Built by pioneer businessman W.E. Adams in memory of his first wife and daughters, the Adams Museum is the Black Hills' oldest history museum. It is home to some of the Black Hills’ greatest treasures, including Potato Creek Johnny’s gold nugget, American illustrator N.C. Wyeth’s pencil sketch drawing of Western legend Wild Bill Hickok, the mysterious Thoen Stone record of the Ezra Kind party’s discovery of gold in the Hills in the 1830s, and a one-of-a-kind plesiosaur. In 1989 South Dakota voted to allow tax proceeds from limited stakes gaming to benefit historic preservation, revitalizing Deadwood and allowing for the hiring of full-time museum and preservation specialists to restore the Adams Museum and its collection.
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