Friday, June 27, 2008

This lady that works in the gift shop is showing Sandy a dog that sings "Born to be Wild". She thought it would go well on the Gold Wing .

Superman and his family from Nebraska are heading out for a morning ride in the Black Hills

Side Street in Deadwood.
Deadwood is FULL of casino's, bars, taverns, clubs, restaurants, cafe's, hotels, and a whole bunch of tourist traps But, it's all very interesting and exciting.
This was our first destination, we went inside and "read all about it"
This Cherry wood Bar Back was made in Indiana by the Brunswick Company. There are 2 of these in South Dakota, but they aren't sure where the other one is. It was moved here in the Mid- 1800's.
This is the table that Wild Bill Hickock was sitting when he was shot
The table in the above photo was in this room, in this position when the murder happened. They have recently put up this paneling and added a lot of information about the history of "Wild Bill" on the walls.

On August 2nd, 1876, nothing happened here at Mustang Sally's. At least that I know of.
Interesting sign on this restaurant.
The Franklin Hotel is still in business, but mostly as a casino
Mount Moriah Cemetery gift shop. This bear could be a VROC member.

The Cemetery is on the side of a hill. Skid is blazing the way to James Butler Hickock's (Will Bill) grave, I think he's using the GPS while Sandy and I are slowly dropping behind on the hills
After reading Larry McMurtry's book about Calamity Jane, this site was pretty interesting for me.
Wild Bill was laid to rest here. It's a long way from town. We were told that sometimes it took all day for a funeral party to get the deceased to the grave site, and many times they were laid to rest in lantern light.
The City of Deadwook from the hill.
The Adams house. Build for Seth Bullock, who was a friend and entertained President Teddy Roosevelt here several times.
This home was built for the Superintendant of the Homestake mine in the late 1930's. The fixtures in it were pure gold. Later owned by Kevin Kostner, now owned by someone else that rents it out for special occasions.
If the walk up here was any longer or steeper, Jim and I may not have made it back
One of the large hoists in the Homestake mine. One for the men that go down in a cage, the other is for the ore that comes up, it's called a Skip. Each cable was a mile long, expense to maintain these cables was amazing..... The motors were 1250 horse power, same size that drive a 180 foot Coast Guard Bouy Tender.
Before the mine went totally underground, this open pit was mined for years. Over a mile across at the top, and over 1200 feet deep.

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