in town but he didn't happen by while we were there. LOL.
I bet that's what they tell everyone. We enjoyed a very nice dinner. Steaks for the adults and Pasta for the kids.
The Midnight Star is filled with memorabilia . . .
Deadwood has lots of places to stay. If possible we like to stay in historic hotels or B&B's. Deadwood
has a lot to offer. We chose to stay a night at the historic Bullock Hotel.
The second night we stayed at the Martin Mason Hotel
There are some beautiful historic buildings in Deadwood . . .
Besides trying your luck at one of the casinos, you can visit Mount Moriah Cemetery, also known as Boot Hill, where Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane are buried. Take a city tour and learn all about the history of this frontier town and its other colorful inhabitants.
The Adams museum was an interesting place to visit.
In August Deadwood is a popular motorcyle enthusiast the Sturgis rally.
Deadwood has the look and feel of a frontier town. Walking down Main Street you can almost see what
it was like in the wild west during the gold rush.
We enjoyed our trip to Rapid City and the surrounding areas.
Our dream is to return to the area with our kids and the grandchildren. Maybe a Christmas trip?