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Our Genealogy Helper for Spearfish ...

We have a couple of goals for our Gazetteer:

  • That it be a tool that can help us with planning our trips.
  • That it also helps us to understand the community in which our ancestors lived, the community that was part of their daily lives.

By learning about Spearfish (and the surrounding area) during the time that our ancestors lived, we hope to have a better understanding of both their community and its relationship to their lifes. We hope that this tool helps to give us an insight into their world.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for Spearfish. While we don't have information that is specific to any given person or family, we intend to expand our understanding about where and how people lived.

Neighboring Counties ...

When searching for family records, we have frequently made the mistake of not checking the neighboring counties.

For example, we have great-grandparents who lived in the northeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals and doctors were in the next county to the east. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the county to the north.

So when searching for records, we had our best success by looking in neighboring counties instead of the county in which they lived:  their home county contained property and probate records; the county to the east contained birth and death records; the county to the north contained their burial records. If we hadn't included the neighboring counties, we would have missed many valuable sources of information.

If you're in a similar situation, we hope that the following information helps.

Spearfish is located in Lawrence County.

To see how the shape of South Dakota's counties have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Lawrence County: Butte, Meade, Pennington, Crook (WY) & Weston (WY).

Below are the counties that are near Spearfish. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Spearfish:

  • Lawrence County     (The home county of Spearfish)
    • North Spearfish [Lawrence County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for North Spearfish
      • North Spearfish [Lawrence County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the northwest of Spearfish
      • Population from the 2010 Census: 2,221 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for North Spearfish have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on North Spearfish
    • Carbonate [Lawrence County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Carbonate
      • Carbonate [Lawrence County] was located 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the south of Spearfish
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Carbonate have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Maurice [Lawrence County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Maurice
      • Maurice [Lawrence County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the south of Spearfish
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Maurice
    • Saint Onge [Lawrence County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Saint Onge
      • Saint Onge [Lawrence County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the northeast of Spearfish
      • Estimated population in 2014: 342 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Saint Onge
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Saint Onge<3>
    • Lancaster City [Lawrence County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lancaster City
      • Lancaster City [Lawrence County] was located 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the southeast of Spearfish
      • Estimated population in 2014: 419 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lancaster City have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Preston [Lawrence County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Preston
      • Preston [Lawrence County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the south of Spearfish
      • Estimated population in 2014: 185 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Preston
    • Ragged Top [Lawrence County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ragged Top
      • Ragged Top [Lawrence County] was located 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the south of Spearfish
      • Estimated population in 2014: 73 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Ragged Top have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Central City [Lawrence County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Central City
      • Central City [Lawrence County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the southeast of Spearfish
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 155 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Central City
    • Deadwood [Lawrence County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Deadwood
      • Deadwood [Lawrence County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the southeast of Spearfish
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,294 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Deadwood
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Deadwood<3>
    • Crook City [Lawrence County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Crook City
      • Crook City [Lawrence County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the east of Spearfish
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Crook City
    • Lead [Lawrence County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lead
      • Lead [Lawrence County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the southeast of Spearfish
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,947 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lead have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lead
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Lead<3>
    • Savoy [Lawrence County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Savoy
      • Savoy [Lawrence County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the southwest of Spearfish
      • Estimated population in 2014: 71 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Savoy
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Savoy<3>
  • Butte County
    • Belle Fourche [Butte County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Belle Fourche
      • Belle Fourche [Butte County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the north of Spearfish
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 5,742 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Belle Fourche have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Belle Fourche
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Belle Fourche<3>
    • Fruitdale [Butte County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fruitdale
      • Fruitdale [Butte County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the northeast of Spearfish
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 68 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Fruitdale have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Fruitdale
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Fruitdale<3>
    • Nisland [Butte County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Nisland
      • Nisland [Butte County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the northeast of Spearfish
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 227 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Nisland have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Nisland
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Nisland<3>
    • Vale [Butte County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Vale
      • Vale [Butte County] lies 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the northeast of Spearfish
      • Estimated population in 2014: 121 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Vale
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Vale<3>
    • Newell [Butte County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Newell
      • Newell [Butte County] lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the northeast of Spearfish
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 603 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Newell have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Newell
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Newell<3>
  • Meade County
    • Sturgis [Meade County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sturgis
      • Sturgis [Meade County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the east of Spearfish
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 6,978 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sturgis
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Sturgis<3>
    • Piedmont [Meade County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Piedmont
      • Piedmont [Meade County] lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the southeast of Spearfish
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 895 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Piedmont
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Piedmont<3>
    • Summerset [Meade County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Summerset
      • Summerset [Meade County] lies 32 miles [51.5 km]<1> to the southeast of Spearfish
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,691 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Summerset
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Summerset<3>
    • Blackhawk [Meade County]
  • Pennington County
    • Rochford [Pennington County]
    • Myersville [Pennington County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Myersville
      • Myersville [Pennington County] lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the south of Spearfish
      • Estimated population in 2014: 10 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Myersville have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Myersville
    • Fairview [Pennington County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fairview
      • Fairview [Pennington County] was located 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the south of Spearfish
      • Estimated population in 2014: 65 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Fairview have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Mystic [Pennington County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mystic
      • Mystic [Pennington County] lies 30 miles [48.3 km]<1> to the south of Spearfish
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mystic
    • Canyon City [Pennington County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Canyon City
      • Canyon City [Pennington County] was located 30 miles [48.3 km]<1> to the southeast of Spearfish
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Canyon City have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Silver City [Pennington County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Silver City
      • Silver City [Pennington County] lies 31 miles [49.9 km]<1> to the southeast of Spearfish
      • Estimated population in 2014: 60 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Silver City have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Silver City
    • Johnson Siding [Pennington County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Johnson Siding
      • Johnson Siding [Pennington County] lies 34 miles [54.7 km]<1> to the southeast of Spearfish
      • Population from the 2010 Census: 659 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Johnson Siding
    • South Canyon Country Estates [Pennington County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for South Canyon Country Estates
      • South Canyon Country Estates [Pennington County] lies 35 miles [56.3 km]<1> to the southeast of Spearfish
      • Population from the 2010 Census: 364 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for South Canyon Country Estates have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on South Canyon Country Estates
    • Ridgeland Heights [Pennington County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ridgeland Heights
      • Ridgeland Heights [Pennington County] lies 36 miles [57.9 km]<1> to the southeast of Spearfish
      • Estimated population in 2014: 11 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Ridgeland Heights have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ridgeland Heights
    • Sheridan [Pennington County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sheridan
      • Sheridan [Pennington County] was located 39 miles [62.8 km]<1> to the southeast of Spearfish
      • Estimated population in 2014: 447 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Sheridan have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Hill City [Pennington County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hill City
      • Hill City [Pennington County] lies 40 miles [64.4 km]<1> to the south of Spearfish
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,074 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hill City have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hill City
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Hill City<3>
    • Sioux Village [Pennington County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sioux Village
      • Sioux Village [Pennington County] lies 40 miles [64.4 km]<1> to the southeast of Spearfish
      • Estimated population in 2014: 262 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Sioux Village have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sioux Village
  • Crook County (WY)
    • Beulah [Crook County]
    • Aladdin [Crook County]
    • Moskee [Crook County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Moskee
      • Moskee [Crook County] was located 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the southwest of Spearfish
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Moskee have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Sundance [Crook County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sundance
      • Sundance [Crook County] lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the west of Spearfish
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,296 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sundance
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Sundance<3>
    • Alva [Crook County]
    • Hulett [Crook County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hulett
      • Hulett [Crook County] lies 39 miles [62.8 km]<1> to the west of Spearfish
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 426 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hulett
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Hulett<3>
  • Weston County (WY)
    • Horton [Weston County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Horton
      • Horton [Weston County] was located 30 miles [48.3 km]<1> to the southwest of Spearfish
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Horton have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Four Corners [Weston County]

For an expanded list of the communities that are closest to Spearfish, see our County-by-County Page for Spearfish.

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Spearfish ...

An ongoing effort between the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has resulted in the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).

To share their results, the partnership has created the Chronicling America website. The goal of this partnership is to assemble a database about the current and historic newspapers of the United States. This includes a growing collection of scanned images from selected papers. All of it available to the public on their website.

Using information that we've taken from the Chronicling America website, we've identified 127 newspapers that have been published in the area around Spearfish.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Spearfish. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Spearfish and those printed in the larger area surrounding Spearfish.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 40 miles [64.4 km] of Spearfish.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These websites offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to everyone.

To help you get started, the following links will take you to the pages that are relevant to Spearfish:

  • Of Special Interest ...
    • The GenDisasters website specializes in newspaper articles about tragedies and disasters. While it makes interesting reading all by itself, it should be of special interest to genealogists and family historians looking for people who were either affected by or directly involved in such tragedies.
    • Stories from South Dakota
    • Stories from Wyoming

Cemeteries Near Spearfish ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Spearfish.

This is a new section and is likely to have errors. If you find an error, such as a missing cemetery or we have the wrong name, please let us know. If you know of them, we would also appreciate learning about previous or alternate names.

If you need information about a burial or interment, photos, transcripts, how to contact the cemetery or local authorities, please visit our selection of Genealogy Websites (see below).

If not found below, our Cemetery List for Spearfish covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

  • Rose Hill Cemetery
  • Carbonate Cemetery
  • St. Onge Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the St. Onge Cemetery
    • St. Onge Cemetery lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the northeast of Spearfish.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on St. Onge Cemetery
  • Anderson Cemetery
  • Preston Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Preston Cemetery
    • Preston Cemetery lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the south of Spearfish.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Preston Cemetery
  • Mt. Moran Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Mt. Moran Cemetery
    • Mt. Moran Cemetery lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the southeast of Spearfish.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mt. Moran Cemetery
  • Continue List ...
    • Mt. Moriah Cemetery
    • Seth Bullock Grave
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Seth Bullock Grave
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Seth Bullock Grave have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Seth Bullock Grave lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the southeast of Spearfish.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Seth Bullock Grave
    • St. Ambrose Cemetery
    • Little Dane Cemetery
    • Terry Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Terry Cemetery
      • Note: We haven't been able to verify our GPS coordinates for the Terry Cemetery. Although the coordinates have been estimated, they should be in the vicinity.<5>
      • Terry Cemetery lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the south of Spearfish.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Terry Cemetery
      • Find-A-Grave: FAG ID #2310671<4>
    • West Lead Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the West Lead Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the West Lead Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • West Lead Cemetery lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the south of Spearfish.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on West Lead Cemetery
    • South Lead Cemetery
    • Oak Ridge Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Oak Ridge Cemetery
      • Oak Ridge Cemetery lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the southeast of Spearfish.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Oak Ridge Cemetery
    • Pine Slope Cemetery

Nearby Communities in 1895 ...

We've built the following list with information that came from an Atlas published by Rand McNally in 1895. The Atlas had details such as the population of the community (which appears to have come from the 1890 Census) and whether there was a post office and/or railroad service available. We also indicate if the community no longer exists and is now historic.<6>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Spearfish had a population of 678 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service. In 2020, Spearfish had a population of 11,900 people.

These communities are listed based on their distance from Spearfish, with the one closest to Spearfish listed first.

  • Spearfish [Lawrence County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Spearfish
    • Spearfish [Lawrence County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the southeast of Spearfish
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 678 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 11,900 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Spearfish had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Spearfish have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Spearfish
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Spearfish<3>
  • Carbonate [Lawrence County] - Historic
    • While Carbonate was mentioned in the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, it no longer exists
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Carbonate
    • Carbonate [Lawrence County] was located 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the south of Spearfish
    • According to the 1895 Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 173 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Carbonate had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Carbonate have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
  • Saint Onge [Lawrence County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Saint Onge
    • Saint Onge [Lawrence County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the northeast of Spearfish
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 18 people
    • Estimated population in 2014: 342 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Saint Onge had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Saint Onge
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Saint Onge<3>
  • Central City [Lawrence County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Central City
    • Central City [Lawrence County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the southeast of Spearfish
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 519 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 155 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Central City had a post office and railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Central City
  • Terraville [Lawrence County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Terraville
    • Terraville [Lawrence County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the southeast of Spearfish
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 696 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Terraville had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Terraville have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Terraville
  • Deadwood [Lawrence County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Deadwood
    • Deadwood [Lawrence County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the southeast of Spearfish
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 2,366 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,294 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Deadwood had a post office and railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Deadwood
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Deadwood<3>
  • Continue List ...
    • Lead [Lawrence County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lead
      • Lead [Lawrence County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the southeast of Spearfish
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 2,581 people
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,947 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Lead had a post office and railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lead have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lead
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Lead<3>
    • Pluma [Lawrence County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pluma
      • Pluma [Lawrence County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the southeast of Spearfish
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Pluma had railroad service and no post office
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Pluma have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pluma
    • Crook City [Lawrence County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Crook City
      • Crook City [Lawrence County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the east of Spearfish
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 27 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Crook City had a post office and no railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Crook City
    • Whitewood [Lawrence County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Whitewood
      • Whitewood [Lawrence County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the east of Spearfish
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 443 people
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 999 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Whitewood had railroad service and no post office
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Whitewood have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Whitewood
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Whitewood<3>
    • Belle Fourche [Butte County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Belle Fourche
      • Belle Fourche [Butte County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the north of Spearfish
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 5,742 people
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Belle Fourche had a post office and railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Belle Fourche have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Belle Fourche
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Belle Fourche<3>
    • Beulah [Crook County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Beulah
      • Beulah [Crook County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the west of Spearfish
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 100 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Beulah had a post office and no railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Beulah
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Beulah<3>
    • Englewood [Lawrence County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Englewood
      • Englewood [Lawrence County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the south of Spearfish
      • Estimated population in 2014: 25 people
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Englewood had railroad service and no post office
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Englewood have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Englewood
    • Snoma [Butte County] - Historic
      • While Snoma was mentioned in the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, it no longer exists
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Snoma
      • Snoma [Butte County] was located 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the northeast of Spearfish
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Snoma had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Snoma have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Woodville [Lawrence County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Woodville
      • Woodville [Lawrence County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the south of Spearfish
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Woodville had railroad service and no post office
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Woodville have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Woodville

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Spearfish. See our List of 1890's Communities around Spearfish.

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Spearfish ...

While our initial data about Spearfish came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Spearfish in old books and maps. When we do, we'll find a fact here or a snippet there. We've created the following list to keep track of the documents we found useful in adding to our knowledge about Spearfish.

We hope that the following list of documents will be of interest to you.

Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895)
Published by Rand McNally & Co.
(Document found on Google Books)

Note for Spearfish:
Services available in 1895: no Railroad mentioned

We have found Spearfish in these Censuses: 2010-2000. See our Census Page for Spearfish for more information.

Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Spearfish. See our Misc Page for Spearfish for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Lawrence County

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Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Spearfish: www.city.spearfish.sd.us/

The official website for Lawrence County: www.lawrence.sd.us/

The official website for State of South Dakota: sd.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Spearfish) to Point B.If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Spearfish. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from SpearfishOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Spearfish. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 44.4889, Longitude: -103.8477       In this case, the coordinates for Spearfish have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<2>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<3>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<4>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website: findagrave.com.
<5>An 'estimated' location is one where we have been given GPS coordinates, but are unable to verify the accuracy of those coordinates. That said, we have some confidence that we have placed the marker near the actual location. A typical reason for being unable to verify a location is that it might be on private property or maybe historic and gone without an obvious trace.
<6>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about Spearfish, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.






















 

 

 

 

 


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