Potato Creek Johnny's Nugget
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.
A New Job for an Old Friend
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 was mostly been a sad relic of a bygone era. Deadwood Mountain Grand, with its restaurant, casino, hotel and entertainment venue, brings an exciting new role for Deadwood's old friend.
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, Deadwood is anything but dead today. In fact, in the past two decades, more than $220 million has been invested in this quaint Victorian town tucked in a gold-filled gulch, making Deadwood one of the largest ongoing historic preservation projects in the nation.
The action in Deadwood drew the likes of Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane. Wild Bill’s stay, however, was short. He was shot in the head while playing poker at the Saloon No. 10. He died holding two pair aces and eights, forever known as the Dead Man’s Hand.