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Julie Beer

Member since: 2011
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Speaks: english

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

20 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

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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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  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Julie Beer (Owner)
Member since: 2011
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Speaks: english

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 Black Hills

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..


based on 20 traveler reviews

Relax! Lots of space! Big Rooms! Awesome location in quaint mountain town! A/C!
average rating of 4.85 based on 20 reviews
Sioux Falls

Black Hills trip

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at this home was purely delightful. It easily accommodated the 4 couples that stayed there. The kitchen was fully supplied. Enjoyed using the grill and sitting out on the private deck. The owners were very easily to work with, prompt replies to any questions we had. The bathrooms were stocked with lots of towels. A nice entryway to dump stuff as you "moved" in. I would definitely come back and would highly recommend this home to others.

  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A charming, nice, big house!

  • 5 of 5

This rental worked out perfect for two families traveling together. My family and my brothers family. We really enjoyed the video games even though they were loud (or maybe I'm too old haha). My brother thought from the pictures that you could see mt Rushmore from the property and that there was a lake on the property, but I didn't assume that. It was literally just a house on the main road, no extra property. The kitchen was wonderful and I appreciated being able to do a loud of laundry after a long road trip. The owners were super nice and super helpful and answered my one question really fast. There was a lot of room and places to sleep, even for our party of 10. The beds were nice too. I liked hanging out on the porch and we enjoyed the grill for a dinner at home. I initially thought three days was too long but I actually wished we had more time. Coming from California, I really loved South Dakota!

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I agree, 3 days is never long enough in The Black Hills! We are glad you had a great time connecting as family in the game never know how family competition is going to go. I think we can adjust the volume on the arcade games or they do have individual on/off buttons. Thanks for staying! Come again!!
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relaxing and enjoyable

  • 5 of 5

I must say this is one of the most amazing vacations we have taken had family coming to visit so we took them to Custer and found this beautiful house. We were lucky that it wasn't rented, it was wonderful, charming, and made the vacation for us and our family in Custer the perfect family time we were close to everything all of the attractions and when we got back to the house tired the beds were wonderful. Thank you so much. I recommend this home to everyone.

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

Our family of five LOVED this home. The home is beautiful and very clean. There is plenty of space to spread out if wanted. The game room with the jukebox was a favorite! The owners are helpful and easy to get a hold of if needed. The city of Custer is a perfect location for attractions we wanted to do. From the house, we could walk to stores, coffee shops, restaurants, bars, ice cream shops, etc..We would love to vacation here again some time.

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Sabetha, KS


  • 5 of 5

There were five of us, two adults and three teenagers. The accommodations were perfect the house has tons of character with all the comforts of home. Centrally located, it was so convenient for all of our activities. After each day we took a leisurely stroll through the downtown - lots of friendly people and a picturesque setting. We couldn't get over how quiet it is in the house even though it it was on the main drag. The game room is a nice touch, and made for some fun friendly competitions. We would love to come back and would definitely recommend this to anyone else headed this way. Some of the things we enjoyed - Mt Rushmore, Badlands, 1880 train & Chuckwagon supper at the Circle B Ranch.

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Custer House

  • 5 of 5

Our large family from NJ enjoyed our 3 night stay. There was plenty of space to spread out. Just a short drive to Custer Pk and Mt Rushmore. We really liked the Cattlemans restaurant right across the street and was convenient to have a market so close. If we are in this area again we would definitely stay again.

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed yourselves! Thank you for taking the time to review and we would love to host you again on your next trip the The Hill's!
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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


Rates & Availability

Custer House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
High Season 2016
May 20 2016 - Aug 6 2016
2 night minimum stay
Rally Week 2016
Aug 7 2016 - Aug 14 2016
6 night minimum stay
High Season
Aug 15 2016 - Sep 30 2016
2 night minimum stay
Shoulder Season
Oct 1 2016 - May 22 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
High Season 2017
May 23 2017 - Sep 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
Rally Week
Aug 6 2017 - Aug 12 2017
7 night minimum stay
Flat fee
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Protect. to $750 $45 + Tax
Cleaning Fee $125 + Tax
Tax Rate 9.0%

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

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Black Hills House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq. ft.
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 ...
  • 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
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • 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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