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Charles Badger Clark


PIERRE, S.D. –   A love for the Black Hills and the ability to speak and write in creative and innovative ways are the reasons Charles Badger Clark is one of South Dakota’s Great Faces.
Clark’s family moved to South Dakota when he was an infant in 1883. After living in several South Dakota communities, he finally built a cabin in Custer State Park in the 1930s, which he named Badger Hole. Clark lived there for more than 30 years. His passion was writing cowboy poetry about living in South Dakota, particularly the Black Hills, and he was South Dakota’s first poet laureate. Some of his best known works are “A Cowboy’s Prayer” and “The Job.” 
Not only is Clark known for his poetry, but he is also for his speaking ability. To make ends meet, Clark often gave lectures and sprinkled humor into his serious messages. He often spoke to youth at graduation ceremonies and always tried to teach them the values and self-reliant nature of the West.
Clark’s cabin is a South Dakota Historic Landmark and can be found in Custer State Park along the Badger Clark Trail. Badger Hole maintains its historic character and contains many of Clark’s belongings. 
To learn more about Custer State Park and Clark’s log cabin, visit
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