We visited two museums today. The first one was Deadwood’s Adams Museum. In 1930, Pioneer businessman E.W. Adams founded the Adams Museum. This is a wonderful museum which houses a variety of local history including relics from the shooting of Wild Bill Hickok (below), Plains Indian life, the history of Deadwood floods and fires, Deadwood’s legends and outlaws and notorious businesses. Literally everything is labeled, making the self guided visit a pleasure. A suggested donation of $5 is optional but well worth it.
Wild Bill Hickok’s grave with dignitaries including Buffalo Bill Cody 3rd from the left.
a pencil sketch of Wild Bill Hickok.
Visited the High Plains Western Heritage Museum in Spearfish. It was the brainchild of two ranchers who were fearful that when their generation passed the history of the area would be lost. The museum exhibits represent the states of Nebraska, North and South Dakota, Montana and Wyoming. Western artifacts, Western art, cowboys, rodeo, cattle roundup, family life and various modes of transportation. The collection is large in both number of items and the size of some of the items.
The museum actually had a photo of these cattle when alive. They are interesting colors.
This saddle was designed by Tom Selleck.
This beautiful horse hair bridle was won in a poker game around 1900
Native American Artifacts
I remember the story of Comanche from when I was a kid. He was the sole survivor of Custer’s command.
Yesterday we found a place called Philly Ted’s Cheesesteak for lunch in Spearfish and had to go again today. Went to the Silverado in Deadwood for buffet supper. Nothing to write home about. Oops, I guess I am doing that. We were told to park in the Wells Fargo Bank parking lot, take a ticket then have it validated. Well there were no instructions at the parking lot. I wish I would have thought to get a picture of the sophisticated fee collection system. Tom went back to the lot after the doorman told him about the ticket/validation. He looked all over for a “ticket booth.” Tom went all the way around the bank and when I didn’t see him coming back, I went to find him. When I didn’t come back Sherry came after me.
There was no booth, just a metal box about 2’ x 2’ with slots in it and Post-it Notes stuck under each slot. We would still be there trying to figure it out if a local hadn’t showed up to give us the low-down. You take a Post-it note, it is cut about 3/4 the way up, each side as the same number. You then shove your $5 into the slot which is about 1/4 x 1 1/4,” then you take a special tool that is hanging on a chain to shove the money into the slot. Then you tear the Post-it apart and put one part on the dash of your vehicle and take the other into the Silverado for validation. What we got for our $5 were four strips of coupons, one of which was for $1 off the buffet and with ID we got a Senior Players Card loaded with $5 each. Sherry didn’t bring her ID so she couldn’t get one. Well after dinner we played our cards and Tom won $1.25, Sherry won $2.50 and I won 8.25. So when all was said and done we came out $11 ahead.