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Custer County is a great place to be

Frank Carroll
Published: Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

The great thing about life in a small town is that it’s a small town. It was great to read that Rapid City is among the top 10 clean air cities in the nation. Imagine how much cleaner it is up here in Custer City in the granite spires and high pines or down in Hermosa on the edge of the Great Plains.  The water is cold and clean out of the tap. The climate is mild and beautiful even at the height of winter storms. This is the place everyone in Denver and Minneapolis either has a cabin in the woods or wants a cabin in the woods.  There are about 6,000 dwellings in Custer County and over 7,000 addresses.  Most of them are seasonal.  And that’s fine by me.
The kids love it here. In fact, Custer is a kid and grandkid magnet and it’s not just our family. There is something magical about being able to walk to stores from grandma’s house, walk the Mickelson Trail right in the middle of town, watch the fireworks from the deck, drop down the hill for some dessert, go shooting right outside of town or just hike out and away across gently rolling hills that only qualify as mountains if you’re from Iowa. 
My oldest daughter calls Custer her “Hamptons.”  My middle daughter moved here for a few years until circumstances changed and she had to return to central Oregon, reluctantly. It’s a great place to raise yourself…oh, and to raise kids.  Everything a person needs to know about life is found right here. Those of us who spent months or years living elsewhere know the really important things in life are right in our backyards in our tiny neighborhoods in our tiny town in our tiny mountains…well, you get it. 

The great thing about life in a small town is that it’s a small town. It was great to read that Rapid City is among the top 10 clean air cities in the nation. Imagine how much cleaner it is up here in Custer City in the granite spires and high pines or down in Hermosa on the edge of the Great Plains.  The water is cold and clean out of the tap. The climate is mild and beautiful even at the height of winter storms. This is the place everyone in Denver and Minneapolis either has a cabin in the woods or wants a cabin in the woods.  There are about 6,000 dwellings in Custer County and over 7,000 addresses.  Most of them are seasonal.  And that’s fine by me.

The kids love it here. In fact, Custer is a kid and grandkid magnet and it’s not just our family. There is something magical about being able to walk to stores from grandma’s house, walk the Mickelson Trail right in the middle of town, watch the fireworks from the deck, drop down the hill for some dessert, go shooting right outside of town or just hike out and away across gently rolling hills that only qualify as mountains if you’re from Iowa. 

My oldest daughter calls Custer her “Hamptons.”  My middle daughter moved here for a few years until circumstances changed and she had to return to central Oregon, reluctantly. It’s a great place to raise yourself…oh, and to raise kids.  Everything a person needs to know about life is found right here. Those of us who spent months or years living elsewhere know the really important things in life are right in our backyards in our tiny neighborhoods in our tiny town in our tiny mountains…well, you get it.

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