Custer Battlefield Trading Post & Cafe, Crow Agency

4.5
The Custer Battlefield Trading Post is located in the heart of Crow Country, directly across from the Little Bighorn Battlefield. We carry a full range of souvenirs and collectibles. From Custer key chains, to fully beaded Crow style cradles, we have it all. We also have a full service cafe, and plenty of things for the kids to look at. Tour buses welcome!

Established in 1985 by James 'Putt' Thompson and his wife, Jill, this is not your average gift shop. The massive log and frame structure is the first thing to transport you to the past, as the building was designed after the 1877 Old Fort Custer Hospital. Once you're inside, the journey continues. Rustic walls display exquisite traditional Crow Indian creations, including a beaded elk hide wedding blanket, numerous paintings, hand crafted turquoise and silver jewelry, and a large collection of fabulously beaded Crow and Cheyenne cradles.

Next, walk from the gift shop directly into the Thompson's cozy cafe and rub elbows with visitors from around the world. Yes, you may be surprised to find that the American West is as fascinating to many foreigners as it is to Americans. As you place your order, you'll quickly see why patrons come back every year to jaw with the Thompsons and their friendly staff while enjoying a meal of Buffalo Burgers or Indian Tacos. The cafe also holds a colorful mixture of beadwork and art, and the service is as cheerful as the food is tasty.
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  • We stopped there before going to the Memorial to eat there. Very nice place with classic dishes and a very well stocked shop or you will find everything or almost. Impeccable service and adorable waitresses who took the time to chat with us
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  • You should definitely visit both the Trading Post and the Cafe when you're here. The choice in the store is great and the food convinced us. The operation was very friendly and courteous. The Fry Bread was excellent. Unfortunately, we were so fed up afterwards that there was simply no room for a dessert. A good choice, especially if you still have a piece of drive ahead of you afterwards.
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  • This is brother and sister-in-law's place, so some might say that I'm a little biased, but I think their food is really good. The buffalo steak that I had last night was outstanding and really, I think everything on their menu is very good. (They've put a lot of thought into what they serve and how it's presented.) Don't miss the Indian Fry bread!!
  • I’ve driven by a hundred times and never stopped, but I took the time today and was so surprised by what I found. Owners and staff were friendly and helpful and the atmosphere wasn’t overly tacky as so many tourist stops can be. Clean facilities and the cafe looked inviting. The store was deceptively large and has an excellent variety of merchandise, including the usual tourist knickknacks but also many traditional Native items such as beaded jewelry and clothing. Nice stock of books and historical data for those who want to learn more about Custer and Indian culture. I must say, I was pretty impressed and would certainly stop again.

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