Black Hills Pioneer
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|Owner(s)||Family owned by Seaton Publishing Company, Inc.|
|Founder(s)||A. W. Merrick|
W. A. Laughlin
|Sports editor||Dennis Knuckles|
|Founded||June 8, 1876|
|Headquarters||315 Seaton Circle|
Spearfish, South Dakota 57783
|Circulation||5,000 households (as of Monday - Saturday)|
|Sister newspapers||Nation's Center News|
The Weekly Prospector
The Black Hills Pioneer (first published as the Black Hills Weekly Pioneer) 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.
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.