Deadwood History Link

On May 14-16, 2010, the Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission along with the Adams Museum & House, Inc., the Case Library at Black Hills State University and the Days of ’76 Museum, Inc. are hosting the eighth annual Deadwood Historic Preservation Symposium, entitled Inclement Changes: Disasters that Changed the Black Hills.

Monday, 02 May 2005 05:55

Methodist Park

Deadwood’s new Methodist Memorial Park at the corner of Shine and Williams Streets is now complete, and has already been the site of community events. During December the park was used for a Christmas lighting ceremony, and on March 27th a congregation of Methodists gathered for a sunrise service on Easter Sunday. 

Thursday, 28 April 2005 05:54

Old Cemetery Sees New Improvements

Mount Moriah Cemetery is one of Deadwood’s most popular landmarks, drawing hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. When a three-year, $3.5 million restoration was completed in 2003, it not only helped make this historical landmark more accessible, but it helped protect it against the wear and tear that throngs of tourists naturally bring.

Tuesday, 26 April 2005 05:54

Signs Honor Deadwood's Jews

Deadwood’s early history is flavored with legendary names like Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane and Seth Bullock. But many local Deadwood residents also recognize names like Sol Star, Sol Levinson and Nathan Franklin. These men were among Deadwood’s first civic leaders, visionary businessmen and affluent citizens. Many Main Street businesses – such as the Franklin Hotel and the Levinson Block, home to the Old Style Saloon #10 – still bear their names. Though they came from varied backgrounds and led different lives, they had at least one thing in common: a shared Jewish heritage.

Wednesday, 20 April 2005 05:53

Deadwood's Ogden House

When retired art professor Lynn Namminga began to restore his home in Deadwood’s historic Presidential District a decade ago, he made a small wooden sign to place in the yard announcing the start of the renovations. In large letters at the center of the sign he painted the name of the home: OGDEN HOUSE. When a pair of older passerbys misread the sign and began to investigate his front porch and entryway, Namminga graciously took them on a tour of his property. 

Thirteen historic sites throughout South Dakota will receive almost $225,000 in aid this year for projects including stained glass window rehabilitation and roof replacement, thanks to the Outside Deadwood Grant program funded by the Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission.

On April 1- 3, 2005, the Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission will be presenting the Third Annual Deadwood Historic Preservation Symposium. Previous symposia have focused on Chinese Archeology and History in the West and Mining Architecture and Technology. This year’s symposium will focus on Historic Western Cemeteries, and is supported and cosponsored by the Leland Case Library at Black Hills State University and the Adams House and Museum.

Mary Ellen Casey’s home is hard to miss. The pink house (accented with purple and white), built about 126 years ago, is perched directly above Main Street on Deadwood’s Forest Hill. The home itself is beautifully restored, inside and out, and its distinctive switchback stairs and terraced retaining walls are scheduled for replacement this spring. But, Casey says, none of it would have been possible without the grant and loan programs available to Deadwood residents from the Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission.

Deadwood’s famed Mount Moriah Cemetery has long been valued by the town’s residents as a community treasure. But city officials had no idea how strongly people felt about Deadwood’s lesser-known historic burial ground – Saint Ambrose’s Cemetery – until they announced restoration plans in the last edition of the HistoryLink newsletter.

The Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission has set aside funds for the construction of a new museum. In this regard, the commission has initiated a request for proposal, which follows:

Tuesday, 01 June 2004 05:49

June 2004 News Briefs

From stories of buried gold to unsolved murders, the Black Hills of the gold rush era is full of legend and lore. In an effort to help people separate the facts from the fiction, the Adams Museum is going to launch a series of 45 minute Mythstory Tours, interpretive programs centered around some of the Black Hills’ most notorious tall tales. Tours will be given by appointment only, Monday through Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM, Labor Day through Memorial Day. Visit for more information about the exact launch date.

The Historic Deadwood-Lead Arts Council and the Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission announced today the opening of a visual arts contest themed around Black Hills legends Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane.

After months of intense national marketing campaigns, HBO’s western drama Deadwood debuted to 5.8 million viewers on March 21, making it the most-watched initial episode of any HBO series. The show was quickly renewed by the network for a second season, and since then it has drawn a regular audience of about five million, making it one of the highest-rated programs on cable television.

Monday, 10 May 2004 05:45

Old Deadwood Comes to Life

Visitors to Deadwood invariably ask where historic Deadwood is. They are looking for the false front wooden buildings, canvas tents and boardwalks portrayed in movies and on television, particularly in HBO’s new dramatic series, Deadwood. Many are surprised to learn that the Deadwood of their imagination burned down in 1879 and that today’s Deadwood is the historic Deadwood, dating from 1879-1880.

Thursday, 06 May 2004 05:44

Changes for the Trial of Jack McCall

The Trial of Jack McCall is a true Deadwood historic artifact. It is a fictional recreation of the trial by a miners’ court of Jack McCall for the murder of Wild Bill Hickok.

Historic Sites across South Dakota received a boost in confidence and funding recently when the Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission announced the final list of projects that will receive money as part of the 2004 Outside Deadwood Grant program.

Friday, 05 March 2004 04:42

Where Is Old Deadwood?

The second most common question among visitors to Deadwood (number one being “where are the bathrooms?”) is “where is old Deadwood?” Many visitors are looking for the Deadwood portrayed in the new HBO series Deadwood, old movies and illustrated in the history books. Deadwood is pictured as a rough and tumble mining camp made up of one-and-two story wood and canvas buildings, boardwalks and mud streets. The visitors are looking for the buildings and characters that made Deadwood a distinctive early western frontier/mining town.

Prominent national experts in the fields of mining architecture and technology will gather at the Masonic Temple in Deadwood March 26-28 for the Mining, Architecture & Technology Conference. This is the second annual Deadwood History Conference, co-sponsored by the Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission, the Adams Museum and the Case Library at Black Hills State University. There will be round-table discussions and presentations by a number of scholars from around the country. Featured speakers include:

Saturday, 31 January 2004 21:39

HistoryLink Connects Past With Present

The Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission has launched a comprehensive new campaign intended to promote the community’s history and heritage, link historic sites and provide a “map” of historic preservation efforts in Deadwood and around South Dakota.

Gaming is the economic engine that drives modern-day Deadwood. History is the soul of the machine. Given the multiple opportunities to gamble in the upper Midwest, many of them much more convenient to large population centers, Deadwood needs to attract its audience with something other than convenient gaming.

HBO’s new western drama “Deadwood” is set to debut March 21 on one of America’s most popular television channels, sources close to the production say.

Wednesday, 31 December 2003 17:00

Benefits of Gaming Ripple Through State

Deadwood gaming may have created more than 2,000 jobs in northern Black Hills and spurred preservation of one of south Dakota’s most unique historical treasures, but its true impact is being felt throughout the state. From Yankton to Sisseton and Sioux Falls to Rapid City, the positive effects of Deadwood gaming are rippling though South Dakota.