2004-07-24 -1- SD - Sturgis to Deadwood (3)Spearfish CanyonWe decided while in Belle Fourche to take a drive along Spearfish Canyon.  We began on the east side, driving through the town of Deadwood.   Once known for its notoriety of gold, gambling and gunpowder, it is now visited primarily for its 86 casinos offering possibly less riches than the gold mines of yesteryear.

However, it is still a colorful town, and maintains its western personality, at least outside in the streets.

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2004-07-24 -2- SD, Deadwood (4)Colorful mannequins adorn the upstairs windows.

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Perhaps the two best known names in Mt. Moriah Cemetery are Wild Bill Hickok, killed in a poker game in Deadwood

2004-07-24 -3- SD, Deadwood Cemetery - Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane's Gravesitesand Calamity Jane, buried next to him. 2004-07-24 -3- SD, Deadwood Cemetery - Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane's Gravesites (2)The Cemetery is truly a “boot hill” high above the town.2004-07-24 -3- SD, Deadwood Cemetery - Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane's Gravesites (4)

After leaving Deadwood and nearby Lead, we started the drive up the canyon, stopping for a walk to see Spearfish Falls.P1050081

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Also along the route is the misty Bridal Veil Falls.

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It’s a beautiful drive, winding between the canyon walls

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