Tag Archives: South Dakota

Legion Lake Resort, Custer, South Dakota

This image is a colorized photo of the main lodge building of the Legion Lake Resort, showing an adjacent gas station in the background.

Made in U.S.A. by E.C. Krupp Co., Milwaukee, Wis.

Made in U.S.A. by E.C. Krupp Co., Milwaukee, Wis.

The card is severely damaged on the back and any description there has been lost.

The building still exists, but the building has long since been replaced. Now known as Legion Lake Lodge, It is part of the Custer State Park in South Dakota.

This image likely dates from the 1940s.

Log Cabin Courts, Hot Springs, South Dakota

This illustration is of the cabin-style accommodations of the Log Cabin Courts, as they looked early in their existence. It was located in the small town of Hot Springs, South Dakota.

“Tichnor Quality Views”, Tichnor Bros., Inc. Boston, Mass.

There is no description on the back of this card.

The design is typical of the first generation of traveller’s lodgings located along the newly constructed U.S. Highway system. These custom constructions were likely¬†expensive to maintain, and were quickly supplanted by more standardized buildings.

The colored illustration is likely from the 1940s, judging by the vehicle in the upper left image.


Steven’s Motel, Mitchell, South Dakota

This image features another typical motel of the first generation of such construction in the 1930s and 1940s. The Steven’s Motel was expanded considerably after original construction.

E.C. Kropp Co., Milwaukee, Wis.

The description states:

Steven’s Motel

On State Hwy. No 37,

One Block South of Hwy. U.S. 16

Mitchell, S.D.

Twenty new, modern units with radiant baseboard heart. Large parking area away from heavy traffic. A.A.A. Recommended. Phone for reservations. 3104. Room Phones.

–This structure no longer exists, but the site appears to be still occupied by another motel, run by the Motel 6 national chain. The card likely dates to the 1940s.