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Journey Discussions: Colorado Charlie

March 18, 2021  6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Virtual presentations are back with Journey Discussions! 

Meet a colorful figure from the Wild West days in Deadwood! Randy Christensen reenacts the character known as “Colorado Charlie Utter.”

This colorful character roamed the streets of Deadwood during the wild and raucous gold rush era. His famous wagon train pulled into the “Gulch” in 1876 with an amazing cast of Old West celebrities, including Calamity Jane and Charlie’s best partner Wild Bill Hickok.

Charlie was a “Jack of all trades” including a freighter and guide high in the Rocky Mountains, Pony Express and freight owner in Deadwood, and a brothel owner in Lead. Though he had no medical degree, he eventually moved to Panama and supposedly set-up shop as a physician where he would spend the rest of his days.

As part of our “Journey Discussions” series, Randy’s performance is pre-recorded, and he will be live virtually for a Q&A following the video. You can submit questions ahead of time after registering. This is a free program, but there is limited registration space.

Randy is the author of the children’s Old West illustrated fantasy, “Charlie Klinker the Lil’ Stinker: a Tale of a Pioneer Mouse.” Catch him for a book signing at the museum on Saturday, March 20 at 11 a.m.


Christensen holds degrees from the University of South Dakota in History and Sociology, and South Dakota State University in Counseling, Guidance and Personnel Services. Throughout his career, he’s counseled children and families in Sioux Falls and Rapid City, also acting as program coordinator for Rapid City Area Schools.

He’s directed children’s theater and coached several championship scholastic chess teams. As an educator, he’s taught hundreds of classes at universities around the state.

As a performer, you may know him as characters like Deputy Marshal D. Boone May on the streets of Deadwood. For the past several years, Christensen has been at Deadwood’s legendary Old Style Saloon #10 working as their resident historian and author, plus acting in their shows as Colorado Charlie.


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The Journey Museum is currently in Winter Hours:

Winter Hours

(October 1st – April 30th)
10 AM – 5 PM Monday through Saturday
1 PM – 5 PM Sundays

Summer Hours

(May 1st – September 30th)
9 AM – 6 PM Monday through Saturday
11 AM – 5 PM Sundays


All individual admissions are good for two days with receipt.

Museum General Admission:

Adults (ages 18+) $10
Seniors (ages 62+) $8
Students (ages 6 – 17) $7
Children 5 & under FREE with family

Groups (10+ people):

$7 per person

Tour guides available. Please call (605) 394-6923 one week prior to visit to schedule.

Education Groups (12+ students):

$3 per student (all students 18 and under)
$5 College Students

Chaperones are requested. Special pricing will be extended to adult chaperones.

Tour guides available. Please call (605) 394-6923 one week prior to visit to schedule.