FRENCH CREEK - CUSTER STATE PARK, SOUTH DAKOTA
Custer State Park, one of the largest State parks in the United States, contains more features of unusual interest than any similar area in the Black Hills. To name a few of them, there is the State Game Lodge that became the Summer White House in 1927, when occupied by the late President and Mrs. Coolidge; Mt. Rushmore, on whose granite face Gutzon Borglum is carving the likeness of four of the greatest Presidents; beautiful Sylvan Lake and Harney Peak, with its tree-shaded trail connecting the two; Legion Lake with its attractive lodge and surroundings; Mt. Coolidge, with its thrilling approach and wonderful view; and the incomparable Needles, those granite spires and minarets, like so many fingers pointing skyward above the trees.
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(Near Custer and Deadwood, SD.) In 1874 Custer’s expedition discovered gold on French Creek, near where Custer stands. At once various parties set out for the Hills, but many were turned back by the soldiers since this was at that time Indian country. But in the fall of 1875 the Government, after a fruitless parley with the Indians, no longer offered any objections to the entry of white gold seekers and the latter poured into the Hills from every direction in the turbid flood which only a gold rush knows.
—A SOUTH DAKOTA GUIDE (WPA, 1938)
South Dakotan Maria Moutsoglou mapped the long and bending French Creek for #AmericanGuideWeek Field Assignment #8: Waterways. She writes of her expedition:
French Creek trail: dangerous at the best of times, downright treacherous at high water or in rain. The trail is unmarked, and after a couple of miles, there is no visibly trodden footpath. One must either brave the stream and sharp rocks, or bushwhack the banks. I have never seen anyone deep into the French Creek trail, so if you’re looking for adventure and solitude, French Creek is the way to go.
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Maria Moutsoglou is a true-blue South Dakotan. She’s a biophysics graduate student at South Dakota State University and has penchant for exploring America. Follow her on Tumblr at fuckyeahsouthdakota. Find her writing on Tumblr at entangled.tumblr.com.
The Cob House.
Built for just £150.
Love this! I recently became acquainted with some rad folks who build straw bale and cob houses and I am looking forward to conversing more with them about such projects. I could absolutely see myself in a home like this :)