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Guests at the Black Forest Inn, situated in the heart of the Black Hills, often ask about its history. Originally, it was a restaurant with a reputation for good food and fun under the direction of owner Bernice Musekamp.  Bernice came to South Dakota in 1914, carrying a pet pigeon, little more than the clothes on her back, and a determination to live life to the hilt. She once said, "My father bought a ranch in eastern South Dakota, and I got my first job cooking there. I didn't even know about boiling water, so I cooked twenty four hours in advance. What I spoiled, I threw to the chickens. Chickens are crazy for burned beans."

Bernice bought a small property in the valley that is now Pactola Lake. She entered the restaurant business by picking wild raspberries to put on her angel food cake, which was smothered with thick, rich cream from her Jersey cow. She called her place Moosecamp Park, a variation on the spelling of her last name. When the valley was acquired to become the Pactola Dam reservoir, Bernice moved to Musekamp Lodge, now known as the Black Forest Inn. Built in 1953, the Lodge lay nestled among the pines. The first meal served there, prepared by Bernice on her wood burning cook stove, was Easter Sunday, 1954. The lodge was an instant success; specialties included fried chicken, corn on the cob, mashed potatoes, biscuits, salads, and cake or pie. Ordinary folks and dignitaries alike came in droves. In the 1980s the Black Forest Inn was converted to a bed and breakfast. Each successive owner has tried to continue the hospitality first exhibited by Bernice Musekamp and have added their own special touches.

There are seven graciously appointed guest rooms with private baths, antiques, handmade quilts, and a resident stuffed bear to welcome each guest. In addition to comfortable accommodations, delicious breakfasts made from scratch each morning are a specialty. Guests are invited to stay, relax, and enjoy the peace and serenity of the centrally located Black Hills setting.

Fast forward to today – Musekamp's Grill & Pub, circa 2015. Since there has always been a restaurant element associated with the Black Forest Inn... and in special honor of Bernice… the Musekamp's Grill & Pub sits at the forefront of the lodge she owned. With a mix of old and new, the simple yet good food offered is meant to remind guests of memories from the past and harken great new traditions for the future. Come dine at Musekamp's each summer from mid-May through mid-September and help keep the memory of Bernice alive in the Black Hills.

Located at the Black Forest Inn,
Just two miles south of Pactola Lake
23191 Highway 385
Rapid City, South Dakota 57702

ph. 605-574-2000

Black Forest Inn

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