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Relax! Lots of space! Big Rooms! Awesome location in quaint mountain town! A/C!

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,200 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights


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.

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Julie Beer
Member since: 2011
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
March 21, 2018

About Julie Beer

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.

Julie Beer purchased this house in 2012

Why Julie Beer 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..


Custer House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • 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 ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Full 1 - toilet , shower
    Full 2 - toilet , shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Newberg's Nest - 1 king
    Rosa's Room - 1 queen
    Sundstrom's Hideaway - 1 queen
    Julia's Room - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , Walk through bedroom.
  • Books
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Games
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • 8 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
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
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
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
Close to EVERYTHING! Game Parlor with Pinball, Arcade & Jukebox, Rhubarb Garden, FREE stable WiFi.


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Marshfield MA

Perfect location , clean and comfortable house!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed 8/31 to 9/6/17, would highly recommend staying at this home! The location cannot be beat 10 minutes to crazy horse 20 minutes to Mount Rushmore and Keystone, Custer State Park you were just about living in it. You can easily walk to downtown restaurants and coffee shops and souvenir shops from the house. The house is very clean the kitchen is fully stocked with everything you can imagine to cook with or drink with, The beds are comfortable as are the linens and towels. A wonderful vacation , we are 4 women in our 50s, we each had our own bedroom and got good nights sleep after seeing the beautiful countryside all day. Do not hesitate to rent this house.

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Couldn't believe the cleanliness of the place! It was awesome!

  • 5 of 5

This is the best place we have ever stayed. Everything was there for us. We were very happy with Julie for keeping in touch with us. It was a trip for the memory books!

Mike Grohovsky

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great central location for Black Hills activities

  • 5 of 5

Our family enjoyed our stay in the 1882 Dakota Territory House. The house is perfectly positioned for walking to all local restaurants. Beds were comfortable and loved the big family room and couch. We thoroughly enjoyed the game room and jukebox!! The only negative would be that the showers are tiny and I could not shave my legs with water running....

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
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Historical and comfortable!

  • 5 of 5

What a great property! It is conveniently located to shops and restaurants in town, as well as the numerous points of interest in the area.

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place to stay

  • 5 of 5

Seven friends from the class of 1972 met for a mini reunion. The house was great with plenty of room. Did some cooking and was able to walk to downtown Custer for breakfast. We had a great time together.

  • Submitted: Sep 22, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Custer Fall Vacation

  • 5 of 5

This was the forth time we have stayed in this home. We have had 6-9;adu l ts and have always been comfortable. There are lots of great places to eat in Custer and Hill City. Jesse, across the street is a great kid with lots of good advice for movies to rent. Always one of my favorite weekends of the year.

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
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Nearest Airport
52 Miles
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




Additional information about rental rates

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

Some Holidays and Events may have rate and stay requirements, please inquire.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.