Days of ’76 in Deadwood, SD

by Katlyn Richter on July 8, 2011 · 2 comments

Deadwood, South Dakota has played host to one of South Dakota’s premier events for 88 years. It’s the Days of ’76 celebration! The town of Deadwood is a revived Old West and gold mining town that still commemorates the city’s first pioneers.

Days of '76 Rodeo

In 1876, the gold filled Dakota Territory was invaded by those seeking to go from rags to riches overnight. Gamblers and gunslingers like Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane, Seth Bullock and Poker Alice made legends for themselves on these very streets.

The rough and tumble past comes alive during the Days of ’76. Visitors will enjoy one of South Dakota’s largest rodeos during the five-day event. Steer roping, timed events, rodeo slack, barrel racing and other rodeo performances are all part of this unique sport. The Days of ’76 Rodeo has been named the PRCA Small Outdoor Rodeo of the Year and PRCA Midsize Rodeo of the Year several times and never disappoints.

There is also a Days of ’76 parade on two days of the event. The parade travels through Deadwood’s historic downtown.

This year, the Days of ’76 celebration will take place July 26-30. Come on out to Deadwood to enjoy a festival celebrating the past!

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