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1882 Black Hills Dakota Vacation Home


Last updated: 12/04/2014
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Custer house description

Welcome to the 1882 Dakota Territory Vacation Home.
This home offers the traveler all the comforts of home surrounded by all the modern conveniences, all while staying in a piece of Custer's storied past. This home was constructed shortly after General Custer's first expedition into the area. Also, with a little investigation one discovers that while the original Custer County Courthouse was being built, a home, not too far away (this one), was also rising from the ground. Folks were amazed back in the day (and even still to this day) how similar the materials were (bricks, bldg hardware, etc) to that of the New Courthouse....after closer inspection the builder of the home wound up in the clink for siphoning off materials from the courthouse for his own gain. His 'act' still stands to this day and can be noted in the earliest photographs of Custer.`Come and stay in a true piece of Custer History, The 1882 Dakota Territory Home.

A Virtual Tour:
Main Level: Savor a morning cup of coffee on The Hitch – our front porch. Minnie’s Kitchen is equipped with almost every culinary tool you could ever need during your visit, including a dishwasher. There are two grocery stores in town: Custer County Market, two blocks east & across the street, pick up some buffalo meat for grilled burgers on the McKinley Patio, grill and tools are ready...just add the sizzle. For a more formal dinner at home, choose a bottle of wine at Lynn’s Dakota Mart on the eastern edge of downtown. If you’re in the mood for a meal out, enjoy one of Custer's many fine restaurants.

For some Custer-style fun, you’ll find board games and puzzles in the McHugh Game Parlor, as well as arcade games and a juke box – no quarters needed. Parents, there is an OFF switch if you just can’t take it anymore! Guests needing a change of pace can relax in the Dakota Dining/Living Room where a selection of local interest books and prints by local artists can be found. A DVD player and some movies can be found by the living room TV. A Video store is just across the street. The Sundstrom Hideaway is the only bedroom (queen bed) on the main level, and offers easy access to the kitchen, laundry room and main level bathroom. Of course, FREE WiFi throughout!

Upper Level: We hope you find the Newberg Nest (king bed – back bedroom upstairs) to be cozy, comfortable and even a little romantic. Relax in the cozy reading chair or watch a little TV before bed. In Rosa’s Room you'll find a queen bed – (upstairs at front of house), and in Julia’s Room (1 single bed & 1 queen bed – (middle upstairs walk through bedroom) with Playstation and several games to choose from. Two TVs in the house are hooked up to local cable. There’s a selection of books for your enjoyment upstairs. Towels for the upstairs bathroom are in the hallway, and spare bedding is in Rosa’s closet. Extra towels can be found in the laundry room off the kitchen. Feel free to use the washer and dryer during your stay if you wish.

If you’re visiting during the warmer months, we hope you’ll enjoy a stroll through Sadie’s Garden – a great place to unwind on the east side of the house. There are two Rhubarb plants in back that can be harvested for wonderful desserts.
Relax and Enjoy your stay at the - 1882 Dakota Territory House!
We hope you’ll sign our guestbook on the main level before you head back home.

Your Hosts, Dave and Julie

A little history...
In 1982, on the one-hundredth birthday of what is now the 1882 Dakota Territory Vacation Home, Gayle Newberg, former owner, spoke for the home:

“I’m celebrating my Birthday, just one hundred years ago today my builder and owner walked through the front door of his “comfortable and commodious” new brick home on “upper Custer Avenue.” His name was Patrick McHugh, owner of a saloon and brick yard, and president of the board of trustees of Custer City, Dakota Territory.”

“I sit firmly on a side hill on lot 5, block 34. My 17-inch (thick) walls sit on a wide foundation of rock. They are built of two courses of brick with space in between. Every sixth row is placed endwise to tie them firmly. Where my owner got his windows, doors, and hardware and woodwork, I haven’t a guess, but I have always been proud that they match those in the equally new courthouse down the street a block and a half.”

“On July 13, 1882, Pat gave me to his wife, Rosa.” Poor Pat, it’s good that he built well. I was pretty shaken to learn that, as a result of a judgment against him by Messers, Plunkett and Lynch of Pennington County, I was to be auctioned off from the courthouse steps at 10 a.m. Sept. 28, 1883 by Sheriff John Code and his deputy, H.N. Ross.”

“I was bought by Buell R. Wood for $462.72, who promptly “gave” me to his wife. The Woods made me nervous. They mortgaged me 13 times between 1883 and 1907. The last was to Anna M. Courney, and she got me. Turns out she was married to William Courtney. It took Anna six years to clear my name, even though she made “valuable improvements”. In fact the Woods were still making legal claims until 1919, when Anna and her husband sold me to Julia and Frank Gira who turned me over to George Hitch. You may remember the Hitches…related to the Kidwells, I do. They added on my front porch! It was pretty fancy to be sure, it really dressed me up. I felt like a fine lady.”

“Well, George gave me to his wife, Nellie. In 1941, Widow Hitch sold me to to Carl Sundstrom, a single man...ran a newspaper, I’ve heard. Carl, by his attorney-in-fact, J.L. Sundstrom, sold me to L.D. and Signa Pitts (saved having to give it to her) in 1945. Lon (Pitts) built a fancy house on the corner and sold me to Harvey Robertson. Harvey and Minnie took good care of me for many peaceful years. In 1972, they reluctantly entrusted me to some old friends, Winston and Gayle Newberg. I was her birthday present!”

“These people! They never let me rest. They kept my innards in an uproar...always changing and improving me.....and they decide I need another improvement. It’s painful but sort of interesting. Keeps me from getting old.”

Since 1982, the house was purchased by the Gausman family; Chet and Mary, and Kris and Gretchen Gosch. They have also shaken its bricks and timber with a complete modernization of the interior by Black Hills Design and Construction. It’s present owners are Bob and Sarah Kopp, a young Entrepreneurial family.

The 128 year old Romanesque Revival home is located on Mt. Rushmore Rd., formally known as “upper Custer Avenue”, “Custer City, Dakota Territory”.
- this was written by Gayle Newburg, a former owner of the home.

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Property Type

  • House
  • 2200 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental


          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


          • Long-Term Renters Welcome
          • Children Welcome
          • Non Smoking Only
          • Pets Not Allowed
          • Wheelchair Inaccessible

          Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 9-10

          Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

          Other Amenities

              • Close to EVERYTHING! Game Parlor with Pinball, Arcade & Jukebox, Rhubarb Garden, FREE stable WiFi....moreless


              • Books
              • Game Room:

                Full size Arcade Games!...moreless

              • Games
              • Music Library
              • Satellite / Cable
              • Television
              • Video Game Console
              • Video Games


              • Adventure
              • Away From It All
              • Family
              • Historic
              • Romantic
              • Sports & Activities
              • Tourist Attractions


              • Churches
              • Cinemas
              • Festivals
              • Forests
              • Health/Beauty Spa
              • Library
              • Live Theater
              • Museums
              • Playground
              • Recreation Center
              • Restaurants
              • Theme Parks
              • Water Parks
              • Winery Tours

              Local Services & Businesses

              • ATM/Bank
              • Fitness Center
              • Groceries
              • Hospital
              • Laundromat
              • Massage Therapist
              • Medical Services

              Leisure Activities

              • Antiquing
              • Bird Watching
              • Boating
              • Eco Tourism
              • Gambling Casinos
              • Horseback Riding
              • Horseshoes
              • Miniature Golf
              • Paddle Boating
              • Photography
              • Scenic Drives
              • Shopping
              • Sight Seeing
              • Sledding
              • Walking
              • Wildlife Viewing

              Location Type

              • Lake
              • Monument View:

                Amazing view of the 'Custerwood' sign! ...moreless

              • Mountain View:

                Amazing view of the 'Custerwood' sign! Hike to the top of Big Rock Lookout where the 'Custer' sign resides, atop a 5,600' summit....moreless

              Sports & Adventure Activities

              • Basketball Court
              • Cross Country Skiing
              • Cycling
              • Fishing
              • Fly Fishing
              • Freshwater Fishing
              • Golf
              • Hiking
              • Hot Air Ballooning
              • Hunting
              • Hunting Big Game
              • Hunting Small Game
              • Ice Skating
              • Jet Skiing
              • Kayaking
              • Mountain Biking
              • Mountain Climbing
              • Mountaineering
              • Pier Fishing
              • Rafting
              • Rock Climbing
              • Roller Blading
              • Skiing
              • Snowboarding
              • Snowmobiling
              • Spelunking
              • Swimming
              • Tennis
              • Water Skiing
              • Water Tubing


              • Dining Area
              • Seating for 10 people


              • Activities Guide
              • Air Conditioning:

                Most homes in the Black Hills do not have a/c due to 'banana belt' weather conditions (mild weather and evenings almost always cool down). There is a window a/c upstairs and central a/c down....moreless

              • Alarm Clock
              • Basic Soaps
              • Clothes Dryer:

                Full Size...moreless

              • Hair Dryer
              • Heating
              • Internet
              • Iron & Board
              • Linens Provided
              • Living Room
              • Local Activities Guide
              • Local Maps
              • Parking
              • Parking Off Street
              • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
              • Telephone
              • Toilet Paper
              • Towels Provided
              • Washing Machine:

                Full Size...moreless

              • Wireless Internet:



              • Blender
              • Coffee Maker
              • Cooking Utensils:

                Every culinary tool necessary for your stay!...moreless

              • Dishes & Utensils
              • Dishwasher
              • Grill
              • Kitchen:

                Every culinary tool necessary for your stay!...moreless

              • Microwave
              • Oven
              • Pantry Items
              • Refrigerator
              • Stove
              • Toaster


              • Deck / Patio:

                Large side patio and also a covered front porch!...moreless

              • Golf:

                nearby course...moreless

              • Lawn / Garden
              • Outdoor Grill
              • Outdoor Grill Gas
              • Patio
              • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
              • Wood Deck

              Payment Type

              • Discover
              • Mastercard
              • Visa

              Pool / Spa

                  • Communal Pool:

                    Custer City Pool is a short walk away....moreless

                  Forms Of Payment

                      • Accept Credit Card


                      Write a review 4.8
                      from 18 traveler reviews
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                      Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                      Shoulder Season
                      Oct 1 - May 14, 2015
                      3 night min stay

                      Rates are based on 6 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

                      High Season 2015
                      May 15 - Sep 28, 2015
                      3 night min stay

                      Rates are based on 6 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

                      My Standard Rate
                      3 night min stay

                      Additional information about rental rates


                      • Damage Protect. to $750 $45 + tax
                      • Reservation Fee $55 + tax
                      • Tax Rate 8.5%


                      Please Note: Sturgis Rally week requires a 7 night stay starting 8/2-8/9. You CAN add days to this block. Rally Rate is $549-$649 per night based on number of guests. Specific Rally terms and conditions apply.

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                      Last updated: 12/04/2014
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                      52 Miles
                      Nearest Airport
                      Rapid City Regional Airport

                      Mt Rushmore 20 mins

                      Crazy Horse 8 mins

                      Sylvan Lake 20 mins

                      Custer State Park 5 mins

                      Fun and Frolic Already there!

                      Also, Jewel Cave, Wind Cave 20 mins

                      Mammoth Site 35 mins

                      Wild Horse Sanctuary 50 mins


                      Owner info

                      Year Purchased: 2012

                      About the owner: We are a family that has hospitality in our blood. I was raised in a family resort setting in Northern Minnesota and fully understand and desire to give a great guest expierinece here in Custer. We fell in love with South Dakota and the Black Hills after a family road trip 6 years ago and and we actually stayed in this property while vacationing in the Hills and the rest, as they say, is history.

                      Why the Owner Chose Custer:
                      We love the convenience that Custer has to offer. We originally vacationed in more remote settings but really loved the location this property offers to all the 'must see/must do's' while in the Hills, not to mention the ability to get items that we forgot at the store etc..

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                      • 1882 Black Hills Dakota Vacation Home

                        1882 Black Hills Dakota Vacation Home

                      • McHugh Game Parlor

                        McHugh Game Parlor

                      • Sundstrom Hideaway

                        Sundstrom Hideaway

                      • Rosa's room

                        Rosa's room

                      • A. McKinley Patio faces east

                        A. McKinley Patio faces east

                      • The Dakota Living Room

                        The Dakota Living Room

                      • Front porch

                        Front porch

                      • Minnie's Kitchen

                        Minnie's Kitchen

                      • Dakota Dining/Living Room

                        Dakota Dining/Living Room

                      • Julia's room

                        Julia's room

                      • Newberg's Nest

                        Newberg's Nest

                      • The Dakota Dining Room seats 8-10

                        The Dakota Dining Room seats 8-10

                      • McHugh Game Parlor

                        McHugh Game Parlor

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                      This listing was first published here in 2011.

                      Date last modified - Thursday, December 18, 2014

                      $235 - $299 per night (USD)

                      4 Bedroom / 2 Bathroom
                      Sleeps 10

                      View calendar: Updated 12/04/14
                      Minimum stay: 3 nights
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                      Member since: 2011
                      Speaks: english
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