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Adams Museum – Exhibits

The Legends Gallery offers visitors a chance to get up close and personal with the legends of Deadwood: Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane, Charlie Utter, and Seth Bullock, to name a few.   

Explore some of the Black Hills’ greatest treasures including Potato Creek Johnny’s original gold nugget, the mysterious Thoen Stone record of the Ezra Kind party’s discovery of gold in the Black Hills in the 1830s, and a 95 million-year-old marine reptile discovered by Charles Haas and his son Arthur in 1934 near Fruitdale, South Dakota.

The story of Deadwood’s long history with activities of questionable repute is revealed in Risky Business. The exhibit delves into vices such as gambling, prostitution, and crime. Find out how and why these somewhat seedy activities were a mainstay in Deadwood’s history for so many years. Learn of the lawmen who often looked the other way and those who were relentless in their quest for law and order.


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