In 1883, seventeen-year-old John Eli Perrett emigrated from Wales to the Black Hills in search of gold. He staked a claim on Potato Creek in Spearfish Canyon where he spent many years panning for gold. Perrett's world forever changed when on May 27, 1929 he found a 4-3/4 inch long gold nugget.
As long as anyone can remember, the Homestake Slime Plant has stood watch over Deadwood. Countless workers made a living here. Generations of children walked past it on their way to school. In recent decades, however,it wasmostly been a sad relic of a bygone era.
Once known as the wildest and woolliest town in the West, Deadwood is decidedly friendlier today than it was in its 1870s heyday. Founded two years after the discovery of gold during the 1874 Custer Expedition. In the past two decades, more than $220 million has been invested in Deadwood.
This motorcycle means – and symbolizes – a lot to Niles Harris of Deadwood. The bike was given to him in 2006 by Big Kenny Alphin and John Rich of Big & Rich. He was the inspiration for their hit song "8th of November." Niles met Big & Rich in 2002, while the aspiring country duo was performing in Deadwood.