Sunday, April 24, 2016

South Dakota Ghost Towns


Saturday, April 23, 2016

Deadwood, South Dakota

For the majority of  our trip, our home base was the historic old west gambling town of Deadwood
One of Deadwood's most famous citizens was James Butler Hickok, more commonly known as "Wild Bill".  On August 2nd, 1876, Wild Bill was shot while playing a game of poker in Saloon No. 10.  In his hand were a  pair of aces and a pair of eights. No one is quite sure what his 5th card was.
T'his is where the saying "deadman's hand" originated. 

Another colorful character was  Martha Jane Canary, more widely known as "Calamity Jane". She was a great storyteller and one of stories was about her great love affair with Wild Bill. Historians have discounted this as just a tall tale but the fact remains that Calamity Jane is buried next to Wild Bill in Mount Moriah Cementery

Deadwood 3Deadwood 1 Deadwood2

Make sure you check out the photo gallery for more South Dakota pics! 

Deadwood and the legend of Wild Bill totally captured our imaginations. We are lucky enough to own some property with a barn in northern Missouri. Which brings me to our next project which was a 7 month labor of love. 

Coming next......How We Built Our Own Wild West Town!

Friday, April 22, 2016

Deadwood, Sturgis, and Spearfish


The last leg of our trip brought us to Deadwood where we stayed for the remainder of our trip. From there we took a day trip to Sturgis and the beautiful area of Spearfish. Dennis and I are not motorcycle people, but being so close we had to visit the famous town of Sturgis. It was off season and the town that can grow to tens of thousands of people was very quiet. Most of the bars were closed. So we took a quick tour of the town, stopped at the Knuckle
Saloon for lunch, then continued on to Spearfish.

Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway

Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway is a spectacular 22 mile drive. Bridal Veil Falls and Roughlock Falls were two of the highlights of the drive. Roughlock Falls was the favorite. There were plenty of places to take photos and a nice trail that took you down to the bottom of the falls and Spearfish Creek. 

Roughlock Falls Bridal Veil Falls Spearfish Creek

Coming up next.......Deadwood!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

South Dakota Photo Gallery


Needles Highway, Iron Mountain Road, and Mount Rushmore

The next leg of our trip on the beautiful Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway took us through the incredible Needles Highway, Iron Mountain Road and up to Mount Rushmore.
Needles Highway or Easter Island?

The Needles Highway is 14 mile miracle of engineering. It's name comes from the granite spires that rise up all along the roadway. Tunnels number 5 and 6 are also on the Needles Highway. #5 is only 8'4" high and 12' wide and #6 is only 9'wide and 12'3" high! Not much room even for our truck!!

See photo galley for more pictures of our South Dakota road trip!

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Custer State Park's Pronghorns

                                                        Beautiful Pronghorns