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Deadwood in Lawrence County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

The Badlands

 
 
The Badlands Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, August 7, 2010
1. The Badlands Marker
Inscription. The "badlands," the lower end of Main Street in front of you, earned its reputation through its saloons, brothels, theaters, gambling halls, and opium houses, which provided rowdy entertainment for the largely male population. Out of this district came many of the personalities and the folklore that made Deadwood famous.

"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

Caption for photo in lower left:
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.

Caption for photo in lower middle:
The Green Front Theater included a dance hall and brothel.

Caption for photo in lower right:
The Gem Theater provided stage shows, dancing, and curtained rooms on the side.

Caption for photo in upper right:
The bar in the Gem Theater was not as glamorous as modern media images.
 
Location.
The Badlands Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, August 7, 2010
2. The Badlands Marker
The view of "The Badlands" today, looking northeast on Main Street.
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.
 
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); Original Site of Saloon No. 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 City 1876 (about 500 feet away); The Great Flood (about 600 feet away); Wild Bill (about 700 feet away); Chinese Immigrants (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Deadwood.
 
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Deadwood Main Street during the Sturgis Bike Rally image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, August 7, 2010
3. Deadwood Main Street during the Sturgis Bike Rally
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 5, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 631 times since then and 23 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.
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