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Historical Markers in Custer, South Dakota

Clickable Map of Custer County, South Dakota and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Custer County, SD (38) Fall River County, SD (21) Oglala Lakota County, SD (3) Pennington County, SD (78) Niobrara County, WY (20) Weston County, WY (17)  CusterCounty(38) Custer County (38)  FallRiverCounty(21) Fall River County (21)  OglalaLakotaCounty(3) Oglala Lakota County (3)  PenningtonCounty(78) Pennington County (78)  NiobraraCountyWyoming(20) Niobrara County (20)  WestonCounty(17) Weston County (17)
Custer is the county seat for Custer County
Custer is in Custer County
      Custer County (38)  
      Fall River County (21)  
      Oglala Lakota County (3)  
      Pennington County (78)  
      Niobrara County, Wyoming (20)  
      Weston County, Wyoming (17)  
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1South Dakota (Custer County), Custer — “The Badger Hole”
Home of Charles Badger Clark (1883-1957) Poet- Laureate Author, Lecturer and one of South Dakota's best known and beloved citizens. For approximately thirty years Badger lived alone and wrote in the cabin built with his own . . . Map (db m203436) HM
2South Dakota (Custer County), Custer — A Legacy of DebateDid the Gold Rush Forever Tarnish the Black Hills?
Between 1874-1876, thousands of citizens illegally entered the Black Hills in search of gold. Every gold panner, newspaper article, and frontier story told of great wealth and encouraged the onslaught of the region. The military made vain efforts . . . Map (db m121400) HM
3South Dakota (Custer County), Custer — An Agreement Between CulturesThe Fort Laramie Treaty Created the Great Sioux Reservation
Cultural conflicts erupted across the western Great Plains during the 1860s. Expanding railroads and frontier posts located in traditional hunting grounds impacted the various tribes in the northern plains. Restrictions on westward settlement . . . Map (db m121397) HM
4South Dakota (Custer County), Custer — An Expedition of Mixed OutcomesThe Custer Expedition of 1874 Ignited Interest in the Black Hills
An economic crash in 1873 affected the entire nation. The government, pressured to boost the economy, needed to explore new land. Open land for settlement and rich resources would create markets and new jobs. George A. Custer and his . . . Map (db m121398) HM
5South Dakota (Custer County), Custer — 588 — Anna Donna Tallent
In Memory of Anna Donna Tallent Teacher and Author. Born in New York State April 12, 1827. Died in Sturgis, S. Dakota February 13, 1901. The first white woman to enter the Black Hills. Arriving in Custer City in December . . . Map (db m185226) HM
6South Dakota (Custer County), Custer — 448 — Campsite of General Custer's ExpeditionAugust 1 - 6, 1874
This picturesque valley was the site of the permanent camp of the Black Hills Expedition of 1874 under the command of General George A. Custer of the 7th Cavalry. Their 5 day stay was the longest stop made during the entire expedition and General . . . Map (db m180983) HM
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7South Dakota (Custer County), Custer — Cecil C. Gideon
The State Game Lodge was built by Cecil C. Gideon Contractor-Builder in 1919-1922 A.R. Van Dyck - Architect Monroe Nystrom - Stonemason All three were from the Minneapolis area. Gideon and his wife Elma Mary were the genial hosts . . . Map (db m202736) HM
8South Dakota (Custer County), Custer — Civilian Conservation Corps Camp
Camp SP-4 (DSP-2): Lodge: located in the buildings seen here. Companies: 2755–7/16/34 - 10/21/35 795–10/29/35 - 1/13/36 1793–4/27/36 - 7/30/42 The Civilian Conservation Corps was a federal relief program during 1933 - 1942 gave jobless . . . Map (db m203658) HM
9South Dakota (Custer County), Custer — 516 — Civilian Conservation Corps CampCamp SP-3 / Camp Narrows — French Creek —
Camp SP-3 (DSP-1 in 1934): NE 2 miles, end of CSP road on French Creek. Company: 2757 - 7/28/34-10/1/41. The Civilian Conservation Corps was a federal work-relief program during the Great Depression. From 1933 to 1942, the CCC provided work for . . . Map (db m124589) HM
10South Dakota (Custer County), Custer — 531 — Civilian Conservation Corps Camp
Camp F-14 Lightning Creek: located 0.7 mile NW on road 288. Companies: 1783V--10/17/33-Spring 34 791--4/30/34-Fall 41 The Civilian Conservation Corps was a federal relief program during 1933-1942 that gave jobless men work renovating abused . . . Map (db m185227) HM
11South Dakota (Custer County), Custer — Comanche Park
Comanche, an Indian mustang ridden by Captain Keogh, Seventh U.S. Cavalry, was named for the Comanche Indians, from whom he was captured. The buckskin horse proved dependable under fire and was ridden by Keogh during the ill-fated Battle of . . . Map (db m125088) HM
12South Dakota (Custer County), Custer — Crazy Horse Memorial
The Crazy Horse mountain carving will be the world’s largest sculpture, measuring 563 feet high by 641 feet long, carved in the round. The nine-story-high face of Crazy Horse was completed on June 3, 1998. Work began on the 22-story-high horse’s . . . Map (db m155650) HM
13South Dakota (Custer County), Custer — Custer County CourthouseDakota Territory, 1881
This property is listed in the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior Map (db m120000) HM
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14South Dakota (Custer County), Custer — Everyone has a Beginning
Charles Badger Clark was born on January 1, 1883, in Albia, Iowa. His father was a Methodist minister, and his mother was of Quaker faith. This family heritage created close ties, and their home was a hub of activities. Badger stated, "There was . . . Map (db m203440) HM
15South Dakota (Custer County), Custer — Everything changes, or does it?
In 1874, George Armstrong Custer led a force of more than 1,000 men on an expedition to the Black Hills to explore and map this little-known area. The photographer with Custer, William H. Illingworth, was the first to take glass-plate photographs in . . . Map (db m155656) HM
16South Dakota (Custer County), Custer — Fire Tower Lookouts
Found throughout the mountain west and perched high atop mountains, these manned towers provide an excellent vantage point for spotting smoke columns and fires. In Custer State Park fire detection is a vital tool. The park's fire tower, Mount . . . Map (db m204234) HM
17South Dakota (Custer County), Custer — First National Bank of Dakota TerritoryEst. 1881
National Historic Site First National Bank of Dakota Territory Est. 1881Map (db m162702) HM
18South Dakota (Custer County), Custer — Frontier Protection
. . . Map (db m119995) HM
19South Dakota (Custer County), Custer — Glen Erin SchoolHistoric Site
Site of the first public school building in the Black Hills. Built by Ed Walsh, James Doran, and George Gundlach. Logs were hand hewn from nearby trees and hauled to the site by oxen. First school was held in summer of 1882. Teacher was Mr. . . . Map (db m168895) HM
20South Dakota (Custer County), Custer — 604 — Horace N. Ross
Dedicated to the memory of Horace N. Ross Discoverer of Gold in the Black Hills at Custer, So. Dak. July 27th, 1874Map (db m185228) HM
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21South Dakota (Custer County), Custer — Jasper Fire
Breaking the Records On August 24, 2000, a carelessly dropped match started what would become the largest fire in the recorded history of South Dakota. By the time the inferno finished its race through the forest, it had consumed 83,508 . . . Map (db m37093) HM
22South Dakota (Custer County), Custer — Jasper vs. JewelSeeking Answers to Questions About Caves and Wildfires
The Jasper Fire started on August 24, 2000. It burned over 83,000 acres. This includes the entire surface above known parts of Jewel Cave. Will such a large, intense wildfire affect this unique national treasure? Now is our chance to find out. . . . Map (db m37095) HM
23South Dakota (Custer County), Custer — Life in a Prairie Dog TownWind Cave National Park
Whether they know it or not, black-tailed prairie dogs are wildlife managers. These ground squirrels are intricately connected to numerous plant and animal species and play a key role in the health and stability of the prairie. The eating . . . Map (db m71076) HM
24South Dakota (Custer County), Custer — Miners Meet 1875
Historic Site Miners Meet The miners of the Black Hills held their first meeting to pass mining regulations at this location in 1875 Map (db m119986) HM
25South Dakota (Custer County), Custer — Peter Norbeck
Peter Norbeck 9th Governor of South Dakota ~ 1917 to 1921 A Gift to the People of South Dakota by Scott and Julia Jones In Memory of the Norbeck Children: Nellie, Ruth, Harold and Selma (Sally) James Michael . . . Map (db m137126) HM
26South Dakota (Custer County), Custer — Prescribed FireAn Important Tool to Tame Wildfire
Did you notice that this forest burned? Some areas show no signs of fire. Blackened tree skeletons tell of crown fire in other areas. This is a typical burn mosaic of a western wildfire. How did the visitor center and nearby trees survive? Fire . . . Map (db m37096) HM
27South Dakota (Custer County), Custer — Prospectors in Search of GoldThe Gordon Party Prompted an Illegal Invasion of the Black Hills
Spurred by rumors of gold, many prospector groups attempted to enter the Black Hills in the 1870s. Without regard to the Fort Laramie Treaty, they planned to enter the region and exploit the untapped wealth. A group of 28 people headed west from . . . Map (db m121399) HM
28South Dakota (Custer County), Custer — South Dakota Game Fish & Parks
South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks This Property Has  Been Placed On The National Register of Historic Places By The United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m137127) HM
29South Dakota (Custer County), Custer — State Game Lodge
South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks This Property Has Been Placed on the National Register of Historic Places By the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m202734) HM
30South Dakota (Custer County), Custer — Stockade Lake Bridge
Originally Constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Completed in April 1937 South Dakota National Guard Completed in August 1988 The Bridge is 76 feet, 4 inches long and 26 feet wide. Three spans, each constructed of 10 . . . Map (db m121402) HM
31South Dakota (Custer County), Custer — 444 — The Hearst HighwayDedicated to the memory of
George Hearst (1820-1891) United States Senator, mining engineer, sportsman, speculator. Starting with nothing, he developed three of the fabled mines in the American West -- The Ophir, the Anaconda, and the Homestake -- and founded one of the . . . Map (db m180982) HM
32South Dakota (Custer County), Custer — The Needles EyeOne Rock Formation Offers Millions of Stories
Geology provides the foundation of scenery in the Black Hills. From rocky outcroppings to towering spires, the northern portion of Custer State Park highlights the essence of the central core. The central core is a region of rocks mainly . . . Map (db m34626) HM
33South Dakota (Pennington County), Custer — Harney Peak Lookout
The Harney Peak fire lookout, dam and pumphouse were built by the CCC in 1939 and are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Harney Peak Elevation is 2207 meters (7242 ft). The peak is the highest point east of the . . . Map (db m125087) HM
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Nov. 27, 2022