Preservation Thursday: A History of Sports in Deadwood and Lead
DEADWOOD, S.D. – John Keene, longtime Deadwood resident and coach will discuss the history of athletics in Lead and Deadwood on Thursday, February 8, 2007 at 5:15 p.m. in the Pioneer Room at the Adams Museum, 54 Sherman St. The lecture will be followed by an open discussion. Community members of all ages are encouraged to attend. The event is free, open to the public and wheelchair accessible.
From its very beginnings, Deadwood has been a city focused on building a strong community. Early residents not only established shops, hotels, schools and fraternal organizations—they started a strong sports tradition, alive and well in both Lead and Deadwood today. As early as 1876, residents found entertainment and enjoyment in bowling at multiple venues both in and out of doors, including the Harris & Co. Alley on Deadwood’s Main Street. Ice skating too was deemed a craze in the early years. Lead and Deadwood were rivals in every sport, particularly baseball, up until the 1970s when the two school districts merged.
John Keene attended school in Deadwood and is a 1965 graduate of Deadwood High School. There, he participated in football and track and started an adult soccer program in 1968. Keene attended college on a skiing scholarship and eventually returned to Deadwood as a Little League and youth soccer coach in 1978. Since that time, he has operated a ski and sporting goods store, a gaming establishment, Kawasaki motorcycle shop and is currently the co-owner of Keene Team REMAX real estate franchise with his wife Terri. They also operate a ski and snowboard shop west of Lead.
Preservation Thursday is sponsored by the Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission, Gold Dust Gaming/Holiday Inn Express, the Black Hills Pioneer, Cadillac Jack’s Gaming Resort and Deadwood Gulch Resort and Gaming. For more information please contact 605-578-3724.
A photograph of John Keene is available upon request.
The Adams Museum, Historic Adams House and Homestake-Adams Research Center identify, preserve, collect, interpret and promote the history and culture of Deadwood and the surrounding Black Hills. www.AdamsMuseumAndHouse.org