Monday, January 21, 2008

MWA Roadtrip - Deadwood, South Dakota

I am leaving today for another Ms. Wheelchair America Roadtrip...

I'll be heading to Deadwood, South Dakota, for the 29th Annual Ski for Light event, where I will be hitting the slopes with other skiiers with disabilities. I am really excited to try out the trails in the Black Hills to see how they compare with New England's. Wish me luck!

Deadwood puts you in the middle of history. The entire city of Deadwood is a national historic landmark. Authentic re-creation of turn-of-the-century street lamps light the way through accurately, carefully restored architecture. The famous and infamous have left their marks here in this one-of-a-kind Wild West town.

The city of Deadwood in the Black Hills of Western South Dakota was incorporated 1876. The city was named for the dead trees that were found in the narrow canyon (Deadwood Gulch).

Industries include gold mining and lumbering; tourism is also important to the economy. Of interest are an old gold mine where you can try "panning for gold", several historical museums, a cemetery containing the graves of Wild Bill Hickok (who was killed here) and Calamity Jane, and many historic hotels and saloons. The city was founded following the discovery of gold here in 1876. Reached by railroad in 1891, the city developed as a trading center for the northern Black Hills region. In 1989, limited-wage gambling was legalized in Deadwood to rejuvenate tourism.