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category: Sights, date: 2015-08-26, by Otto Bochman
CSP Visitor Center
August 26, 2015 - The New Visitor Center

A new visitor center is being built in Custer State Park. It is expect to be completed in the summer of 2016. The new building will be located near the State Game Lodge and the current visitor center at the park's east entrance. It will be at the intersection of Highway 16 and the Wildlife Loop Road, where most traffic coming from Rapid City enters the park.

The current visitor center, The Norbeck Center, which has a place on the National Register of Historic Places, was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s, the visitor center honored the architecture of the time. It also paid tribute to former Gov. and three-term U.S. Sen. Peter Norbeck, a parks advocate who was instrumental in the formation and development of Custer State Park and others.

Peter Norbeck Visitor CenterCivilian Conservation Corps built the Norbeck Center

The work of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) still remains a vital part of Custer State Park. Buildings, dams and lakes, roads and look-outs like Mount Coolidge are a reminder of what the CCC Boys meant to the state and the success of The State Park.

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