Unique antique old west firearms and related items displayed for trade in Deadwood

Folks got to put their eyes and hands on one of the most historically significant collections of antique firearms and old west related items in the region Friday.

It was the first day of the Deadwood Old West Show and Auction.
Nearly 60 tables of vendors from across the United States were there displaying pieces of history related to the Black Hills.
That includes some of the most unique firearms, and pictures dating back hundreds of years. Behind every piece was a story that everyone in attendance was ready to tell or listen to.

"It's a perfect venue here in Deadwood to hold an old west auction and vendor show. The Deadwood history is just absolutely fascinating, the Black Hills history is fascinating, the Old West history to our area is just fascinating and that's what we're all about," said Rick Olesen, owner of Dakota Plains Auction Co.

There will be an auction tomorrow night back at the Lodge at Deadwood featuring about 510 lots. It begins at 12 p.m. and will run until later in the evening. Admission is free.