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Itinerary of September 2017 Deadwood Tour

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Welcome aboard your luxury coach en route to Historic Deadwood.
Following is a daily itinerary, which indicates where we will be stopping for breaks as well
as our evening stops. We will point out places of interest as we go by them. All times are
approximate and are based on past trips. You can help us stay on schedule by being back
on the coach promptly after coffee and lunch stops and being on time in the morning.
Deadwood: An Entire American City Named a National Historic Landmark!
Deadwood was established in 1876 during the Black Hills gold rush. In 1875, a miner named
John B. Pearson found gold in a narrow canyon in the Northern Black Hills. This canyon
became known as "Deadwood Gulch," because of the many dead trees that lined the canyon
walls at the time. The name stuck, and, over 125 years later, the U.S. 2000 Census cites
Deadwood's population as 1,380; and the town sits some 4,533 feet above sea level. Given its
colorful, violent, and lawless beginnings, few could have imagined that Deadwood would
someday serve as the county seat for Lawrence County, as it does today.
Deadwood South Dakota
Mount Rushmore and
Crazy Horse Memorial
September 2
- 8
, 2017
Saturday September 2: Edmonton to Great Falls, MT
(Approx. 819 kms/491 miles)
Welcome aboard your Golden Arrow Coach as your tour begins in Edmonton. Travel south
through Red Deer, Calgary & Lethbridge. Stop at the Duty Free before entering the U.S.A. at
Sweetgrass. Following Interstate I5, you make way to Great Falls, your overnight
6:00 A.M. St. Albert Inn & Suites - #156 St. Albert Trail
6:30 A.M Super 8 3610 Gateway Blvd.
6:45 A.M. Leduc Royal Executive Inn 8450 Sparrow Dr.
8:00 A.M. Red Deer Radisson Hotel 6500 67
9:15 A.M. Airdrie 45 minute coffee stop
10:00 A.M. Depart Airdrie
10:30 A.M. Calgary Clarion Hotel 2120 16
Ave. NE
11:00 A.M. Calgary Flying J 11511 40
St. SE
1:00 P.M. Lethbridge Park Place Mall 1-hour lunch stop
2:00 P.M. Depart
3:00 P.M. Duty Free/Clear Customs. Welcome to the U.S.A!
5:30 P.M. Arrive Great Falls
Accommodation: Best Western Plus (406) 761-1900
Accommodation: Moose Jaw Temple Gardens (306) 694-5055
Best Western Plus
Heritage Inn
Sunday September 3: Great Falls to Deadwood
(Approx. 855 km’s/513 miles)
Meals Included:Breakfast
This morning we board our coach travelling southeast where we will stop for coffee
along the way before arriving into Billings for lunch. After our lunch stop, we continue
our travels to our destination of Deadwood, South Dakota for the next 4 nights.
6:00 A.M. Enjoy a complimentary breakfast
7:30 A.M. Load & Go
9:00 A.M. Edie’s Corner Truck Stop – 30 minute coffee stop
9:30 A.M. Depart
12:15 P.M. Billings, MT 1 hour lunch stop
1:15 P.M. Depart
3:15 P.M. Broadus, MT 30 minute coffee stop
3:45 P.M. Depart
5:45 P.M. Arrive Deadwood
A representative from the Mineral Palace Hotel will step on board the coach and give
you a briefing of happenings and promotions at the hotel. You will be given your room
keys along with coupons for all the extras while you are in Deadwood. Enjoy a
complimentary wine & cheese reception before going to your rooms.
Accommodations: Mineral Palace 605-578-2036
Monday September 4: Free Day
Meals Included: Breakfast
After two days of travelling enjoy a free day today and all Deadwood has to offer. Gamble,
dine and explore this historic town with its many gaming halls, restaurants and museums.
Catch the trolley for a tour around town, it stops right in front of our hotel.
Deadwood Time Line
1740-1760 The Lakota-Sioux appear in the Black Hills region.
1743 French explorers, the Verendrye brothers, claim the area for France in the name of Louis XV.
1868 U.S. government signs the Fort Laramie Treaty with the Lakota-Sioux.
1874 General George A. Custer leads a military expedition to the Black Hills and discovers gold.
1875 John B. Pearson finds gold in "Deadwood Gulch."
1876 Black Hills Gold Rush; city of Deadwood incorporated; Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane come to
1876, April 9 Fred and Moses Manuel claim the Homestake Mine.
1876, August 2 Wild Bill Hickok murdered by Jack McCall in the No. 10 Saloon.
1876, August 20 Preacher Henry W. Smith murdered on route to CrookCity, where he had planned to
give a sermon.
1877, June The Manuels sell the Homestake Mine to George Hearst (father of William Randolph Hearst).
1878 The first telephone exchange established in Deadwood.
1879, September 29 A fire starts at a bakery on Sherman Street and quickly spreads, destroying the
business district.
1880 Chinese immigrants come to Deadwood to work in mines or commerce.
1883, May 16 Heavy and wet spring snowstorms cause a flood that washes away most of Deadwood.
1889, November 2 South Dakota becomes a state.
1891 The Fremont, Elkhorn, and Missouri Valley Railroad connects Deadwood to the outside world.
1894 A fire starts at a boarding house and destroys the business district.
1899, August 24 William Jennings Bryan, Nebraskan politician, delivers a speech in Deadwood.
1911, October 21 President William Howard Taft delivers a speech from a platform on Pine Street, and
dines at the FranklinHotel.
1919 U.S. government passes the Prohibition Act, which bans the sale and distribution of alcohol;
reformers attack the gambling and prostitution establishments in Deadwood.
1920s Gambling operates behind closed doors but prostitution establishments still thriving illegally.
1927 Summer President Calvin Coolidge vacations in the Black Hills and participates in Deadwood's
Days of '76 celebration.
1935 Prohibition Act is repealed, gambling flourishes once again.
1947 Gambling officially ends in Deadwood.
1950-1960s Most prostitution establishments closed by the state's attorney.
1964 Deadwood becomes the first community designated a National Historic Landmark.
1973 - Historic Preservation Commission established.
1980 Pam's Purple Door, last prostitution house, closes.
1989, November 1 Gaming resumes in Deadwood after statwide vote in 1988.
1998, January Homestake Mine lays off a significant number of workers.
2000 Homestake Mine announces that it will permanently close its operations at the end of 2001.
2001 Extensive archaeological excavation of Chinese boarding house on Main Street.
2005 Promotion Tours first 6-day trip to Deadwood Via Moose Jaw Saskatchewan
2017- Sept 3rd Promotion Tours First 7 day trip to Deadwood Via Calgary
2017 - Promotion Tours is closing in on its 50
scheduled trip to Deadwood
Located between Custer and Hill City and about 17 miles from Mount Rushmore, the Crazy Horse
Memorial another dynamite-blasted, intricately carved Black Hills behemoth has been under
construction since 1948. Korczak Ziolkowski, its creator, also worked on Rushmore…but only for 19
days. An argument led to his departure and, ultimately, his own monument: Crazy Horse.
Featuring the Oglala Lakota leader, the statue will be 563 feet tall, the tallest sculpture in the world
once it’s completed. After 70 years work is still underway, but that doesn’t stop over a million people
from visiting the ongoing project every year. One great way to see it: On the first full weekend in June,
hikers are invited on the Volksmarch, a 6.2-mile trek that ends with a walk up the monument and
down Crazy Horse’s in-progress outstretched arm. It’s a 32-year-old tradition, one so popular that, for
the last five years, it’s been replicated in the fall. The dates of the two Volksmarches in 2017 are June 3-
4 and October 1.
Hands down one of the most recognizable landmarks in the United States is Mount Rushmore, located
among the Black Hills near Keystone, South Dakota. The massive carved faces of American Presidents
George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln dominate the view
from all around, and in total this national memorial is visited by more than two million people each
Stop into the visitor center and you’ll gain a new appreciation for this feat of engineering, totally
changing how you look at the four granite faces. You’ll learn that they took 14 years to carve,
accomplished by a team of 400+ workers who, once in their groove, could blast away at the rock with
near perfect precision, nailing shapes on the first try. Whatever happens to us on this planet, Mount
Rushmore will endure scientists put its lifespan at about 7 million years.
Tuesday September 5: Mt. Rushmore Tour ($15.00 U.S. per person)
This morning after breakfast enjoy an entertaining day trip through the Black Hills to Mount
Rushmore and the Crazy Horse Monument. You will have time to take pictures and have lunch
before boarding your coach back to Deadwood.
Meals Included: Breakfast
Complimentary breakfast buffet available from 8AM 10AM
9:00 A.M. Depart for guided area tour
10:00 A.M. Arrive Mount Rushmore 2 hour stop for pictures, see the exhibits
& lunch
12:00 P.M. Depart for Crazy Horse Monument
12:30 P.M. Arrive Crazy Horse Monument 2 hour stop for pictures and see
the exhibits
3:00 P.M. Depart for Deadwood
4:00 P.M. Arrive back at your Hotel (evening free to do as you choose)
Wednesday September 6
: Mineral Palace and Deadwood Activities
Meals Included: Breakfast
Complimentary breakfast buffet available from 8AM 10AM
This morning you are encouraged to sign up and partake in a free blackjack tournament and a
free slot tournament (times T.B.A) Cash prizes to the top three winners for each event. Sign up
sheets are available at the front desk.
You may choose to explore historic Deadwood with its 89 gambling halls, 36 restaurants and
museums. View a variety of attractions in and around Deadwood. Walk in the footsteps of
legends at one of the historic attractions. This is where you’ll find the final resting place of Wild
Bill Hickok & Calamity Jane. Explore the shopping opportunities or take in a buffet and enjoy a
Wild West feast.
Thursday September 7th: Deadwood to Great Falls, MT
Time to depart Deadwood and retrace our steps back to Great Falls for our final evening of the tour.
Meals Included: Breakfast
Express breakfast available in the Lobby from 6AM until departure
7:30 A.M. Load & Go
9:30 A.M. Broadus, MT 30 minute coffee stop
10:00 A.M. Depart
12:00 P.M. Billings, MT 1 hour lunch stop
1:00 P.M. Depart
3:15 P.M. Edie’s Corner Truck Stop – 30 minute coffee stop
3:45 P.M. Depart
5:45 P.M. Arrive Great Falls
Accommodation: Best Western Plus (406) 761-1900
Friday September 8
: Great Falls to Edmonton
This morning after breakfast we continue our trek back to Edmonton. Make a stop at the Duty Free
before crossing the border and returning home with new friendships and fond memories of your
Deadwood vacation.
Meals Included: Breakfast
6:30 A.M. Enjoy a complimentary breakfast
8:00 A.M. Depart Great Falls
9:45 A.M Duty Free
10:45 A.M. Clear Customs Welcome back to Canada!
11:45 A.M Lethbridge Park Place Mall 1-hour lunch stop
12:45 P.M. Depart
2:45 P.M. Calgary Flying J
3:15 P.M. Calgary Clarion Hotel
3:45 P.M Airdrie 30 minute coffee stop
4:15 P.M. Depart
5:30 P.M Red Deer
6:45 P.M. Leduc
7:00 P.M. Super 8 Southside
7:30 P.M. St. Albert Inn & Suites
Thank you for travelling with us!
Facts About the Black Hills
Located on the Great Plains in the United States, the Black Hills are a small mountain
chain extending from South Dakota to Wyoming. With a long cultural tie to the Native
Americans of the region, the name for the mountains comes from a Lakota word
describing the dense forest covering the hills. The area was settled during the 19th
century, primarily by European Americans seeking wealth from the gold found in the
area. A relatively unique area of geological interest, the Black Hills also feature a
number of national monuments both naturally formed and constructed over the years.
The area now known as the Black Hills was first inhabited by the Native American tribes
of Arikara, Cheyenne, Crow, Kiowa and Pawnee. However, these original inhabitants
were driven out of the area during the 18th century with the arrival of the Lakota,
themselves driven west by United States territorial expansion. The influx of European-
American settlers came during the 1800s, primarily after the discovery of gold in the
area. Conflict over land was the spark that started the Black Hills War, a battle between
white settlers and Plains Indians. The war culminated in the defeat of the Lakota,
Cheyenne and Arapaho in 1876 and the United States took control of the Black Hills.
The Black Hills is one of the most complex geological formations in the world. With a
strong history of volcanic activity, the mountains and valleys are a diverse collection of
igneous rock like granite and pegmatite. The core of the Black Hills is composed
primarily of metamorphic rock, most likely transformed from strong pressures during a
period of geological uplift. Additional deposits of sedimentary rock can also be found
near the core. One of the most prominent features of these natural formations are the
Needles, a series of granite pillars that have eroded over time, leaving pointed spires
jutting out from the mountains.
The Black Hills feature a number of monuments, centered in parks and popular with
tourists from all over the country and world. Mount Rushmore National Memorial is one
of the most popular of these memorials. Dedicated to the memory of famous Presidents
of the United States, Mount Rushmore is a 60-foot-tall granite sculpture. Another
monument, currently under construction, is the Crazy Horse Memorial. Dedicated to the
memory of the Oglala Lakota warrior and Native Americans in general, Crazy Horse is
planned to be the largest sculpture ever constructed, measuring 641 feet tall and 563
feet wide. A natural phenomena also graces the mountains of the Black Hills in the form
of the Devils Tower. Believed to be the interior of an extinct volcano, the Devils Tower is
a igneous rock formation towering 1,267 feet above the surrounding area.
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