Sturgis, Deadwood and the Mall

Trip Start Aug 19, 2010
Trip End Aug 24, 2010

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Sunday, August 22, 2010

We started the day today with a drive through Sturgis.  It is hard to believe that one week ago about 800,000 motorcycles were in this town for a rally!  Then we went on to Deadwood.  We started out with a tour of the local Gold mine - Broken Boot Gold Mining Company.  I have to say they have kept the mine as it was when it was in operation.  About 40 men worked in this mine for 26 years and they pulled out about $800,000 in gold, however they made twice that in pyrite or fools gold because it is used in the manufacturing process of refining gold.   We were told by our guide, Adam, that the miners made $2 per day in this mine, when other miners made 80 cents per day.  They worked by candlelight which is hard to believe with one man working the 15 pound hammer and the other holding the pick. Because it was so dark, the miner holding the pick had to keep his thumb on the head of the pick until right before the other miner doing the hammering hit the head of the pick, otherwise he could not see it - Yikes...  the nice part for the miners is that is was always 50 degrees in the mine even on days like today when it was 102 outside.   After the tour, Mike and Lindsey panned for gold and found a few specks to take home.   After hauling in such a fortune in gold we went down town to do some meandering past the bar where Wild Bill aka James Butler Hickock was shot.  We went and visited his grave in the Mt. Moriah Cemetery.  

After we left Deadwood, we were headed to the Badlands.  Lucky for Lindsey, a Mall was in the middle between Deadwood and the Badlands.  She has been drooling over cowboy boots for horse back riding since we got to town.  We found a place and proceed to shop.  You can see her purchase in the photos below.

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