City of Deadwood


Imagine an entire city on the National Historic Register. What you'll see in Deadwood today is a careful, accurate restoration of a historically significant city. Deadwood's extensive Victorian architecture is unique to the West. While the gold rush of 1876 brought the likes of Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane, it also provided the wealth to construct a thriving commercial center in the heart of the Black Hills of South Dakota.

In 1986, Deadwood citizens formed the "Deadwood U Bet" organization and advocated legalized limited stakes gaming to increase tourism and generate historic preservation funds. Legalized gaming in Deadwood began on November 1, 1989. Gaming over the past fourteen years has revitalized Deadwood's tourism industry and provided significant funds for city government activities and historic preservation. Significant City infrastructure improvements have been made in a short time frame, and today Deadwood is the largest historic restoration project in the United States.
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