Thursday, September 24, 2009

Today was another gorgeous day with highs in the low 70’s (about 22C) depending on where we were.

Today we took a trip to Deadwood, burial place of Wild Bill Hitchcock and Calamity Jane - it was a pretty drive, about 50 miles from Hill City, through very scenic countryside. I decided to give John a break today and did the driving, hence no pictures of along the way.

When we got there we drove about a bit then parked in the municipal parking garage while we did a walk about. We wandered along the main street and through a couple of stores then decided to take a tour of Deadwood.

The tour guide was very informative and gave lots of local facts as well as telling the true story of Wild Bill and Calamity Jane, all of which was very interesting. We went to Mt. Moriah cemetery, the burial place for Wild Bill and Calamity Jane as well as many other local Deadwood dignitaries.

Buffalo Bill & Calamity Jane's Burial Plots

Mt. Moriah Cemetery

View of Deadwood from Cemetery

Diamond Lil's


Deadwood got its claim to fame during the Black Hills Gold Rush and is now a huge gambling town since gambling became legal in 1898. Most of the buildings on Main Street are casinos – incredible. We had lunch at Diamond Lil’s, which is owned by Kevin Costner and the restaurant walls are covered with his memorabilia. The restaurant is on the 3rd level, with the first two having slot machines and gaming tables.

We came back through Rapid City and checked on the truck and with any kind of luck it will be ready late tomorrow afternoon.

It was after 6 when we got home and now that dinner is over it will soon be time to hit the sack. And so ends another great gift of a day and we look forward to another nice day tomorrow.

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