A Black Hills historic treasure for over a hundred years
Hisega Lodge Traditions Continue
Doane Robinson, the state historian who had the idea for Mount Rushmore, led a group of young people from Pierre, South Dakota to the Black Hills. Hisega was named for the first initials of six of the girls on that trip – Helen, Ida, Sade, Ethel, Grace and Ada – that group loved this spot so much that a year later, Pierre Lodge was built.
Turning and twisting from Rapid City to Mystic the Crouch Line railroad passed directly in front of the lodge, a popular stop along the way.
Held by the Pierre group until 1929, Carl and Jessie Sanders leased and later purchased the property. The then, Triangle I, operated as a popular tourist destination.
Lodging, meals, marshmallow roasts, horseback riding and dancing were all part of the fun for the groups who stayed a week and toured the Black Hills. Hisega’s history truly rests in the birth of Black Hills tourism.
In 1969, local entrepreneur and Black Hills promoter Hoadley Dean purchased the lodge from the Sanders as a private resort. This South Dakota Hall-of-Famer and his family hosted scores of guests at what was then called the H-Bar-D Lodge.
Later, Hoadley’s son Kip ran the lodge as a bed & breakfast. Cheryl Rudel followed as proprietor, bringing more improvements, great color and many private parties to the lodge. Cheryl changed the name to Hisega Lodge, a fitting tribute to this historic community. Carol and Kenn Duncan purchased the lodge in 2008 and made many needed improvements for the next 8 years.
The tradition of hospitality remains as Tara and Mike Flanery take their turn along with their amazing staff. The oldest lodge in the Black Hills still still welcomes guests from around the world after 109 years.