State Game Lodge
Photo courtesy of South Dakota State Historical Society

     The State Game Lodge in Custer State Park was built in 1921. The lodge was the Summer White House in 1927. President Coolidge and about eighty people lived in Custer State Park that summer. During his stay in the Black Hills, Coolidge visited many sites. He went to Mount Rushmore and the Belle Fourche rodeo. After he left, the State Game Lodge returned to its role as a hotel. Many years later, President Dwight D. Eisenhower stayed there for a few days. Today, people can still stay in the same bedrooms in which  the presidents slept.