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Black Hills - South Dakota

Deadwood was a mining camp illegally established in the 1870's where prospectors traded their goods, drank in saloons and frequented brothels.  Wild Bill Hickock was shot here in the Saloon No 10.  Calamity Jane spent some time here and attended to those suffering from the small pox epidemic in 1876.  We walked around town, ate lunch at the Gem Restaurant, which today sits in the exact location of the Gem Theater.  Not so much theater, but a brothel and saloon.  We also visited the Adams Museum which contains a boat load of period artifacts, very interesting.

We drove up to the cemetery and visited Bill and Jane's graves then hiked up to the grave of Seth Bullock, the sheriff around these parts.

After a full day of exploring Deadwood we took a side trip to Spearfish Canyon to check out this amazing waterfall.  Used the 'Little Guy' on this trip, the FujiFilm X-T20.  I will be taking the 'Little Guy' to Greece and wanted to make sure that I am ready to travel wi…
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