Picks and Pans Review: The 1880 Train
Occasionally the 1880, which has been operated out of Hill City, S.D. for the last 23 seasons by Bill and Henrietta Heckman, makes a special excursion to Deadwood, S.D., where Wild Bill Hickok was killed. It chugs through Annie Oakley's and Calamity Jane's old stomping ground too. If you're lucky you'll get to ride on one of their five 99-year-old cars to traverse the dense Black Hills national forest along tracks built during the gold rush. At one point, the 1880 negotiates a four percent grade, the steepest in North America. The $7.50 adult fare and $3.50 children's even takes passengers to a location where Gunsmoke's Matt Dillon once jumped off in hot pursuit of desperadoes.
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