Deadwood Alive
Deadwood Alive
4.5
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12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Monday
12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday
12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday
12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Thursday
12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Friday
12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Saturday
12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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Witness the infamous trial of the man who killed Wild Bill Hickok. Six nights a week (no shows on Sundays). The capture of Jack McCall takes place in front of the Old Style Saloon No. 10 At 7:35 PM. The Trial of Jack McCall takes place at the historic Masonic Lodge next to the Silverado at 8:00 PM. Shootouts and entertaining shows with the Deadwood Alive troupe throughout the day, starting at 1:45 on Deadwood's Main Street, Memorial Day weekend - September 26, 2020.
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  • Kari J
    Perham, Minnesota64 contributions
    Street Shoot Outs!
    We left our home in Minnesota early enough to catch the first shoot out by Deadwood Alive. The shoot outs are unexpectedly loud and very immersive! Very cool to see what things would've been like in the late 1800's in Deadwood. The play at the end of the night 'The Trial of Jack McCall' is an experience to be had. The actors are witty and funny and choose unsuspecting audience members to take part in the play! My husband and I really enjoyed it and would definitely recommend others to see, and take part, as well.
    Hello Kari. Thank you so much for taking the time to share this 5-star review with us. We love hearing how much you enjoyed Deadwood Alive's shootouts and the Trial of Jack McCall. It’s wonderful to know we did a good job selecting unsuspecting audience members to participate in the Trial. Thanks for the wonderful recommendation!
    Written July 6, 2022
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    Written June 20, 2022
  • Disneybus
    Pittsgrove, New Jersey732 contributions
    Two aces and two eights are not enough! Great performances
    We watched the first part of the evening saga, from Wild Bill dealing cards, Jack McCall's shooting of Bill, to McCall's capture on Main street. We did miss Jack's trial. We loved the skits and performances including the interaction with the crowd. Bill's card playing companions were kids from the audience. The #10 Saloon really bought the saga to life. The show is perfect to reflect the Deadwood story and mystic of Wild Bill and characters.
    Thank you for your wonderful comments about watching the shooting of Wild Bill Hickok inside the Saloon No. 10. We truly appreciate your visit to Deadwood and hope you can catch the Shootouts and the Trial of Jack McCall the next time you come to Deadwood.
    Written July 27, 2021
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    Written July 3, 2021
  • Chris W
    Saint Joseph, Minnesota93 contributions
    Stagecoach Ride
    We had seen the shootouts and the trial before. Those are a definite must see when you are in Deadwood. But this time we did the stagecoach ride on Main Street. This is a must do also. You learn about the history of the stagecoach and have a small feel for what people went through back in the day. It was a fun time on it.
    Thank you for your comments about the Trial of Jack McCall and the shootouts by the Deadwood Alive actors. We are super pleased you were able to take a stagecoach tour this time! It's been a great addition to Deadwood Alive and what we offer to the public.
    Written June 22, 2021
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    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 13, 2021
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KJ
Saint Paul, MN9 contributions
Jun 2021
Me and my sister wanted to experience the stagecoach ride but the temperature the day we stopped in was nearly 100 degrees and for the safety of the horses rides were not being offered. Completely understandable! We returned the next morning only to be entertained by “the sisters”! No, not sisters in the religious sense, but two siblings who were so darn funny that I just had to mention them! They helped us get a seat on the stagecoach and the ride was great fun. We are still chuckling over the sisters.......maybe it’s because they remind us of an older version of ourselves, I don’t know.......but they unknowingly provided a little extra something to our visit!
Written June 20, 2021
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We are so glad you were able to take a stagecoach tour of Deadwood. Sally and her sister are hilarious! Thank you for your wonderful feedback.
Written June 22, 2021
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Angie
1 contribution
Jun 2022 • Family
On our trip to the Black Hills, we stopped in Deadwood and were "utterly" delighted to stumble upon Deadwood Alive. Our 5yo daughter was chosen to be juror #3 and to say she was excited would be an understatement. The guys (actors) were so sweet to her. It is something she will always remember, and a memory her dad and I will cherish. Some of her concerns before going on stage: will they shoot me? Do I say "did you kill that guy or not" and "welcome to the show." Needless to say, her performance was hysterical. The actors did such a great job, so funny and sweet. A priceless memory, thank you all so much!!
Written June 12, 2022
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Wow, Angela, it’s awesome to hear how much you, your daughter, and your husband enjoyed your visit to the Trial of Jack McCall. I can’t tell you how much it means for us to hear that this will be a priceless memory for all of you. The Deadwood Alive reenactors work so hard to entertain all of Deadwood's guests, but especially the children and their families.
Written July 6, 2022
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Laura F
36 contributions
Sep 2021 • Family
We drove to deadwood for the 6pm shootout. Couldn’t hear AT ALL so it ended up being sort of lame. Could be so awesome with more action, better mikes. I hope they will give it a reboot. What I understood of the plot was thin, but based on reality??? NEW PLOT. 5 ppl polled: 1, 1, 1, 3.5, 3. Potential 5 star event though.
Written September 5, 2021
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Thank you for your feedback, Laura. We sincerely apologize that the mics and sound were not good. I will share your review with the executive director and the programming committee and see what we can do to improve the experience. We appreciate your visit to Deadwood and hope to see you again.
Written November 3, 2021
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Audra C
Vineland, NJ582 contributions
Aug 2020 • Family
It lasted for ten minutes but was free and really cool. My husband loves guns, I love history and acting, and this combined all 3 in one! We didn't have enough time to stay for the trial of Jack McCall due to our parking permit time going to expire, but the shoot out was awesome. Where can you get a show like this for free? A must see in Deadwood
Written September 6, 2020
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Thank you for your wonderful review! We are so pleased you had time to take in a shootout. Hopefully next time we can get you a better parking situation so you can stay and see the Trial of Jack McCall. We do hope to see you in Deadwood again.
Written September 8, 2020
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Gazinda
Boise, ID18 contributions
Jul 2020
A fun time! If you are here for a Wild West experience this is a don’t miss. Start with the shooting of Wild Bill at the number 10 saloon followed by the arrest of Jack McCall which are free and fun! You need a ticket for the trial which can be purchased ahead or at the door. It is an audience participation too if you are so inclined.
Written July 15, 2020
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Thanks for the great review!
Written August 5, 2020
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mlorahga
Augusta, GA1,493 contributions
Sep 2020
Started my day in Deadwood with a stagecoach ride and tour and shootout on Main Street. Deadwood was a thriving gold mining town in the late 1800’s. This attraction is part of Deadwood Alive which also includes historic recreation shootouts on the street. A very unique way to tour the city.
Written November 13, 2020
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Thank you for your great review, Mark. We are so pleased to hear you enjoyed the stagecoach ride and the shootouts on Main Street. We hope to see you back in Deadwood sometime!
Written June 7, 2021
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visitorlives
23 contributions
Jul 2014 • Family
This is a great way to spend the day and evening in Deadwood that isn't gambling. They have something going on almost every half hour during the day which really helps as there isn't a lot to do in Deadwood during the day for families and just as entertaining for people without kids. I live in the area and always bring my family and friends to Deadwood when they visit.

I was surprised to read the one review that said it was just for kids. Obviously, they didn't watch all the gunfights or the trial or they wouldn't have said that.

People should definitely spend the day in Deadwood to watch all these shows. They do them every day but I don't think they do them on Sundays. All the shows during the day are free, and the trial of Jack McCall show cost $5 for adults (seniors and kids were less) but it was worth the money.

You can almost spend the day following these actors around as they are almost always doing a show. Calamity Jane tells stories and is wonderful to listen too.

Gunfights
• They have 4 street gunfights during the day that are based on what really happened back in the early days.
• Before the gunfights, the sheriff asks for the little kids to come out and he swears them in which gets the kids excited and their parents, too. You can tell he likes kids. The majority of the crowd laughs and smiles at watching this. From what I understand, there weren’t a lot of street gunfights back in those days.
• Every gunfight is different, and the actors are pretty darn good.
• They explain who was involved in the gunfights and what really happened so they do tell history.

The Jack McCall trial is at 8:00 PM and only an hour long.
• Some of the actors are musicians and they play some great songs in the minutes leading up to the play and near the end.
• They said that it is based on the actual trial which I am sure is pretty dry so I appreciate their adding a little humor to keep us alert.
• They include kids to sit on stage as jury members which help them keep entertained and paying attention.
• Audience members are picked to read the parts of the witnesses.
• While we were leaving I heard several people comment it was the best time they had that day.
• The actors greet you at the door and tell you thanks.
• It's a hidden treasure in that town.

Saloon 10 show
• Watching the show about Wild Bill getting shot was good, but the place is too crowded and noise from the machines and the music in the bar area were distracting.
• Too many people had to stand to watch, but the show lasted less than 30 minutes.
• Wild Bill has to scream for everyone to hear what he says.
• Also, I didn't like the recorded story playing in the background. It would be better without it.

If you want to see blood and guts, go watch an R rated western at home. If you want to learn a little history and get entertained at the same time, then definitely watch their shows.
Written July 14, 2014
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Thank you kindly for your review of the Deadwood Alive shootouts and Trial of Jack McCall! We believe it is great entertainment for both children and adults, so thank you for making that clear in your review.
Written July 19, 2014
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Hilary M
Dallas, Texas132 contributions
Aug 2015 • Family
We were skeptical about how this hour long show would be for our family including 5 and 8 year olds, but we all loved it. I would avoid Deadwood in the future except for this one bright spot. The town is otherwise not very suitable for children.
Written August 15, 2015
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Thank you for your very positive review of Deadwood Alive on TripAdvisor. We are always happy to read how much children enjoy the Trial of Jack McCall. Thank you for your visit.
Written August 26, 2015
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Stephanie N
Talbott, TN6 contributions
May 2014 • Family
This is the best $5 I have ever spent! If traveling to Deadwood, The Trial of Jack McCall is a must see. The show is wildly entertaining for all ages. My only regret is that we only had time to see it once!
Written June 9, 2014
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Thank you for taking time to review the Trial of Jack McCall. The Deadwood Alive troupe enjoys performing, and we are grateful it shows!
Written June 16, 2014
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Jason T
Pigeon Forge, TN243 contributions
Sep 2020 • Couples
Great little town local theater and actors. Small town atmosphere in a Masonic theatre. Well done and would recommend going if your in town. Very interactive with guests and they maintained social distancing.
Written September 5, 2020
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We truly appreciate your very kind review. We are happy you enjoyed the theatre and the Trial of Jack McCall. Thank you for your recommendation too!
Written September 8, 2020
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