Haivng grown up visiting my grandparents and running the streets of Deadwood as a youngster in the mid 60s and early 70s before gambling came to town this is not the old town full of wild west history any longer. It has become little more than a tourist trap of casinos interlaced with some nice gift shops run by disgrntled unfriendly clerks who have obviously worked at their jobs far too long to remember what friendly customer service is or value the customers who make thier jobs possible. There are very few of the casinos that are actually "kid friendly" although there are some with exhibits and historical presentations to lure in customers - they are far to wrapped about hovering over your shoulder and constant harsh harping about the rules of kids not touching the machines or gaming tables to allow a family to enjoy their time in the facility, to include eating an overpriced meal during the daytime. It makes it hard to try and expose youngster and teens to what little is left of the history of the "wild west" time period. On a more postive note though the street docents and performers along with those working the old theater and mock trials are fantastic and go out of their way to share their knowledge with young and old alike - their patience seems endless and their friendliness boundless. They are true historians and artists. For those wanting to buy traditional Black Hills Gold jewelery we would suggest finding another source than Berg's Jewelers - two trips in on successive days were a bust with no one providing assistance and actually ignoring requests for help with a pair of clerks actually being put off to the point of insulting us as we tried to shop by letting us know how tired they wear of "tourists". Apparently most of the souvenier shop owners fail to abide by the new laws prohibiting additional "service fees" when using a debit card or holding to the legal limits of maximum additonal fees when using a credit card. The Seafood Buffet at the Franklin was average food at a reasonable price with fair service but the dining room is extremely noisey with the floors littered with dirty paper napkins and pieces of food and the chairs/tables covered with pieces of crab remmenants and buttery grease - half hearted effort cleaning and pick up between table seating of customers. Service and food at the Howling Hawg were great and one place that kids were king. The actors/actress playing Clamity Jane, the Town Marshall and Wild Bill were the hit of the trip both in the Old Saloon Number 10 reenactment of Wild Bill's assasinatiion, the street gun fights and the story telling.
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