Deadwood Jam 2014

Deadwood

deadwood jam lineup for 2014

Deadwood Jam has always been one of my favorite events in Deadwood.  Great music, outside on an early fall Black Hills day.  What could be better?

Now, the weather is not always perfect, but there is always fun to be had during the Jam.  2014 doesn’t look like any exception.  It should be a blast!

Friday September 12th 2014

Matt Spinks

Main Avenue Warehouse

Fastball

Saturday September 13th 2014

Whiskey 18

Rebel Raised

Trampled Under Foot

Grass Roots

LIT

April Wine

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Start planning for a great weekend of music.  Follow the Deadwood Jam on Facebook for all the latest development.

About the author: Josh loves to take pictures and share them on his South Dakota and the Black Hills blogs. Plus he enjoys traveling with his family any chance he gets.

Kool Deadwood Nights Concerts and Entertainment for 2014

Black Hills, Deadwood

kool deadwood nights concerts

Kool Deadwood Nights are quickly approaching.  This end of summer event in the Northern Black Hills is popular.  The free entertainment is especially a big draw – FREE Main Street concerts on Friday and Saturday night.  And, don’t forget the Sock Hop kicks it all off on Thursday night.

Friday Nite August 22nd 2014

Starts off with Kid & Nic show (the every popular high energy band), DD and the Fayroh’s.  And, the hedliner Starship with Mickey Thomas.

Saturday August 23rd 2014

Again Kid & Nice and DD and the Fayroh’s get the action started.  Then the headliners Gary Puckett and Union Gap take the stage.


Don’t miss this great big end of summer event in Deadwood.  Kool Deadwood Nites is an event you’ll truly remember.  Visit the Deadwood Chamber of Commerce website for complete details.

About the author: Josh loves to take pictures and share them on his South Dakota and the Black Hills blogs. Plus he enjoys traveling with his family any chance he gets.

Shakespeare Garden in Wessington Springs

East River, History

crowd enjoying music in shakespeare garden in wessington springs sd

We finally made to Shakespeare Garden in Wessington Springs for a night of live music.  It is a beautiful setting to enjoy a lovely evening and listen to music.  The gardens were full of blossoms and butterflies.  Our children had a blast exploring the gardens and watching the fish in the small pond.

There are free concerts in the summer on select Thursdays.  Bring your own chair and enjoy the lush setting.  There are refreshment available for purchase and donations are gratefully accepted.

The gardens and house have a unique history.  The Anne Hathaway Cottage was built by a Professor and Mrs. Shay when they retired from the local collage in 1932.  It is a partial replica of Stratford-on-Avon.

The thatched roof was added in 1995.  It is the only thatched roof in South Dakota.  I found it interesting that a thatched roof will last 40 to 60 years.  The ridge cap however, must be replaced every 8 to 10 years.

If you find yourself in the Wessington Springs area, be sure to stop by and visit.  Also, check the official website for a schedule of events and more historic information.

About the author: Josh loves to take pictures and share them on his South Dakota and the Black Hills blogs. Plus he enjoys traveling with his family any chance he gets.

2014 Galena Ghost Town Tour

Black Hills, History, Recreation

old galena school house just one of the historic stops on the tour each June

Every June you have a chance to visit historic Galena in the Northern Black Hills.  A chance to explore the historic gold and silver mining camp.  Walk the old rail bed and get a feel for what it must have been like during it’s hey day.

The 2014 walk is scheduled for Saturday June 14th from 9am to 2pm.  The historic walk can be 1 to 5 miles.  Plus they will have food and music at the old school house..

This is a great opportunity for all the history buffs and people who like exploring the Black Hills. They post historic photos along the trail and locals are on hand to answer questions and explain some of the area’s history.  You can visit the Vinegar Hill Cemetery and see the remains of the old Methodist church steeple.

For complete information be sure to visit the 1882 Galena School House website or read the flyer.

Galena is located south of Deadwood.  Turn off highway 385 at Wild Bill’s Campground on to Galena Road.  Follow the gravel road to Galena (about 3 miles) and there you will find people directing parking.  Head to the old school house to register and get a map.

Once you complete the tour and haven’t had enough historic cemeteries yet, Deadwood has a couple worth visiting.  Mount Moriah is the resting place of some of Deadwood’s most famous former residents like Wild Bill and Calamity Jane – plus a short hike above the cemetery will take you to the graves of Seth and Martha Bullock. Saint Ambrose is lesser know but equally interesting cemetery just across the gulch.

About the author: Josh loves to take pictures and share them on his South Dakota and the Black Hills blogs. Plus he enjoys traveling with his family any chance he gets.

Huron’s Big Bird

History, Recreation, SD Hunting

world's largest pheasant in huron south dakota

Huron is home to the world’s largest pheasant.  South Dakota’s state bird represented in a giant statue.  A roadside attraction larger than life.

I just love a reason to pull the car over and get out and walk around.  This bird is certainly worth the time to checkout.  A giant fowl looking over highway 14 for well over 50 years.

This tribute to the state bird was built in 1959 by the Huron Jaycee’s. Governor Joss Foss even helped dedicate the statue on Oct 18, 1959.  It had taken R.F. Jacobs four and 1/2 months to create at a cost of over 22 thousand dollars.

Recently, it has been restored to it’s original splendor.  The feathered feature sits atop a building that was once a liquor store and gift shop – but now just serves as the perch.

I love an excuse to go for a drive and this is worth the drive for me.  But, if you have the kids along on your visit to Huron, be sure to take them to Astro City as well, a giant play structure.

Here is another picture – I couldn’t pick my favorite.

 

Huron sd has the worlds largest pheasant be sure to see it

About the author: Josh loves to take pictures and share them on his South Dakota and the Black Hills blogs. Plus he enjoys traveling with his family any chance he gets.

2014 Deadwood Events

Black Hills, Deadwood

2014 Deadwood SD Events

There is no shortage of Events in Deadwood, plenty of opportunities to enjoy yourself in the small Northern Black Hills City.  It seems you can always find something fun to do in the area.

Ringing in the new year in Deadwood always a great way to celebrate the start of a new year.


ISOC Snocross Championships January 31st and February 1st 2014

Largest Tailgate Party is South Dakota – watch the super bowl – February 2nd

Deadwood’s Mardi Gras Celebration Feb 28th through March 1st 2014– don’t miss the parade!

Saint Patrick’s Day celebration – March 14th and 15th 2014 – best St Paddy’s day celebration I’ve every been to.

April 10th, 11th and 12th 2014 – Forks, Corks and Kegs – a food and wine festival

Wild Bill Days – June 13th and 14th 2014 – Music and much more

Days of ‘76 Rodeo and Parade – July 22nd through the 26th 2014 – Rodeo fun and really cool parade.

Sturgis Bike Week – August 2nd through the 10th 2014 – bikes take over Deadwood

Kool Deadwood Nites – August 21st through the 24th 2014 – Classic Cars and Music

Deadwood Jam – September 12th and 13th 2014 – Great Music in the heart of Deadwood

Oktoberfest – October 3rd and 4th 2014 – Roll out the barrels and brats

Wild West Songwriter’s Festival – October 9th through the 11th

Deadweird – Halloween in Deadwood is like nowhere else – October 31st and November 1st 2014.

If you have any plans of visiting the Black Hills in 2014, consider spending a bit of that time in Deadwood.  Be sure to visit the Deadwood Chamber of Commerce website for complete details of all the events.

About the author: Josh loves to take pictures and share them on his South Dakota and the Black Hills blogs. Plus he enjoys traveling with his family any chance he gets.

The Grave Site of Wild Bill Hickok

Deadwood, History

 

The Site of Wild Bill Grave in Mount Moriah

Wild Bill Hickok’s grave site is found in Deadwood’s Mount Moriah Cemetery.  This quiet hillside is home to many of the founders of the area.  Poor Wild Bill didn’t get to spend much time above ground in Deadwood South Dakota, but he still gets lots of visitors.

He is famous for being shot in the back of the head by Jack McCall.  And, now for eternity lies next to Calamity Jane.  Most of the bus tours that leave from Main Street will bring you here.




This cemetery is certainly worth checking out.  If you don’t mind climbing the hill a bit further, you’ll find the Grave of Seth and Martha Bullock.  From their grave, you can see across the gulch to Mount Roosevelt.  If you still have energy left climb all the way to White Rocks for a breathtaking view of the area.

If you don’t have the energy to climb the hill, there is plenty to see near Bill’s Grave.  Masonic Circle isn’t far from Wild Bill and is a collection of about 18 grave.  The final resting place of many interesting people who helped shape Deadwood.

For you history buffs, I recommend a couple of books: Mount Moriah: Kill a Man…Start a Cemetery and Raiding Deadwood’s Bad Lands.  Both book were written by locals with a passion for the wild history of Deadwood.


Don’t forget Deadwood’s lesser know Cemetery, Saint Ambrose.  This quiet hillside collection of graves is just across the gulch, nestled in between Spring Creek Road and Burnham Avenue.  Probably best way to access is to park in the Lower Main Parking lot and walk across the street.  Take Burnham Avenue and turn left on Pleasant Street.  You can’t miss it.

About the author: Josh loves to take pictures and share them on his South Dakota and the Black Hills blogs. Plus he enjoys traveling with his family any chance he gets.

Winter Hiking in Rapid City

Recreation

Rapid City SD Winter Hiking

There are tons of recreational options around Rapid City for hiking in the winter or any other time of year.  But, the really cool thing about Rapid City is that you don’t even have to leave the city limits to do some really great hiking.  You can find 300 acres right in town for you to explore.

I spent some time in Rapid over the holidays, I wanted to do some hiking and did have enough time to head out into Black Hills National Forest.  So I went to M Hill, aka Cowboy Hill, aka HLMP.   Parking and access to the trails can be found just off Omaha Street at Founders Park. Map Here and here

The trails were snow packed, but not too slippery, I do wish I hadn’t left my Kahtoola Microspikes back at the hotel.  The extra traction would have been nice, but I still enjoyed the trails.   There are nearly 20 miles of trails to explore.  Trails you travel on foot or with your bicycle.  If you live in or spend time in Rapid City I encourage you to check our this park.  There are sections of the trails where you’d swear you are miles from town.

The park has great bouldering options too.  Vegan Rock is just one of the popular spots for rock climbers.  Spend some time outdoors and if you are in the Spearfish area they have a similar type of park called Lookout Mountain Park – also worth your time.

About the author: Josh loves to take pictures and share them on his South Dakota and the Black Hills blogs. Plus he enjoys traveling with his family any chance he gets.

Rocket Slide in Huron

East River, Recreation

Rocket Slide Park Huron SD

There is a giant Rocket Slide in Huron South Dakota.  This 32 foot tall piece of playground equipment is called “Astro City.”  It was manufactured in 1971 by the Miracle Equipment company.  It is the type George played on in Waterloo Iowa.




This awesome vintage playground is located in Prospect Park.  The address is 1675 Idaho Ave SE.  It is a nice sized park.  There are two other play structures, swings, slides and a concrete camel.  Plus, there is a picnic shelter, restrooms, tennis courts and a skate park.

If you are in the Huron area, I would recommend taking the kids to this gem.  This is tall and might be a bit scary for smaller children, but there are plenty of other things for them to play on.

There is also a great Rocket Park in SpearfishDo you know of any other sweet playgrounds in South Dakota?

Here is a short clip of the slide

About the author: Josh loves to take pictures and share them on his South Dakota and the Black Hills blogs. Plus he enjoys traveling with his family any chance he gets.

Burgers at Lewie’s in Lead

Black Hills, where to eat

 Bacon Cheese burger from Lewies in Lead SD

You can find lots of great burgers in the Black Hills, and Lewies’s in Lead is definitely one of those places.  This great burger joint is located on the South side of Lead on US Highway 85 not far from the Sugarloaf Trailhead of the Mickelson Trail.  You no longer have to wonder where to eat in Lead SD.

We enjoyed sitting out on the patio enjoying a beautiful Black Hills summer day but, they are open all year long.  Whether, you are on your way to or from the slopes or  just finishing up a great bike or motorcycle ride – this is a great place to eat.

I enjoyed the bacon double cheese burger pictured above.  It was good and I was full.  The onion rings were great too.

This is among my favorite places to grab a burger in the Northern Black Hills.  I also love Mustang Sally’s burgers on Main Street in Deadwood.  And, the Sugar Shack on US Highway 385 has really good burgers too!

Where do your get your favorite burger in the Black Hills?

About the author: Josh loves to take pictures and share them on his South Dakota and the Black Hills blogs. Plus he enjoys traveling with his family any chance he gets.