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Friday, May 26

Wild Wild West (Escape Club)

Wild Bill Hickok was born on May 27, 1837.  Think of today's unit is a birthday tribute for him!  (Scroll down for the unit study.)
The town of Deadwood, South Dakota definitely thrives on its tourist industry.  Limited-wage, legalized gambling helps to bring back the feel of the past, and visitors can get involved with reenactments several times daily.
Swing over to the Franklin Hotel, on the main strip, and you'll see Wild Bill Hickok and several of his contemporaries tearing up the streets with their gunslinging and fighting!  They get the kids involved and don't worry, it's family-friendly.
You never know who might show up by the Franklin Hotel.....Calamity Jane or Buffalo Bill might stop by!
The street dramas are free, but for the best show in town, be sure to stop by the Masonic Temple for the Trial of Jack McCall.  It's a live show, and they pull up kids and other audience members to make it even more fun.  At about an hour and a half, it's both funny and educational, and truly worth the money.
The night started out with a singalong....silly camp songs, but a lot of fun nonetheless.  We hadn't heard of some of them, and several months later, these songs are still being sung at our home.  Now you know where our mascot, the Ghost Chickens, came from!!
Everyone gets to sing along and participate, at least minimally, but some have larger roles.  They even pulled our workin' man up on the stage!!  All in all, it was a great impromptu evening on our stopover from Rushmore to the job in Colorado.  If you get the chance, you should go visit Deadwood, too!

Wild Bill Hickok Unit
In the 1870s, gold was discovered in the Black Hills. 
When some miners came across a creek full of dead trees and gold, the town of Deadwood was born. It was a boomtown, growing full of gamblers, outlaws, gunslingers, and gold seekers within just a few weeks.

Wild Bill Hickok was a prominent figure in the Wild West. His background as a Union soldier and Pony Express wagon driver are just part of what led to his dangerous and adventurous life up in Deadwood, South Dakota.

Some of the folks he ran around with included Buffalo Bill Cody (see his unit study), Calamity Jane, and General Custer (unit study).

Wild Bill Hickok Resources

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