Deadwood

History hangs heavily over Deadwood, though whether this is actually the chair where "Wild Bill" Hickok sat when he was shot--on display at Saloon No. 10--is anyone's guess. (Josh Noel/Chicago Tribune)

Deadwood is ultimately a place not to ask questions. You're better off walking those picturesque streets, losing $2 at a time and imagining Wild Bill's last moments in that chair.

jbnoel@tribune.com

If you go

Getting there

The closest airport is in Rapid City, S.D. (about 40 miles away), which gets nonstop service from Allegiant (from Las Vegas and Phoenix), American (Chicago and Dallas), Delta (Salt Lake City and the Twin Cities) and United (Denver and Chicago). All flights from elsewhere will connect through those cities.

Staying there

The higher-end places in town are the Martin-Mason (33 Deadwood St., martinmasonhotel.com, $99-$475, depending on room and season), which has eight clean rooms restored with an eye to the outlaw days; the Celebrity (629 Main St., celebritycasinos.com, $79-299); and the Lodge at Deadwood (100 Pine Crest Lane, deadwoodlodge.com, $89-$450), which opened in 2009. There are a few affordable old standbys tracing roots back about 100 years. If choosing one, go with the Bullock (633 Main St., historicbullock.com, $45-$209).

Dining there

Jake's (677 Main St., themidnightstar.com) is said to be among the finer dining experiences in the state; the food is good but a bit overpriced. Locals prefer the Deadwood Social Club (657 Main St., saloon10.com), which sits above Saloon No. 10.

More information: deadwood.org

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