About Deadwood History

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The Brothel Deadwood

Deadwood History, Inc. (DHI) will launch its new project – The Brothel Deadwood opening on August 1, 2020, with guided tours of the Shasta Rooms located at 610 Main Street on the second floor. The tours will focus on the interpretation of the century-long history of the brothels in Deadwood. The Brothel will be open to the public from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., daily through September 30, 2020. Admission is $15 per person. You must be at least 16 years old to participate. Tour hours will be modified in the fall and winter but will be available year-round. For more information please call 605-722-4800 or purchase tickets online at DeadwoodBrothel.com beginning August 1, 2020.

Brothels were a fixture on the second story of several Deadwood Main Street buildings from 1876-1980. This aspect of Deadwood’s history, although difficult and uncomfortable to talk about, had a huge impact on the community. A series of eight rooms have been curated with period-appropriate furnishings to help transport the visitor to another era.

The Brothel is not an attempt to glamorize prostitution, nor is it meant to be an approval or condemnation of prostitution. Rather it is an integral part of the narrative of Deadwood’s unique history. What visitors take away from the tour, and any opinions or points of view they might form from the history of prostitution in Deadwood, are of their own volition.

The Brothel is a joint project between property owners Wayne Morris, Rick Stone, Steve Stone, and Deadwood History. Considerable financial support for the project, in the form of loans, was provided by the Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission and NeighborWorks. Many furnishings were provided by generous donations from our supporters.