Life in Deadwood, SD

Our friends who have visited the Dakotas recommended a stop at the famous Corn Palace in Mitchell.  It’s covered entirely in corn cobs, with a yearly redecoration and theme change; this year is “Remember When.”

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We stayed in a historic bed and breakfast, with some great hosts: Laura and Dustin.  They own this gem of a home in Deadwood, just down the hill from Mount Moriah Cemetery.  We enjoyed their company (Doctor Who fans!), Laura’s delicious breakfasts, and the company of their sweet cats.

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Our fabulous B&B, The 1899 Inn.

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Minou snuggles up, at the foot of our bed.

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Laura’s weather forecasts brought a smile to our faces!

The town of Deadwood is a treat for the eyes – the entire place is a National Historic Landmark.  It is the well-known site of Wild Bill Hickock’s murder during a poker game, and the source of the “Dead Man’s Hand” in poker: aces and eights.

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“Downtown”

Casinos line the streets, and the wild west theme is all around.

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As seen in a Deadwood casino.

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Deadwood from above.  We fell in love with this charming town.

One day, we hiked up the STEEP hill to Mount Moriah Cemetery, the final resting place of some of the most famous outlaws of the old west, including Wild Bill and Calamity Jane.

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We also braved the crowds to visit the nearby Mount Rushmore.  We knew those faces were carved into a mountainside, but, wow – the scale is staggering.
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Wait a minute – who’s that handsome young one?

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George, as viewed from below.

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The surrounding woods were quite lovely.

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Taken in the parking lot: these people know how to have fun. How many bikes and big wheels can you see?

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Can you find the president?

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Zoomed in on G-dub. The little boxes atop his head are seismographs, monitoring the integrity of the rock that forms his face.

Not ones to pass up a good cave tour, we headed south to explore Wind Cave National Park.

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This interesting box-like structure was formed by minerals and water leaking down through rock. Eventually, these leaks were preserved, and the rock that shaped them broke away, leaving the structure you see here.

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The wind coming out of this cave entrance blew the hat off of the head of one of its discoverers.

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A herd of wild bison roam the hills surrounding Wind Cave. This guy was using the information sign as a handy back-scratcher.

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Baby Bison!

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Just another gathering of the storm gods. The only hail damage we sustained during this whole year was in South Dakota.

Just down the street from our B&B is the Adams House, a historical snapshot into life in 1930’s Deadwood.  When her husband died in 1934, Mary Adams locked the door, leaving all possessions and decorations intact.  While it has undergone some preservation work, much of the home is exactly as it was – down to the stale cookies in a jar in the kitchen.  Unfortunately, photography was not allowed inside, but here are some exterior details:

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The wooden decor on the front porch (note the sine wave).

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The Adams House.

Beautiful hikes were to be had at Custer State Park, home of some breathtaking views and a few more buffalo.
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Amen.

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These cabins are available for rent at Custer – next time!

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And on to the Badlands

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Eric scrambled down among the hills.

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Mountain goats!

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We had a lovely weeklong stay, though, it could have been longer.  As we left, we visited Devil’s Tower National Monument.

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This gargantuan monolith surprisingly sprouts from the surrounding hills, which smell of lavender, incidentally.

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This means something.

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Note the sizes of the grooves, compared to the surrounding trees.

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Three climbers atop the stone.

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Prairie dogs kept us entertained, with their adorable antics.

The Museum of Geology at the School of Mines and Technology is a must-see attraction.

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Eric contemplates life.

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Some great fossils have been found in the Dakotas.

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Check out those phalanges!

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Also in Rapid City, Art Alley is a thing of beauty.

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“Exterminate!”

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Oh, I almost forgot to mention: Eric enjoyed some good road riding around Deadwood.  Just watch out for all the motorcycles, visiting Sturgis!

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One Response to “Life in Deadwood, SD”
  1. Chuck Briner says:

    Hello Neighbors! Where arrrrrrrrrrrrre you??? [?] Just wondering???? Is the year almost up, or are you going to make it a lifelong trip? Love you both. c&c

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