Deadwood, South Dakota
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Deadwood, SD

 

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Deadwood is touristy. There are no two ways about it. But this once gold camp, all of which is a National Historic Landmark, merits a visit nonetheless. Outlaws, gamblers and prospectors, such as Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane, made this rough and tumble town a Wild West legend. See a shoot out on Main Street. Watch the mock Trial of Jack McCall in the Deadwood Theatre. And should the kids tire of the Old West take to the trails. Hike or bike, all or part, of the 110-mile George S. Mickelson Trail. Ride horseback at a Wild West ranch. There's more than gambling and gold in them thar hills.
 
Calamity Jane
Calamity Jane, born Martha Jane Canary in Princeton, Missouri on May 1, 1852, was a formidable character. She was a frontierswoman and professional scout. Calamity Jane wore men's clothing and was foulmouthed. She got her nickname and first fame for fighting Native Americans. Calamity Jane chewed tobacco and was handy with a gun. She nursed smallpox patients in Deadwood, South Dakota. Calamity Jane was a horse rider in Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show. She drank like a fish. And while its unclear if her daughter Jane was Wild Bill's offspring, she was surely of pal of this Wild West icon.
 

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