S . D . We invite everyone to come and spend some time in Custer City and experience the magnetic draw of the Southern Black Hills region .
In 1874 , gold was first discovered in the Black Hills just one mile from the current city of Custer City . In 1875 , Custer became the first city in the Black Hills . People rushed to Custer to find their treasure . Little did they know that the place itself is one of the greatest treasures .
The city of Custer has a population of 1,956 and it is in the middle of 1.2 million acres of Black Hills National Forest . The Custer area has something to offer everyone . Most things that might interest you about living in the Black Hills , such as Mt .’ Rushmore National Memorial , Crazy Horse Memorial , Custer State Park , Black Elk Wilderness , Norbeck Wildlife Preserve , Jewel Cave National Monument , Wind Cave National Park and Black Elk Peak ( the highest point between the Rockies and the Pyrenees Mountains ), can be found just minutes from your doorstep . The Black Hills feature unique rock formations known for their beauty , hiking and world-class rock climbing .
Year-round activities are plentiful . Our restaurants and lodging are some of the best known in the entire Black Hills . Make plans to spend some time in the city of Custer ; join us in our backyard and make it your own .