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Black Hills Pioneer

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Black Hills Pioneer
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)Family owned by Seaton Publishing Company, Inc.
Founder(s)A. W. Merrick
W. A. Laughlin
PublisherLetitia Lister
EditorMark Watson
Sports editorDennis Knuckles
FoundedJune 8, 1876 (1876-06-08)
Headquarters315 Seaton Circle
Spearfish, South Dakota 57783
Sister newspapersNation's Center News
The Weekly Prospector
OCLC number21928320

The Black Hills Pioneer (first published as the Black Hills Weekly Pioneer[1]) is a daily newspaper published in Spearfish, South Dakota. Founded by A. W. Merrick and W. A. Laughlin, it was the first newspaper in Deadwood, located in what was then Dakota Territory.

The Black Hills Pioneer is the flagship publication of Seaton Publishing Company, Inc. South Dakota. It is part of a family owned newspaper and digital media company providing local journalism to western South Dakota. It is the official newspaper for Lawrence County, Meade County, and Butte County, including the towns of Spearfish, Lead, Deadwood, Whitewood, Sturgis, Vale, Newell, Nisland, and Belle Fourche, reaching nearly 5,000 subscribers Monday–Saturday.[citation needed]

In addition, Seaton publishes The Nation's Center News, the official weekly newspaper for Harding County, including the communities of Buffalo and Camp Crook, with over 1,200 subscribers.

This group also publishes The Weekly Prospector, a free weekly ad shopper publication. Over 23,000 copies of The Prospector are carrier delivered, direct-mailed, and in newsstands in Lawrence, Meade, Butte, and Harding counties in South Dakota, northeast Wyoming and southeast Montana.

Merrick and the Black Hills Weekly Pioneer are portrayed in the HBO television series Deadwood.


  1. ^ "Impossibly Rare 1877 Deadwood City Newspaper". The Mitchell Archives. Retrieved April 20, 2014.