It’s A Wrap for Days of ’76

DEADWOOD, S.D. — The 98th annual Deadwood Days of ’76 wrapped up their week-long festivities.

Made possible with the help of several volunteers, the day began by bringing the Old West back to life. Hundreds gathered on historic Main Street Saturday morning to witness Deadwood’s rich history through an annual procession. The parade featured many horses, riders, historic wagons and carriages. Re-enactments of days past were also part of the tradition. For some, the parade has been a summer destination for years — decades even. 

“I’ve been coming since the 80s,” said Jim Bayne, a Wyoming resident. “I just love the horses and the history over here. I just love seeing it. It’s the highlight of my summer to come to this parade.”

For others, it is a much-needed escape. Michele Wanke said,

“You don’t have all the politics and you get to meet Potato Creek Johnny and Poker Alice and Wild Bill Hickok. You can see all of them and then if you want you can go up to the cemetery. There’s just a ton of stuff to do here and it’s just a great way to start the day.”

The parade showcased different attires from the 1800s through what we see cowboys and cowgirls wearing today. Lenessa Keehn, who is an announcer for Days of ’76, attributes the richness of Deadwood to its conservation.

“Deadwood has always prided itself on taking advantage of its history and historic preservation that’s one of its prides and joys. I’m a big volunteer. I believe in Deadwood and I believe in what Deadwood does.”

After 98 years, the days of ’76 continues to be Deadwood’s longest yearly event.

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