Blackhills South Dakota – Part 1

Early Deadwood Saloon
Early Deadwood Saloon

I’m setting here on an overcast cool day in the Black Hills and am trying to catch up on my posts.   I had to download lots of pictures and organize them, then decide how best to write about our experiences.  The Black Hills are located west of the Badlands and, in my opinion, really divided into north and south with Rapid City being the dividing line.   We headed north first and stayed at Elkhorn Ridge RV Resort (highly recommended) which seemed centrally located to the area.  Deadwood, Sturgis and Lead are three of the towns in the area.  Unfortunately we never made it to Lead, which is a historic gold mining town.  Consequently, I can’t comment too much on it other than the literature makes it seem like a worthwhile stop if you have the time.

Sturgis, South Dakota
Sturgis, South Dakota

Sturgis is best known, it seems, for it’s yearly motorcycle rally.  Being a former Harley owner, I can appreciate the draw of this event but I must admit that it’s probably a little over the top for me.  The town, however, does have a history that dates back to the 1800’s.  We did visit it and discovered that it was currently hosting a Ford Mustang rally.  We can confirm that it certainly has lots of bars and eateries to accommodate large crowds.  I believe that it is a place of interest and I would recommend at least one visit to “check it out” if you are in the area.

Sturgis Rally
Sturgis Rally

We found Deadwood to be the most interesting town in the area.  It’s history and current attractions made it a place that we returned  to a second time.  When you walk down the street, you can imagine what the “Old West” may have been like and Deadwood was one of the wildest.  The store fronts and interiors of many of the establishments take the visitor back in time.  Gambling is now legal again in Deadwood so most of the bars and hotels have slot machines with some of the larger one’s also having table games.  We tried our luck in a few places, but Deadwood got the better of us.  No surprise.

Main Street Deadwood
Main Street Deadwood
Stree Actors
Street Actors

If you do go to this town, make sure that you visit the Adams Museum.  It is fabulous in how it chronicles the history of Deadwood.  From Wild Bill Hickock to Calamity Jane they have the true story and artifacts to make your visit educational and interesting.

From Adams Museum
From Adams Museum
Calamity Jane fro Adams Museum
Calamity Jane fro Adams Museum
History of Deadwood from Adams Museum
History of Deadwood from Adams Museum

Believe it or not, there are also some great restaurants in the town too.  We enjoyed a great meal at the Franklin Hotel.  I have to say that the prices were reasonable, too, considering that this is a “tourist” area.  We also enjoyed the re-creations of the old west gun fights.  They have three each day at 2, 4 and 6 PM.  Each depicts a different incident at a different location on Main street in town.

Franklin Hotel
Franklin Hotel
Old West Gun Fight
Old West Gun Fight

In addition to the great restaurant in the Franklin Hotel, it is a great place to relax in the afternoon after walking up and down Main street.

Afternoon Drinks on the Veranda
Afternoon Drinks on the Veranda
Franklin Hotel Veranda
Franklin Hotel Veranda

Below are a couple more pictures from the town.

Lots of History
Lots of History
More History
More History

Now off to other “Great Places and Great Faces”!

 

2 thoughts on “Blackhills South Dakota – Part 1”

  1. That is a cool looking town. We will definitely go there next year! Hope you are having fun. I’d lie to know where you stay in the winter. Do you move around and what state is considered your domicile. Thanks for the info. I have more questions but will wait. Thank you again.

    1. We spend our winters in the Southeast for the most part. We won’t sell our house till Spring so Southeast Georgia north of Jacksonville is where we operate from. Last year we spent January in the Rio Grande Valley near Mission, TX. It was fun. Not quite as warm as Florida, but less expensive. We may try the Arizona desert one winter too, but seem partial to Florida.

      Safe Travels….

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