The train turned and twisted from Rapid City to Mystic, and the tracks passed directly in front of the lodge, a popular stop along the way.
The lodge was held by this group until 1929, when Carl and Jessie Sanders leased and later purchased the property, renamed it the Triangle I, and operated it 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.
In 1969, local entrepreneur and Black Hills promoter Hoadley Dean purchased the lodge from Carl and Jessie as a private resort. Over the years this SD 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 and 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 unique community.
The tradition of hospitality and friendship lives on under our tenure - five years now! The lodge is a work in progress, with many renovations in the past few years and many more on the dream sheet. But most important, the oldest lodge in the Black Hills still stands after 102 years, and Hisega Lodge still welcomes guests from all over the world.
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