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Relax! Lots of Space! Big Rooms! Awesome Location in Quaint Mountain Town! a/C!

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Last updated: 05/24/2017
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  • Minimum stay:2-7 nights
  • Sleeps:10
  • Bedrooms:4
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

Home Features 4 Bedrooms and 2 Baths, (Sleeps 10). A True Custer Landmark.

Welcome to the 1882 Dakota Territory Vacation Home. This home is located in the quaint mountain town of Custer, the Estes Park of South Dakota. Custer is a great mountain town that teems with life. The town offers the friendly smiles of South Dakotans and the ability to walk to dining and entertainment anytime of the day. Best of all, you have direct access to all the sites from this location which is perched just 2 miles from the West Gate of the Park. After a weary day of fun and frolic, retire in this vacation home with its double brick walls and the only thing that will rattle your cage is the snoring from a deep, deep sleep.
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.

Keywords: Old West Style Vacation, Barbecue Grill, Historic House, Game Room, Comfortable Beds, Family Fun, Central Location, Black Hills, Family Reunions, Extended Family, Outdoors, Beautifully Furnished, Centrally Located in the Beautiful Black Hills, Free WiFi, Walking Distance to Dining & Shopping, Romanesque Revival Home Cabin, Hill City, Vacation Rental, Family Friendly
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Member since: 2011

Speaks: english
Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 05/24/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 2200 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 10
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • 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:

    Cable TV...moreless

  • Television


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


  • Autumn Foliage
  • Caves
  • 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
  • Outlet Shopping
  • 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
  • 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 central a/c throughout....moreless

  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer:

    Full Size...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet:

    Stable, not satellite, the real thing!...moreless

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

    Full Size...moreless

  • Wireless Internet:


  • Free Wifi


  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils:

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

  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • 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:

    New Grill...moreless

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

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool:

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



from 30 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
High Season 2017
May 23 - Sep 30, 2017
3 night min stay

Rates are based on 7 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

Rally Week
Aug 6 - Aug 12, 2017
7 night min stay

flat fee
Shoulder Season
Oct 1 - May 23, 2018
2 night min stay
High Season 2018
May 24 - Sep 30, 2018
3 night min stay
Rally Week 2018
Aug 4 - Aug 10, 2018
7 night min stay

flat fee
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Cleaning Fee $125 + tax
  • Damage Protect. to $750 $45 + tax
  • Tax Rate 9.5%


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Owner's cancellation policy:

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.

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Last updated: 05/24/2017
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52 Miles
Nearest Airport
Rapid City Regional Airport

Mt Rushmore 20 mins

Crazy Horse 8 mins

Sylvan Lake 15 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 8 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, SD, USA:
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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Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 05/24/2017

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  • Relax and Enjoy! Custer approved!

    Relax and Enjoy! Custer approved!

  • Relax and enjoy one another!

    Relax and enjoy one another!

  • The Dakota Living Room

    The Dakota Living Room

  • McHugh Game Parlor, play a game together!

    McHugh Game Parlor, play a game together!

  • Lots of room to prepare a meal.....or walk to dining and eat out!

    Lots of room to prepare a meal.....or walk to dining and eat out!

  • Dakota Dining/Living Room

    Dakota Dining/Living Room

  • Rosa's room

    Rosa's room

  • A. McKinley Patio faces east

    A. McKinley Patio faces east

  • Enjoy the Front porch with a cup-o-joe and enjoy the views of Big Mountain.

    Enjoy the Front porch with a cup-o-joe and enjoy the views of Big Mountain.

  • 1882 Black Hills Dakota Vacation Home

    1882 Black Hills Dakota Vacation Home

  • Minnie's Kitchen is nicely stocked!

    Minnie's Kitchen is nicely stocked!

  • The Dakota Dining Room seats 8-10

    The Dakota Dining Room seats 8-10

  • McHugh Game Parlor, who has high score?

    McHugh Game Parlor, who has high score?

  • Julia's room

    Julia's room

  • Newberg's Nest

    Newberg's Nest

  • McHugh Game Parlor

    McHugh Game Parlor

  • Ahhhhh Sylvan Lake, the crown jewel of the park and only 12 minutes away!

    Ahhhhh Sylvan Lake, the crown jewel of the park and only 12 minutes away!

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This listing was first published here in 2011.

Date last modified - Thursday, May 25, 2017

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