IMPOSSIBLY RARE 1877 DEADWOOD CITY NEWSPAPER
The Black Hills Weekly Pioneer, Deadwood City, Black Hills, Dakota Territory
Saturday, July 7, 1877. Volume 2, Number 3 issue. Probably unique.
Here is a second-year complete issue of the legendary Black Hills Pioneer from the first town established in the rich gold and silver mining region of what is now South Dakota. The front page has a headlined report running a full column on the findings in the surrounding mines: “BEAR GULCH. Rich Placer Diggings. One Thousand Men Sluicing.” Gold was listed at $18.00 per ounce back then, and the price was supported by the citizens of Deadwood and other surrounding towns. This issue is just chock full of gold mining stories, Indian attacks, murders, and mining claims! There’s even an article describing the Black Hills Territory, thoughts on Deadwood continuing to be an important mining town, a new Big Horn Expedition of U.S. soldiers against the Indians in the West, and too much more to list here. The people who put together the hit HBO Series “DEADWOOD,” actually used Deadwood Pioneers from The Mitchell Archives to create authenticity for the town and the times. Now one fortunate buyer can own one of these original Deadwood newspapers.
Four pages, complete. Old normal folds with a touch of wear in the form of several tiny holes, couple of marginal tape reinforcements, and just a few small stains. Nice margins. No one we know has any 1870s Deadwood newspapers for sale at any price.