A new $6.3 million Deadwood Welcome Center, currently under construction near the gateway to the city’s historic downtown district, will begin greeting visitors in May 2017. Deadwood-Lead Economic Development, the city of Deadwood and the Deadwood Chamber of Commerce broke ground in January for the project.
The new center, located in the Main Street parking lot where more than half of the city’s visitors park their vehicles, will be the first thing visitors see when they arrive in Deadwood. The building 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.
“Gaming and tourism are the biggest drivers of Deadwood’s economy. This Welcome Center will strengthen these industries, creating more jobs for Lawrence County residents,” said Lori Frederick, executive director of the Deadwood-Lead Economic Development.
In addition to the new Welcome Center building, the project involves beautification and improved pedestrian access to nearby Whitewood Creek, including a foot bridge connecting the Welcome Center to the walking path on the other side of the creek.
The Welcome Center project is one of several initiatives 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.