Officials in Deadwood hope an upcoming mention in a national magazine will send more visitors to the Northern Black Hills.
True West Magazine names Deadwood as the winner of its “Best of the West” contest. The Northern Black Hills town is the magazine’s top pick for “Best Town for Historic Entertainment”.
Deadwood is known for its checkered past full of gunslingers, gamblers, and saloon brawls. The town hosts frequent Main Street reenactments of famous moments in its history.
Lee Harstad is the Marketing Director for the Deadwood Chamber of Commerce. He says being recognized in a national magazine for quality historical entertainment was a collective effort.
“You know it’s a testament to Deadwood’s history and the things that the community and Historic Preservation, and the Days of ’76, The Adams Museum, and all the folks get together. It’s really a testament to all their hard work so this is a great honor,” says Harstad.
Harstad says that the historical integrity in the reenactments play a part in Deadwood’s win. He adds that the story is appearing in the January 2013 issue of True West magazine.