Adams Museum

Dakota Midday: W.E. Adams, Man Behind The Museum

Oct 5, 2016

Jessica Michak, archivist at Deadwood History Inc., tells the story of W.E. Adams, the man behind the museum. W.E. Adams is featured this week in SDPB's Images of the Past.

Click here for SDPB's Images of the Past web feature on W.E. Adams.

The famed J.B. Haggin locomotive is on permanent display at the Adams Museum in Deadwood. Archivist Jessica Michak explains the story of the the museum's most photographed artifact. From the day an engineer drove it into the museum to what it's like to dust a five ton locomotive, Images of the Past shines a light on a vibrant time in Black Hills history.

Arthur Haas was one of two ranchers who found a fossil but didn’t learn until many years later that it was a unique genus of aquatic reptile.  The Haas family had the honor of naming it.  It’s now on display now at the Adams Museum and it’s SDPB’s Images of the Past feature this week.

Darrel Nelson, Deadwood History Inc., Exhibits Director, and Bill Haas, the grandson of a man who found a plesiosaur fossil near Belle Fourche in 1934, join Dakota Midday to talk aboutt the discovery, the artifact, and the naming of Pahasapasaurus haasi.

Although the legend of Deadwood has endured, its days as a rough, mining town lasted for a relatively short time. Deadwood businessman and mayor W.E. Adams played an important role in preserving Deadwood’s early history and setting the stage for making the town a tourist attraction.

Comedian To Portray Ghost At Wild Bill Days

Jun 13, 2013

Singer, songwriter and comedian Gordy Pratt portrays the ghost of frontiersman Seth Bullock during Wild Bill Days on June 14 and 15 at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., in the Pioneer Room at the Adams Museum in Deadwood. The event is open to the public and wheelchair accessible with admission by donation. Pratt brings history to life as he shares stories and songs about the colorful characters of early Deadwood. Pratt has carefully researched Bullock and portrays the grit, tenacity and glory of Deadwood in a vibrant context.