State Game Lodge, Custer State Park
July 24, 2006
by Jess Stryker
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We were driving through Custer State Park in South Dakota when I noticed the architecture of this lodge and was intrigued by it. We turned around and went back for a closer look. We didn't have a reservation, however the staff was gracious and allowed us to look around and take some pictures. I wish I had known about it before our trip as I would have liked to have stayed here!
The lodge was built between 1919-1922 by Cecil C. (C.C.) Gideon. It served as the summer white house for Calvin Coolidge in 1927 and President Dwight D. Eisenhower also was a guest in 1953. In addition to the main lodge building there are modern motel wings and cabins. Gideon designed and built many local structures in the Black Hills, including the famous pig-tail bridges on Iron Mountain Road. For photos and a video of Iron Mountain Road, see my Mt. Rushmore page: click here.
The lodge has a third floor with guest rooms, however it is not currently open to the public due to non-compliance with emergency exit requirements. The State has proposed retrofits to the lodge will provide sufficient emergency exits to allow the third floor to be reopened in the future.
Note: Our visit to the State Game Lodge was unplanned and way too brief. I wish we had more time to explore it and get more details and photos, similar to what I have done for some of the other lodges on this website. I realize that some of the information or descriptions above may not be totally accurate. Please, if you have additional information or corrections, send me an email with the information. Thank you very much!
For reservations or more information on booking a room at the State Game Lodge, call 888-875-0001, or see the Custer State Park Resort website at http://www.custerresorts.com/.
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