Since the cry of “gold” sounded in the Black Hills in 1875, prospectors of, and from, all ages have arrived in Deadwood, just steps from where the legendary gold camp sprung up and only a few feet from the Silverado Franklin.
With the large players center, spacious restaurant, open gaming floor and the biggest poker room in town, the Silverado Franklin Historic Hotel and Gaming Complex ranks as the largest premiere casino, located at the top of Deadwood’s Historic Main Street, and a vivid reminder of the Wild Wild West.
“This is really a truly authentic historical experience, unlike any other, that immerses you in the days of the Wild Wild West,” said Elena Dagit, director of marketing for the Silverado Franklin. “Just steps from where gold was first discovered and where Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane walked, visitors can recreate their own historical adventure.”
Host to some of history’s most notable figures and characters – Theodore Roosevelt, John Wayne, Buffalo Bill Cody, Babe Ruth, among them – the legendary Victorian-styled, 81-room Franklin Hotel has kept its charm since 1903. The refinished tin ceiling, restored woodwork and fluted columns serve as an elegant background to the elaborate chandeliers, colored glass and gilded fixtures. The hotel’s renowned parapet and flag pole, which alerted Old West visitors of its location from days gone by, has undergone a complete restoration and now beckons today’s travelers to the corner of Shine and Main streets. Sip cocktails on the hotel’s second-floor veranda (seasonal), the coolest viewing hotspot. Sweeping views of historic Main Street, Mount Moriah Cemetery (final resting spot of Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane), White Rocks and the town of Deadwood.
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But, oh, the gaming. From the days when the first prospectors sidled up to the table games eager to spend their newly discovered gold nuggets, the site continues to dazzle for those looking to strike it rich, both in terms of winnings and entertainment. Pick your pleasure: Texas Hold’Em, Caribbean Stud, Four-card Poker, Let It Ride and Three-Card Poker, roulette and more than 250 slots. The largest poker room in the area plays host to the annual South Dakota State Poker Championship ($100,000 in prize money) and the Deadwood Shootout Poker Tournament. In addition, the casino offers players and guests incredible promotions, including car giveaways, cash and more.
Food to fuel the Franklin adventure include plenty of food and drink options (a large wine list), among them the Legends Steakhouse and Vegas-style Silverado Grand Buffet, voted as the No. 1 Steakhouse by Trip Advisor, No. 1 Buffet – Best of the Black Hills by Rapid City Journal readers and featured on both the Travel Channel and Food Network. Choose from more than 80 feet of made-from-scratch and made-to-order food stations, wood-fired pizza, dessert and salad bars. Crack crab legs and experience simmering prime-rib – all you can eat – on Friday and Saturday nights. Join in the revelry at the Outlaw Square Deck with covered seating and overhead heating.
Park your car for the stay and relive history steps away from the complex where Hickok played his last Dead Man’s Hand (black aces and eights) and where Sheriff Seth Bullock reigned supreme. Declared a National Historic Landmark in 1961, the city plays host to historic street shootout reenactments in front of the hotel, stage coach rides and more. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy winter sports, hiking and the gorgeous mountain scenery.
Looking to strike it rich in terms of entertainment? Double down in Deadwood.
Learn more about Silverado Franklin at silveradofranklin.com.