DEADWOOD, S.D. - Let your child imagine themselves years in the past as a deputy of the law during the days where outlaws and renegades ran ragged in the streets of Deadwood. Deadwood Alive has a motto of "Witness the Thrill of a Main Street Shootout!" With daily shows during the summer (the season runs from May 23 - Sept. 26) along Main Street, families and visitors have multiple opportunities to view a show.
Each show is historically accurate, family-friendly and free. Incredibly realistic, the actors really dive into their rolls as characters from the Wild West. Some of the Main Street Shootouts include the Strange Tale of David Lunt, Showdown on Gold Street, and the May/Prescott Web Altercation. They're short too, so you don't have to worry about stalling supper or missing the stores. Simply swing by at one of the scheduled times (you can view them online, the schedule is subject to change).
The performers also have a special performance that are available; however, it does cost a small admission. To see the Trial of Jack McCall, one of the nation's longest running plays, book your tickets online or call 1-800-344-8826.
Just like in the Main Street Shootouts, the audience is asked to participate. On the other hand, it isn't just the kids this time! You might be asked to serve as a juror in the trial. Jack McCall was also known as "Crooked Nose" or "Broken Nose Jack." In March of 1877, he was found guilty of the murder of Wild Bill Hickok, and was executed.
After fleeing to Wyoming, McCall could have lived a happy life free of toil and strife, but his mouth led him to arrest by a US Marshall. Too often, he would brag about his success in killing Wild Bill. In August of the year before he was executed, McCall shot Hickok in the back of the head claiming "he killed Wild Bill to avenge his brother's death."
His first trial was held in Deadwood where there was no official law enforcement, so he was found innocent. It was after his arrest in Wyoming, where he was sent to Yankton for a retrial. McCall then was found guilty, and the rest is history.