DEADWOOD — The $6.5 million Deadwood Welcome Center has opened its doors, helping tourists decide what to see and do while visiting Deadwood and the Northern Hills.
“This is a wonderful day for Deadwood,” said Mayor Chuck Turbiville in a story published by the Black Hills Pioneer. “It’s a new era for Deadwood. This is probably the best welcome center in the Midwest. It is going to allow us to entertain and direct the 1.5 to 2 million guests we get in this community each year.”
With more than 9,200 square feet, the new facility offers interpretive displays on the history of Deadwood and other visitor information. Outside the building, improvements include a pedestrian bridge across nearby Whitewood Creek and landscaped paths along the creek.
Lt. Gov. Matt Michels was among those who attended the June 15 opening ceremony.
“The gaming industry is an attraction, but it is not the only attraction to Deadwood. It’s history, as well,” Michels said. “Deadwood is such a great contributor, a strong leader in welcoming tourism to South Dakota.”
Michels said that from its beginnings, back in 1876, Deadwood has welcomed all sorts of people from different backgrounds and ethnicities and the building is a testament to that continued effort today.