Deadwood, SD (1/6)

Distance from Fargo-Moorhead: Approximately 485 miles

The True History of Deadwood

Though popular culture has somewhat bent Deadwood’s history to its own liking, the foundation of debauchery is very much accurate. Originally a literal gold mine, Deadwood was soon infested with outlaws and gunmen. Perhaps a few of the most famous characters who inhabited Deadwood were Calamity Jane, Wild Bill Hickok and Wyatt Earp. In fact, the legendary Wild Bill met his end in a gunfight in Deadwood. While some of this may sound too wild to believe, it is this nostalgia for the Wild West that keeps Deadwood alive to this day.

Why Travel to Deadwood?

The first major attraction in Deadwood is the history swirling around the area. There are several museums and places to learn about the town’s scandalous past. Along with that, you can go on guided walking tours led by the “original” townspeople.

If tours are not your thing, there are plenty of outdoor activities to take part in too. Deadwood is near Custer State Park and there is also off-road vehicle and horse rentals to take you through the unexplored portions of the town.

There are also several shops to pick up souvenirs or you can even have your Wild West picture taken. As they say, “You’ll always find something to do in Deadwood.”

Written by Nolan P. Schmidt

Nolan is the Editor of Fargo Monthly. Schmidt is also the Editor of Spotlight Media's Bison Illustrated and Future Farmer publications. He is originally from Bismarck, N.D. and is a proud graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead.

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