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“Not the Deadwood of Old”
Review of Historic Old Town

Historic Old Town
Reviewed July 23, 2013

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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Reviewed July 22, 2013

We were a little disappointed in the "new" look of the town. Gone were the wooden sidewalks and hitching posts and the modern era of casinos were everywhere. Gone was the wild old west. Yes it had been 40 years since we had been there, but we were hopping that for Deadwood, time would stand still. The front area of Saloon 10 was the same and we enjoyed the melodrama of the assassination of Wild Bill. We were even allowed to bring our small dog in, of course she was in a pooch pouch. Many of the buildings remained the same, just had slot machines everywhere.

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Reviewed July 22, 2013

We went to Deadwood because my parents told us it was a must see. We have 2 little kids (4 and 6) and we got there just after 5. They have shootouts in the evening which were cool to see. They follow the shooting of Wild Bill Hickock and the capture and trial of John McCall. We went to the trial. It cost money to get in but wasn't bad. I think it was $13 for our family of 4. It started at 8 in the evening. It was a blast! They brought the little kids up to be jury members and one of them was the Sheriff. We laughed and laughed. Very cool. As far as the town, there are a bunch of Casinos and not much else. We were glad we showed up when we did because we would have been bummed out without the shoot outs and trial.

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Reviewed July 22, 2013 via mobile

I lived walking deadwood! It was a cool rainy day but we had so much fun! Some of the stores are a bit out there but other than that it was great.

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Reviewed July 20, 2013

We picked up a walking tour pamphlet at the visitor center and set out on our self tour. The walking is easy--even though it was very hot that day we survived and enjoyed the old buildings with so much history. P.S.--there's a great ice cream shop you can visit as your reward!!

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