Will the stagecoach ride again in Deadwood? - KOTA Territory News

Will the stagecoach ride again in Deadwood?

It's been a few years since the folks in Deadwood have seen a horse drawn stagecoach gallop down its streets.

"I think it would be a great attraction for the city of Deadwood. We need more attractions like that," said Gary Todd, Deadwood city council member.

Now stagecoach operator Dick Herman said he wants to bring the idea back.

The ride would go up Main Street to the Wells Fargo parking lot and back. That’s about a 20 minute ride. His team would also give people a bit of history about the town during the ride, while bringing tourists, and their dollars, back to the community.

"I think it will bring some money into the town. It will give families something to do. Families don't come here to gamble,” Herman said.

During Monday night’s city council meeting, one of the main concerns discussed regarding the project was safety and liability.

"I do have some concerns about the liability issues for the city," Todd said.

Shari Kosel, who spoke against the project, said horses just don't belong on Main Street.

"I think the Days of 76 could benefit greatly from having it at the rodeo grounds."

Herman said with gambling in Deadwood on the decline, a stagecoach could help bring people back to town.

'You need something to bring people to town. I just figured having the stagecoach would kind of contribute to bring more tourists into town."

After Monday night’s discussion, the council tabled the issue until next week's meeting.

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