Population: 844 • Elevation: 3,655
Whitewood, named after nearby birch and aspen trees, sits on the northeast edge of the Black Hills in a pretty valley with Whitewood Creek flowing alongside the town. The town is conveniently located along I-90 at Exit 23 where guests can choose from several motels, restaurants and other activities in the area.
Whitewood, established in 1888, became known as the "Hub of the Hills" where the railroad loaded lumber and other goods to be shipped to other communities in the Black Hills. Many rode the rail line to Whitewood for a popular Labor Day celebration that attracted visitors from around the hills to a parade and an old-fashioned picnic in Oak Park. Currently many of the old buildings along Meade Street are being restored with hopes of more restoration in the future.
Each August the small town of Sturgis, seven miles east of Whitewood on I-90, welcomes half a million motorcycle enthusiasts. For about two weeks out of the year the City of Sturgis becomes a metropolis. During the rally, Sturgis has the people, the shopping and the entertainment to match any big city. Over 800 temporary businesses set up vending -- everything from tattoos and body piercing to luxurious fur coats and exquisite jewelry. And leather everywhere!
The historical town of Deadwood is only a short 15 miles from Whitewood on west I-90 to Exit 17 and south on US Hwy 85. In the 1870s, Deadwood Gulch was the site of the last big frontier gold rush in North America. Fueled by gold and greed, Deadwood began as a lawless camp of get-rich prospectors and a business district comprised largely of saloons, dance halls, card parlors and bodacious bordellos. Deadwood flourished on gold mining for more than a century, but today it is well known for its rich history, legal gambling and attractions that are all related to gold, or the wild and woolly gold rush heritage of this wonderfully restored community.