Category Archives: Postcards From Another Millennium

Postcards from various decades of the 20th century.

Legion Lake Resort, Custer, South Dakota

This image shows an example cabin and interiors of the facility known as Legion Lake Resort, Custer, South Dakota, within the boundaries of Custer State Park.

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The description states:

LEGION LAKE RESORT

Boating – Fishing – Swimming – Western Riding. A delightful place to rest. A  cool, invigorating, enjoyable place to spend a week or two, while you see the Hills. A state-owned resort, serving only the beset, including Buffalo and Elk steaks.

–Now known as Legion Lake Lodge, the resort is still there in much the same configuration as shown in the sample images above, but with extensive modernization and further construction of facilities.

This postcard likely dates from the 1950s.

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With this card I come to the end of my personal collection of postcards and similar souvenirs, dating from the beginning of the 20th century to the 1970s. In all, there have been over 1500 postcards displayed and described over the course of just more than 4 years.

I will take a brief hiatus from posting, no more than a couple of weeks, and choose the next topic of my pictorial historic journeys.

I hope these have proven to be occasionally interesting, edifying and informative.

Sundown Motor Court, Spearfish, South Dakota

This illustration shows an idealized view of the motel known as the Sundown Motor Court in Spearfish, South Dakota.

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The description states:

SUNDOWN MOTOR COURTS

All new modern cabins – Some with cooking facilities – 26 units in all. Open year round. On highway 14 & 85 in Spearfish, South Dakota. Phone 28

–As one might imagine, a two digit phone number is indicative of a very small town with limited phone service at the time of this postcard. The city of Spearfish is located near the head of Spearfish Canyon, at the northern edge of the Black Hills National Forest.

This card was used and is dated 23 June 1954.

Badlands National Monument, South Dakota

This image shows the treeless and often barren ground as well as the naked rock formations of hills and mountains that make up large portions of Badlands National Monument in South Dakota.

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The description states:

SCENE IN BAD LANDS NATIONAL MONUMENT, S. DAK.

These colorful desert mountains have been backgrounds to recent Hollywood Technicolor movie productions. Scene between Wall and Cedar Pass, S. Dak.

–The monument was upgraded to National Park status in 1978. These stark locations have been the site of not only the more predictable Western films, but also of science fiction films seeking an alien looking landscape.

This card was used and is dated 25 August 1954