Custer, SD



Custer is probably the oldest town in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Gold was found here during the 1874 Black Hills Expedition led by Lt. Colonel George Armstrong Custer, which started the Black Hills Gold Rush. The town started out in 1875 as a settlement of trespassing gold miners, and was named Stonewall (after the confederate general). It was later established as the town of Custer. I visited Custer in Aug of 2018.


Buildings and Businesses along Mt Rushmore Road (US Hwy 16A)



Old Heidepriem Company building


Strolling down Mt Rushmore Rd


Businesses along Mt Rushmore Rd


Custer County Chronicle, High Mountain Outfitters, Calamity Jane Winery, Gold Pan Saloon


View down Mt Rushmore Rd


Corner of 5th and Mt Rushmore Rd

Flora's Black Hills Gold
kind of a trading post?

1912 International Order of Odd Fellows building
Now Carson Drug

Good Karma Fossils and Coffee, Buglin Bull,
Restaurant Sports Bar, and Carson Drug


Could be Trojan horses


The Backwoods Gallery


Sitting Bull


The 1881 Bank Coffee House

The Bank Coffee House is located in the old First National Bank of Dakota Territory building, built in 1881. I stopped in and had some coffee and a scone. The interior was really neat with stamped ceiling, tellers windows, and a lot of memorabilia. Sad to say, the coffee shop is going away. The bank building is up for auction in Oct 2018.


The Bank Coffee House
in the Old First National Bank building


Old First National Bank Building 1881


Counter set up like tellers windows


Vault used for food prep


Deposit here


Vintage photos


Painted Buffalo

The painted buffalo on street corners around Custer are part of a public art project called "Buffalo Stampede". At the end of the year the buffalo are auctioned off to raise money for various projects. I took photos of 4 of the buffalo, but there were several more scattered around town.



Painted Buffalo


Painted Buffalo


Painted Buffalo


Painted Buffalo


Painted Buffalo


Painted Buffalo


Gold Pan Saloon

Three of us were taking in the sights of Custer when we happened on a bartender just opening up the Gold Pan Saloon. She introduced herself as George, and even though the saloon didn't open for a few minutes, she invited us in for a quick tour. You can see what an interesting place it was from the photos below. My thanks to George, the bartender.



Gold Pan Saloon


Wooden eagle


Welcome to the Gold Pan Saloon


Saloon Interior


Saloon Interior


George, the bartender


Nice piano!


I like it!


Couple of slots


Definitely a saloon


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