Coolidge Connection

Dakota Life - 02/06/2003

The State game Lodge at Custer State Park was once known as the “Summer White House” during the Calvin Coolidge administration. This segment explores the history of Coolidge in South Dakota and his contributions to the state. For the story we talked with a gentleman who works in Custer State Park who, as a child, went to church with Coolidge in Hermosa. We also visit the rooms that Coolidge stayed in and some of the places he frequented. The segment will also feature an interview with historian Rex Allan Smith about Coolidges influence in building Mount Rushmore. More information -


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