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“Gunfights ALL can enjoy”
Review of Deadwood Alive

Deadwood Alive
Ranked #2 of 13 Fun & Games in Deadwood
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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 Temple 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 23, 2017.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children
Reviewed July 14, 2014

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.

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Deadwoodrose, Board Member at Deadwood Alive, responded to this reviewResponded July 19, 2014

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.

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Reviewed July 8, 2014

We timed our visit so that we could catch these shows. What a waste.
The shows are exaggerated with humor that will appeal to 5 yr olds. It's a great show for little kids and includes them. The actors are enthusiastic and do include historical tidbits but for anyone over 10, it is pretty lame and boring.
It could be so much more but it was sadly disappointing.

1  Thank Joann S
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Deadwoodrose, Board Member at Deadwood Alive, responded to this reviewResponded July 10, 2014

Thank you for taking time to review Deadwood Alive. We are very sorry the shows did not meet your expectations. We (Deadwood Alive board) will discuss this with our manager and see how we can better improve our shows.

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Reviewed July 7, 2014

Great Job by all, Spent the whole day and got to see everything, went to the trial the night we arrived and ended up following them around and watching all the shows the next day. More interested in the history of deadwood than gambling and they kept my 15 and 13 yr old entertained all day GREAT JOB!!

1  Thank David L
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Deadwoodrose, Board Member at Deadwood Alive, responded to this reviewResponded July 10, 2014

It was really great to read your review! It's nice to know your family was entertained and enjoyed the Trial of Jack McCall and the shootouts. Thank you.

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Reviewed July 7, 2014

If you can catch one of their shows while you are in Deadwood, please do! They put on a great show. We saw one of the shoot outs in the street. They set up in minutes, do their 10 minute or so show, and take down just as quickly, so there is minimal disruption. The cowboys are great to see walking the streets and really does make the place feel alive.

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Deadwoodrose, Board Member at Deadwood Alive, responded to this reviewResponded July 10, 2014

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. Our historic reenactors take their jobs seriously, and enjoy interacting with our visitors. They truly enjoy performing!

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Reviewed July 4, 2014 via mobile

love love love this. We have been going for 4 year and enjoy every time they do one of the street show. They give a little bit of history with every show. The kids love to be part of the show. They also put on a great music show during the day. They are a great group of men and some n to put on such a wonderful performance. I think everyone should stop and see them. Take a step back in the wild west and see the history.

1  Thank Jodi56257
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Deadwoodrose, Board Member at Deadwood Alive, responded to this reviewResponded July 10, 2014

Thank you for your wonderful and enthusiastic review of Deadwood Alive! We hope to see you again next year.

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