While some boys were dreaming of being firemen and astronauts, this one felt the tug of the Wild West. Now for nearly 25 years, Jerry Allan has been living that dream.
Four months out of the year for the past 25 years Allan slings guns, re–enacts Wild Bill Hickok three shows a day, and sings six days a week at the Red Garter Saloon in Keystone.
He says the same magic of the west that drew him to the Black Hills, draws many others to watch him perform. And because he has been at it so long, some that watched him as a kid are now bringing their children to do the same. "I think I was born 150 years too late," said Allan with a chuckle. "I've always had a fascination of the west and wanted to be part of it."
Allan and his Wild West crew are hoping to eventually make a western movie about the Black Hills called "Cheyenne River." Allan has already been in TV shows and movies including the Walt Disney film "Iron Will" where he played "Remy."