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 and then again in Sept of 2019.
Buildings and Businesses along Mt Rushmore Road (US Hwy 16A)
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 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 in 2018, and got lots more in 2019.
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.
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