May 3, 2010

Other Landmarks of South Dakota

After leaving Crazy Horse, we took a drive to Deadwood, South Dakota and along the way found a big chair to rest on.

Doug tried out the chair.

The chair provides outdoor patio seating for Kactus Kim's Mexican Restaurant. Just don't fall off!
Deadwood, South Dakota gained notoriety as the location of the murder of Wild Bill Hickok. Hickok and Calamity Jane are both buried in the local cemetery.
That's it for pictures of Deadwood. As Marlon says, "It's got a lot of motels and casinos."

And a motorcycle in a tree.

From Deadwood we headed farther down the road to Lead, South Dakota.
In Lead, you can look down into the huge Open Cut Mine formerly operated by Homestake Mining Company.

You can ride the Homestake railroad.

The gold mine operated for over 125 years before shutting down in 2002.

Across the street from the mine is Gold Run Park, located on the hill where a series of buildings and foundations for the Homestake Mill Site once stood.
Gold Run Park opened in 2005 and has a self-guided tour with information placards and original equipment used in the mining operation.

This sign details the century-long history of gold mining in Lead.
For more pictures, click here pictures 115-161.

To be continued...

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