Deadwood-Lead Economic Development, the city of Deadwood and the Deadwood Chamber of Commerce recently broke ground for a new $6.3 million welcome center near the gateway to the city’s historic downtown district.
The new center, located in the Main Street parking lot where more than half o the city’s visitors park their vehicles, is expected to be completed in May 2017.
The new Welcome Center will house interactive displays on Deadwood history and attractions, meeting space for events such as farmers markets and community meetings and the offices of the Deadwood Chamber of Commerce/Convention & Visitors Bureau.
“Over the years, a lot of folks have told me that when they got to Deadwood, they just kept going,” Deadwood Mayor Chuck Turbiville told the Black Hills Pioneer. “Our current chamber building is hidden, and people can’t find it."
Turbiville added, "With this new facility, we’ll see people parking their cars and spending more time here. It might just capture them for a day and a night, instead of an hour.”
The Welcome Center is one of several projects in the works for Deadwood. The list includes a recently completed $1.3 million remodeling of the Days of ’76 Rodeo Grounds and plans for Outlaw Square, an outdoor venue for concerts and community events.