Deadwood is betting on its rejuvenated gambling industry that now includes roulette and craps to revamp its tourism numbers that have flatlined over the last years that are several.
Deadwood, South Dakota, is not as much as four square miles in size, but with 24 gambling venues the town has more casinos than that on most states.
The historic settlement played a crucial role in the expansion of the US west, as miners and silver rushers journeyed to the Dakota Black Hills in search of treasure during the late 1800s.
The storied history of Deadwood is a read that is fascinating but its recent history isn’t much to reveal.
The bustling city of the 19th century is no longer, house to less than 1,300 residents in 2015.
Its economy that greatly relies on tourism is struggling to attract visitors, however that could change thanks to a new resolution put into place July 1st that now permits Deadwood casinos to offer roulette, craps and keno.
Only poker, blackjack, and slots were previously allowed.
‘It’s going to change the image of Deadwood,’ Mike Rodman, executive manager of this Deadwood Gaming Association said. ‘Deadwood now is just a full-fledged video gaming destination.’
Boom to Bust, Bust to Boom
The mining that is once-lawless did not officially legalize gambling until 1989. That provided a spark in tourism that led to an economic boom.
Tax arises from gambling revenues were allotted towards the preservation of historic buildings, using the Adams Museum & House, the home that is former of Adams being restored in 2000.