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Where sleeping in school is encouraged

  • Nemo Schoolhouse
  • Nemo Schoolhouse
  • Nemo Schoolhouse
  • Nemo Schoolhouse
  • Nemo Schoolhouse Great Room
  • Great gathering spot
  • Fireplace in the great room
  • Nemo Valley
  • Nemo Schoolhouse built in 1926 building front
  • Nemo Schoolhouse built in 1926 building rear
  • Historic Nemo Schoolhouse
  • Great room with fabulous fireplace
  • Comfortable chairs in the great room
  • Fireplace in the great room
  • Paradise Valley


There are five luxurious suites with private baths along with six sleeping rooms sharing the renovated "Boy's" and "Girl's" bathrooms original to the school. The gender specific bathrooms have been renovated to not only include toilet stalls, but also shower stalls. For those who find themselves on a working vacation, rates also include wireless high speed internet and use of a landline due to limited cell service.

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Due to the fact that the Nemo Schoolhouse is a Historical Landmark, there will be NO SMOKING and NO PETS allowed in the building.

A deposit of one night's lodging is necessary to reserve your suite or room, with the balance due at departure. Deposits are refundable only if reservations are cancelled sixty days in advance.

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Due to high enrollment, the Nemo School was built in 1926. Students moved into this new building in 1927. It was an exciting event because the new building had modern plumbing and a two furnace heating system. The new school accommodated both grade school and high school students. Grades 1 through 8 were taught in the lower rooms. High school students used the upper level.

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What Our Customers Say!

We have been going to the Nemo Schoolhouse for years and every time we return we never want to leave.

Jay W. - Becker, MN

The view is wonderful and the history of the Schoolhouse is something to experience.

Alice W. - Chicago, IL

After our time at the Nemo Schoolhouse we return home refreshed with new, wonderful memories!

Llyod S. - Phoenix, AZ

Great ammenities and you can't get a better location. Centrally located to experience all the Black Hills has to offer.

Niel K. - San Diego, CA

Historic Nemo Schoolhouse

Nemo, SD in the late 1800

Thank you for your interest in the Historic Nemo Schoolhouse. It is our pleasure to offer you a unique historical lodging experience in the grandeur of "Paradise Valley" and the Black Hills National Forest.

The old schoolhouse desks are replaced by modern, comfortable furniture in the beautifully restored Nemo Schoolhouse. Where students once studied, you can now relax in comfort in the heart of Paradise Valley gazing out upon Nemo Mountain.

The Nemo Schoolhouse was built in 1926 and functioned as a grade school and high school until 1994. It has since been restored and elegantly furnished to retain the atmosphere of the original schoolhouse. It still maintains characteristics and charm such as the original slate blackboard and an original table with "lovingly" carved initials.

The Nemo Schoolhouse was listed on the South Dakota and National Register of Historic Buildings July 17, 1996. It is located in the town of Nemo, which is 16 miles from Rapid City, 17 miles from Sturgis, and 18 miles from Deadwood on Nemo Road in South Dakota.

Nemo, South Dakota

Nemo, SD in the late 1800
1889 - Present

Early settlers came to the Nemo area in the late 1800's. Many of them located mining claims or took their chances on squatter's rights to get some land to call their own. Later, they would use the Homestead Act to legalize their claim to ownership.

In 1899, a Location Certificate for the Nemo Placer (143.14 acres) was filed by T. J. Grier, W. E. Smead, George Foglesong, E. L. Billings, R. O. Robinson, James Hoyt, John Peterson and T. D. Murrin. A year later it was deeded to the H & H Company and in 1903, the H & H Company sold the Nemo Placer to Homestake Mining Company for $200,000.

By this time, there were at least 200 residents living in the area.

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For reservations call:

Bonnie Osland 651-260-8616
Al Einberger 612-868-3657
Dean Osland 651-260-8617
100 year anniversary of Nemo, SD 1989