Learn about the Days of '76 and join the celebration.
The Days of '76 celebration began in 1994 to honor the first pioneers of Deadwood. There were prospectors, muleskinners, miners, and madams that came to the Black Hills in 1876. This group of people was the first to settle in the Dakota Territory and were in search of gold and a different way of life. The museum has amazing displays of firearms, Native American artifacts, and many exceptional wagons and carriages. Stop by the Prospectors Wagon exhibit to see what the early gold-seeking pioneers would have brought with them in their wagons as they headed west.
When you go through the big barn doors, it is like being transported back in time with all the rodeo and pioneer memorabilia dating over 100 years ago. They have pioneer table games and great photo ops in a beautifully refurbished stagecoach. While enjoying the carriages, wagons, and stagecoaches, visitors will hear sounds that make the gallery come alive. The Days of '76 has grown into an annual event complete with a parade and a rodeo.