I like Road Trips! Especially when legally driving 80 MPH on the Interstates! This is along I-90, heading west toward our next adventure at Deadwood, SD. Yes, Deadwood is a REAL place, not just a dream spun by HBO writers.
Named for all the dead trees found in its gulch, Deadwood was originally on land granted to the Native Americans in 1868. Once gold was found there, people didn't seem to care whose land it was. Prospectors, along with gamblers, prostitutes and gunmen arrived and an outlaw town began. Well that was the 1870's and the Black Hills Gold Rush, triggered by General George Custer from gold found along French Creek, was fully and roughly underway.
I'm not a gambler, so my interest to go there was the downtown Adams Museum and the Midnight Star, Kevin Costner's bar, restaurant and gambling hall which also holds a collection of Costner's movie memorabilia.
|Adams Museum from US 85|
|Corner building on Sherman Street, love the hand cut stonework|
|Main Street looking north|
|I love these Ghost Signs|
|And this Ghost Sign across the street from Midnight Star|
|The Silverado Hotel and Gambling Hall|
|Funny, seeing Deadwood painted on the water tower|
Afterward we walked around Deadwood, enjoying the older preserved buildings and architecture. We tried to find the historic Mount Moriah cemetery above town, but got lost on the very steep streets.
Our time was up. From Deadwood, we drove west/south on US 85 through the Black Hills National Forest. The clear view and steep drop from the forested mountains all the way down to the plains at Four Corners was awesome! We drove through the big empty again all the way back to Lusk, where we turned west onto US 18. One town we passed through was Shawnee, which except for one resident, was abandoned.
At I-25 we drove south back to Castle Rock, arriving around 9:30 PM. There is one more chapter of this Road Trip coming next week.
Deadwood is located on US 85. From Rapid City, go west on I-90 to exit 17 and go south on US 85 which becomes Main Street in town.