Deadwood in Lawrence County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
"The man who ventured the remark that a fool and his money are soon parted must have had in his mind's eye some place such as [Deadwood].... The 'tenderfoot' is here brought face to face with ... the slick confidence man, the claim jumper, the land shark and the desperado."
The New York Times, August 13, 1877
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With cheap whiskey going for 50 cents an ounce, saloon owners could make more money than miners. The Bella Union, perhaps gold rush Deadwood's grandest pleasure palace, contained a casino, dance hall and saloon.
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The Green Front Theater included a dance hall and brothel.
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The Gem Theater provided stage shows, dancing, and curtained
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The bar in the Gem Theater was not as glamorous as modern media images.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Entertainment • Settlements & Settlers.
Location. 44° 22.683′ N, 103° 43.755′ W. Marker is in Deadwood, South Dakota, in Lawrence County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street and Wall Street, on the right when traveling west on Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Deadwood SD 57732, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Jewish American Pioneers and Deadwood (here, next to this marker); Historic Site Saloon Number 10 (a few steps from this marker); Historic Facade Replication (within shouting distance of this marker); The Fire of 1879 (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Deadwood 1876 (about 500 feet away); Deadwood City 1876 (about 500 feet away); Forest Hill (about 500 feet away); Jack McCall Capture Site (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Deadwood.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on October 5, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 755 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 5, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.