Custer Peak Lookout
US 6, SD 1
Custer Peak Lookout

Custer Peak Lookout - courtesy of South Dakota Public Television

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 6, SD 1 (view other lookouts in United States, South Dakota)
Date Registered October 13, 1990
Nominated by Paul Mock, District Ranger, USFS, Nemo District, Black Hills National Forest
Location Black Hills National Forest
Lawrence County, South Dakota
Coordinates N 44° 14.638' W 103° 44.091' (view using Google Maps)
N 44° 14' 38" W 103° 44' 05"
N 44.243960° W 103.734846°
Elevation 6,713 ft (2,046 m)
Administered by U.S. Forest Service
Cooperators Nemo Ranger District


The first fire lookout atop Custer Peak on the Nemo Ranger District of the Black Hills National Forest was built of wood in 1911. It had shutters but no glass, and it sat atop a platform without railings. By 1935 it had been replaced with a cupola building. The current structure is two stories high and was built of native stone in 1941. The cab is 14- by 14-ft. with a catwalk. The architect of the lookout was W. Ellis Groben who designed the building specifically to match its surroundings and environment.


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