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Custer City is the oldest town in the Black Hills and visitors can take in some of the area’s oldest buildings at the Custer County 1881 Courthouse Museum. It chronicles the history from General Custer’s expeditions to the area in 1874, through the gold rush era and to the modern day. The museum is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
There are numerous opportunities to see the Wild West, and while not as gritty as HBO’s “Deadwood” (these are a bit tamer in the language), they’ll offer a look at what the west was really like and how it was really won. D&B Productions are producers of Wild West Shootouts for private parties and functions, while a whole town is brought to life with the Four Mile Old West Town. It includes more than 50 buildings, live reenactments and a chuck wagon to let you sample food as it would have been served 120 years ago.
To get another side of the hills, head over to the National Presidential Wax Museum, which houses a large collection of past presidents and other world leaders, recreating key moments in history. The museum is open from April 1 to October 31. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, children age six to 12 are $7 and under age six are free.The art of the region can be seen at the National Museum of Woodcarving , which includes a carving studio, museum gallery and gift shop. Admission to the museum is $7.50 per person. Admission to the gift shop is free.