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Deadwood, South Dakota: Legendary Black Hills Landmark

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Deadwood, South Dakota: Legendary Black Hills Landmark
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 5 to 7
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   6.85

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    pearson, re-built, re-tried, prospectors, publicity, saloon, possibility, chinatown, fiction, military, rumor, newly, smallpox, tourist, entertainment, epidemic
     content words:    Lawrence County Courthouse, South Dakota, Black Hills Gold Rush, John B., Black Hills, Deadwood Gulch, Colonel George Custer, Jack McCall, Calamity Jane, Wild Bill Hickok


Deadwood, South Dakota: Legendary Black Hills Landmark
By Joyce Furstenau
  

1     The Lawrence County Courthouse in Deadwood, South Dakota
 
2     One of the most interesting old mining towns west of the Mississippi is Deadwood, South Dakota. Deadwood was the site of the Black Hills Gold Rush in 1874. John B. Pearson was the miner who found gold in a narrow canyon in the Black Hills. The canyon was named "Deadwood Gulch" because it was lined with dead trees.
 
3     Rumor reached the government that there was a possibility of gold in the Black Hills. Colonel George Custer was directed to confirm it, which he did. The information was kept from the general public for only a short time. Several military units were sent to the Black Hills to try to keep people away, but the lure of gold was too strong. People entered the territory illegally and gold fever eventually spread like an epidemic.

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