Deadwood (Lakota: Owayasuta, "To approve or confirm things") is a city in South Dakota, United States & the county seat of Lawrence County. It is named after the dead trees found in its gulch.

State: South Dakota

Elevation: 4, 531 ft. (1, 381)

Founded 1876

County Lawrence

Deadwood was established in 1876 during the Black Hills gold rush. In 1875, a miner named John B. Pearson found gold in a narrow canyon in the Northern Black Hills. This canyon became known as "Deadwood Gulch," because of the many dead trees that lined the canyon walls at the time.

History of Deadwood, SD...That's where they came across a gulch full of dead trees & a creek full of gold...Deadwood was born...Deadwood has survived three major fires & numerous economic hardships, pushing it to the verge of becoming another Old West ghost town.


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