Deadwood breaks ground on new Main Street plaza

DEADWOOD, S.D. (KOTA TV) - Deadwood's Main Street is getting a face lift with its new plaza.

On Monday, the city of Deadwood broke ground on a $4 million plaza on Main Street. It will have a big stage, an ice rink, fire pits, and a gazebo.

Several people gathered to see the plaza that's been in the making for five years. One of the members of the planning committee hopes to see an increase in tourism and retail for the city. The city and the Main Street Initiative Committee wanted to make sure to keep the Western history alive when designing the plaza ... including the name, Outlaw Square.

"You know Deadwood has always kind of been known for it's Wild West for its frontier, it's gunman and also a haven for outlaws. People seeking there fortune," says Saloon Number 10 co-owner Louie Lalonde.

It's expected to be completed in early September.

The first event to be held in Outlaw Square will be the Deadwood Jam in mid September.