Adams House

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The 1893 Queen Anne Victorian Adams Mansion was built by entrepreneur Harris Franklin. Former owner W.E. Adams, who died of a stroke here, is said to have never left. When his wife Mary heard his spirit, out of respect for his privacy, she closed up the house and moved out, leaving everything as it was. It remained uninhabited (except for the ghost) for nearly 50 years. Now a museum, the staff here says the ghost has made himself known by his cigar smoke or rocking a rocking chair.

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22 Van Buren Avenue
Deadwood, SD 57732
United States

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44.3721588, -103.7267392
Lawrence County, South Dakota
Nearest Towns:
Deadwood, SD (0.3 mi.)
Central City, SD (2.3 mi.)
Lead, SD (2.3 mi.)
Whitewood, SD (7.5 mi.)
Spearfish, SD (10.5 mi.)
Sturgis, SD (11.1 mi.)
Saint Onge, SD (12.1 mi.)
North Spearfish, SD (12.4 mi.)
North Spearfish, SD (12.7 mi.)
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