Sunday, June 21, 2009
Deadwood and Rapid City
Today was Déjà vu all over again as Yogi would say. Both Judy and I spent the day thinking of past years. We started by driving through Spearfish Canyon and having breakfast at the Latchstring Inn, even though they have rebuilt it and is no longer as quaint as it once was. Then we drove into Deadwood and seen what gambling has done to the quaint old town in a very good way. I visited the building that dates back to the 1870’s where I managed a radio station back in the eighties. The building is now a gift shop, we talked to the owner and told him stories of ghosts and Chinese tunnels in the rear of the basement. We visited old Saloon # 10 where Wild Bill Hickok was shot that except for slot machines hasn’t changed since we were here twenty years ago. We went to Boot hill where Wild Bill and Calamity Jane are buried. There was a celebration in Deadwood and we would have liked to have stayed longer but more adventures called today. We made our way to Rapid City, checked into our hotel and started taking pictures of places that Judy had lived and schools that Paige had attended and then the highlight of the day, we went to the Black Hills Playhouse in Custer State Park and see Neil Simons “Brighton Beach Memoirs”. The Black Hills Playhouse is a professional theatre that operates during the summer with actors coming from all over the country for the summer to perform. The play was excellent. Tomorrow, Mt Rushmore, Custer State Park and Crazy Horse.