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The new visitor center in Custer State Park includes columns made from trees damaged by the mountain pine beetle.
The new visitor center in Custer State Park includes columns made from trees damaged by the mountain pine beetle.
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June 2, 2016

New Custer State Park Visitor Center Carries On Norbeck Vision

The new Peter Norbeck Visitor Center dedicated at Custer State Park in May is a continuation of the former governor's personal vision for the park, reports the Pierre Capital Journal

Norbeck worked for 20 years to create the park in the early 20th century, and it has become the crown jewel in South Dakota's parks system. Norbeck personally designed roads to provide visitors with views of Mount Rushmore, wrote Gov. Dennis Daugaard

"Visitors won’t be able to miss the new facility as they come into the park," wrote Daugaard. "With so many things to do and see, first-time visitors — and even seasoned guests — need a guide. ... A new state-of-the-art visitor center that will serve as that guide."

Daugaard led the effort to build the new $6 million facility, with help from the South Dakota Parks and Wildlife Foundation, reports the Custer County Chronicle. Three donors gave $1 million to the new center, including Lloyd and Beverly Paulson, the James and Eloise Elmen Foundation and the Helmsley Charitable Trust

Read more about Custer State Park on the Black Hills Knowledge Network


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