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Old 11-29-2008, 12:34 PM
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I would invite the person who wrote that article to a card game in Deadwood!! I love it out in the Black Hills!
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Old 11-29-2008, 03:45 PM
Location: Sandhills
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I visited Deadwood this summer, had a good time. What does NG know anyways?
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Old 11-29-2008, 03:46 PM
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I never miss Deadwood on any trip to the hills but I'll admit, it isn't my favorite place to go. I'm not a gambler so that part is lost on me. I did enjoy the old cemetery up on the hill and Kevin Costner's "Tatanka" is pretty cool. The museum is nice too. I think with any place like that, the history will be "romanticized" a bit but that is to be expected.
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Old 11-30-2008, 09:13 AM
Location: South Dakota
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National Geographic has its opinion, but there are other magazines and many people who think otherwise and have better opinions of Deadwood. I would take National Geographic's opinion with a grain of salt.
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Old 12-10-2008, 09:07 AM
Location: Black Hills, South Dakota
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Deadwood falls into the same category as 99% of the rest of the tourist traps in the Black Hills that can be described with one word: TACKY.

I'd sign my real name but might wind up with my phone line tapped. They really do that around here!
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Old 12-10-2008, 09:33 AM
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Here's the article about Deadwood (http://www.rapidcityjournal.com/articles/2008/12/10/news/local/doc493b660f3052e927674805.txt - broken link) I just wrote for the Journal.

It was an interesting issue to cover. Lots of opinions, naturally. I think what surprised me was how scrappy Deadwood is, throughout history. Sure, it's possible to condemn the town for its turn toward glitz and big-money casinos. But darn it, the town has survived many other things.

Perhaps this will just be another phase in the story of Deadwood?
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Old 12-12-2008, 02:04 PM
Location: Great Plains
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From the criteria Nat Geo gave I can see their point. Yes Deadwood has a extremely interesting history. It also has gone commercial that tends to change the feel.

The exterior of the buildings and to a lessor extend the interiors - modernized to meet present day needs of the business owners. In 1987 the Chinatown Museum burned down... That was a bad loss. If Deadwood would cash in on its past from a historical point... Going back to its roots National Geographic might have given it a better review.

Does that make Deadwood any less a destination? Not at all if you want to have a good time.
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Old 12-31-2008, 03:57 PM
Location: broken arrow oklahoma
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hey nat geo ,i like deadwood we spent the day there several times deadwood is what it always was a gambling town ,there is plenty to do besides gamble the cementery will take a good part of your day and the views from there are great
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