Deadwood got its name from the dead timber on its surrounding hills. Over the years, dead and live timber alike have contributed to several disastrous fires, one that destroyed the town in the late 1800s. One of the town’s lesser known, but more colorful, figures was Poker Alice Tubbs, of whom it was said, “She was familiar with cards, guns, and men and could handle all of them.” I think my mom would have liked her. To get to Spearfish from Deadwood you drive thru the Spearfish Canyon on 14A. It’s breathtaking, and trout can be seen swirling around in pools that flow through the creek of the same name.
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