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Through one of America’s toughest economic struggles, the determination of a man dedicated to the legacy of Deadwood’s historic past remained unwavering. In the aftermath of the devastating stock market crash of 1929 and the impending warnings of what would become the Great Depression, William Emery Adams personally financed the building of the Adams Museum. Upon completion of the project in 1930, he generously donated the museum to the City of Deadwood.

This single museum eventually grew into a nonprofit organization—Deadwood History, Inc.—that brings the legendary history of Deadwood to life at five unique properties:

  • Adams Museum
  • Days of ’76 Museum
  • Historic Adams House
  • Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center
  • The Brothel Deadwood

Each property makes the history of Deadwood accessible to visitors through thought-provoking exhibits, personal and powerful stories of people, places, and events, and public programs for people of all ages.


To increase awareness and appreciation for the history of Deadwood and the Black Hills.  


Deadwood History, Inc. preserves and presents the history of Deadwood and the Black Hills through exceptional places, interactive exhibits, and engaging events.

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