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Deadwood

Entertaining guests since 1876

As the entertainment city of the Black Hills region, Deadwood offers world-class events, legalized gaming and a colorful past. More than 2 million people visit this National Historic Landmark each year. Deadwood hots an eclectic art scene- art galleries, glass-blowing, historical re-enactments, music and comedy acts, custom motorcycle shops and graphic marketing.

Lead

Miles above ordinary

Lead is known for its wonderful recreational climate. At a mile high Lead provides numerous recreational opportunities. With a summit at 7,100 feet, Terry Peak offers the highest lift service between the Rocky Mountains and the Alps. The City of Lead was home to the Homestake Mine for 125 years and other mining operations still operate in the region. At the Sanford Underground Research Facility (Sanford Lab) scientists are doing world- leading research in particle physics in the same location Homestake Mine successfully operated.

Central City

A Mountain Town With a Rich History

Central City, midway between Lead and Deadwood on U.S. Highway 14A, is a small town with a rich history and a stable future.

Founded in January 1877, it’s one of the oldest communities in the Black Hills. Although it is centrally located, the town was named for the Colorado city of the same name.

Within months, Central City bloomed into a town of 3,000 people with four lawyers, six doctors, five newspapers, a school, a church and number of mining and milling operations. As gold mining consolidated, Central City’s population declined. By the 2010 Census, there were 134 people, 66 households, and 37 families in Central City.

Retail and Service Providers

Although today it’s mostly a comfortable and scenic bedroom community for people working in nearby cities, Central City is home to retail and service providers for the Lead-Deadwood area.

In addition, Barrick Gold, the parent company of Homestake Mining Co., has a facility at Central City for maintenance operations at the former Homestake Mine.

Cost of Living

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The Lead-Deadwood area is near the geographic center of the United States. It’s close to major transportation routes such as Interstate 90 and the Ports to Plains route from Canada to Mexico. We have a well-educated workforce, and our people know the value of hard work.