The Bullitt County History Museum

Bullitt County Newspapers

Compiled by Daniel Buxton and Betty Darnell

The purpose of this page is to bring together useful information about the newspapers that have been published in Bullitt County, and where they might be found on microfilm. While we hope that this information is accurate, mistakes could have crept in.

Here is a list of the newspapers:

  • Bullitt Pioneer - Circa 1882 to 1912
  • Bullitt Weekly Pioneer - Circa 1885
  • Kentucky Farmer - Circa 1891
  • Salt River Tiger - Circa 1896
  • The Bullitt Tribune - Circa 1898
  • Bullitt News - Circa 1904 to 1912
  • Pioneer News - Circa 1913 to 2009
  • Lebanon Junction Booster - Circa 1924 to 1925
  • The Salt River Valley News - Circa 1949 to 1954
  • Mount Washington Star - Circa 1967 to 1986
  • The Bullitt County Independent - Circa 1970s
  • The Bullitt Star - Circa 1970s
  • Mount Washington/Bloomfield Booster - Circa 1960s
  • Star - Circa 1980 to 1983
  • North Bullitt Postboy - Circa 1982 to 1983
  • The Bullitt Weekly - (A special publication of the Louisville Times) Circa 1980s
  • The Bullitt County "Neighborhoods Section" of The Courier Journal - Circa 1985
  • The Bullitt Courier - Unknown

Betty Darnell has provided the following notes about these papers.

  • Bullitt Pioneer founded 15 June 1882 by W. B. Gwynn; later published by his brother J. K. Gwynn, Thos H. Morris, Charles Ellsworth McCormick.
  • (McDowell collection at Filson mentions an article on the Pope farm by Wm. R. Thompson in Bullitt Pioneer, 1 Oct 1885) - (a 1982 Pioneer-News quoted the 10 Aug & Sep 1893 issues.)
  • Kentucky Farmer, by Tom Cochran. Prepared by the Devil's Devil, Pioneer-News, 2 Oct 1931: Cochran took the newspaper to Louisville & published several years.
  • Salt River Tiger, founded 16 Dec 1896; files destroyed by 1909 & 1937 floods. A 1982 Pioneer-News quoted the 24 Dec 1896 issue; 1897 issues at Filson Club.
  • Salt River Valley News, by Burlyn Pike and Richard A. Briggs; purchased by Pioneer-News
  • Mt. Washington Star, Bud Settles and Norval Harris; merged with Pioneer-News in 1986
  • North Bullitt Postboy, absorbed by Pioneer-News, 7 Apr 1983
  • Lebanon Junction Booster, c1924-1925, published by a man in New Haven (per Dixie Hibbs, 2001)
  • Bullitt Tribune, Lebanon Junction. Nelson County Record, 28 Jan 1898: "The Bullitt Tribune, Lebanon Junction's new paper, made its appearance here Saturday. The editor, Mr. Moses Fort, was for a year manager of the Salt River Tiger."

Newspapers are available for research on microfilm at the following locations. Note that not all of the above listed newspapers are available for research.

The Ridgway Library, Shepherdsville, Kentucky. Note: This list was published in 1989. The Pioneer News is on microfilm up to 2005. This list was complied by Betty Darnell for the Wilderness Road, the Bullitt County Genealogical Society Quarterly.


BULLITT COUNTY NEWSPAPERS ON MICROFILM

BULLITT NEWS, published each Friday, 1902-?

Reel #1. 1904 (Sep 30 - Dec 23; on reel with Bullitt Pioneer)
1905 (missing Aug 18; on reel with Bullitt Pioneer)
#2. 1906 (missing Jul 13)
#3. 1907 (Jan 4 - Dec 20)
1908 (missing July 10)
1909 (missing Feb 5)
1910 (Jan 4 - Nov 30; missing Aug 5, 12)
#4. 1911 (Jan 6 - Mar 31, Apr 14 - Jun 23, Jul 7 - Sep 29, Oct 13, 20, Nov 10-24, Dec 1-22 - all in very poor condition)

BULLITT PIONEER
published each Friday (later Thursday), 1882-? - all on one reel:

1901 - Jul 5
1903 - Dec 25
1904 - Jan 15, Feb 12, Apr 8, Jun 10-24, Jul 1, 8, 22, Aug 12, Oct 7-21, Dec 11.
1905 - Feb 3, Jul 28, Aug 11
1906 - Jan 26, Mar 9, 23, May 18, Sep 14, Oct 26, Nov 16
1907 - May 24, 31, Jun 7, Oct 25
1908 - Sep 25, Oct 2
1909 - Jan 29 (half), Feb 5, 12, 26, Mar 5, Apr 9, 16, 30, May 14, Jul 11, 25, Aug 13, 27, Sep 10 - 24, Oct 1, 8, 29, Nov 5, Nov 12, 19, Dec 10
1910 - Jan 7, 21, Feb 11, 25, Mar 4-25, Apr 1, 8, 29, June 3, June 10, 24, Jul 1-15, Aug 5, 26, Sep 2, 16 - 30, Oct, Nov. Dec 2, 16, 23
1911 - Jan 6 - Mar 31, Apr 7, May 12, 26, Jun, Jul 14 - 28, Aug 4-18, Sep 1, 22, Oct 6 - Nov 17, Dec 1-15
1912 - Jan 19, 26, Feb 9 - 23, Mar 8, 22 - 29, Apr, May 10, Jun 14, Jun 20, Jul 5, Aug 2 - 16, 30, Sep 6, 13

NORTH BULLITT POSTBOY, weekly, absorbed by Pioneer News

1982 - June-Dec (missing 2 Dec)
1983 - Jan-Mar 31

PIONEER NEWS, weekly, 1882 - current

1913 - Aug 8, 15, Oct 31 (parts of issue)
1914 - Nov 20, 27, Dec 11, 25
1915 - Jan 8, 15, 29, Feb 19, 26
1916 - Jan 14, May 12-26, Jun 9-30, Jul 7-28, Aug 11, 18, Sep 1-22, Oct 8-20, Nov 3, 10, 24, Dec 1-22
1917 - (missing Feb 23, Mar 2, Apr 20, May 18, Aug 24, Dec 21, 28)
1918 - (missing Apr 26, Sep 6)
1919 - Jan 3, Feb 7-21, Mar - May 9, 23, 30, Jun 6-20, Jul 4-25, Aug 1 - 15, 29, Sep - Nov 21, Dec
1920 - (missing Jan 2, May 7, Jun 4, Nov 5)
1921 - (missing Feb 4, June 3, Aug 26, Oct 21)
1922 - (missing Apr 14-28, May 19, Jul 9, Aug 4, 18, Oct 27, Dec 10)
1923 - (missing Jul 13, 27, Aug 24, Sep 7, Oct 19, Nov 3, 23, Dec)
1924 - (missing Jan 11, Mar 28, Apr 11. Jun 6, Aug 22, Dec 26)
1925 - (missing Jul 10, Oct 16)
1926 - Jan 1, 8, Feb 12, Mar 26 - Dec 24 (missing Apr 9, Aug 20, Oct 8)
1927 - (missing Feb 11, May 6, Aug 19, Nov 11)
1928 - (missing Mar 9, 16, Aug 10, 17, Dec 21, 28)
1929 - (missing Jan 4, 18 - 25, Mar 8 - 22, May 3, 10, Jul, Aug 17, 31)
1930 - (missing Oct 24)
1931 - complete
1932 - complete
1933 - complete
1934 - (missing Feb 16)
1935 - current complete (bi- weekly since 1986)
13 Jun 1974 bicentennial issue

Here is a link to the Ridgway Library card catalog.

The University of Kentucky William Young Library on Campus has many newspapers on microfilm. Here is a list of those available from Bullitt County as of 1997.

Legend: Shep = Shepherdsville; MW = Mt. Washington

CityTitleFilm #Date
MaryvilleNorth Bullitt PostboyS/83-101982: June 30 Dec. 30
MaryvilleNorth Bullitt PostboyS/83-101983: Jan. - Mar.
ShepKentucky FarmerS/90-1541891: Sept. 16
ShepBullitt PioneerS/90-255 1892: March 17
ShepBullitt Weekly PioneerS/90-2891885: December 3
ShepPioneer NewsS-2321913-1915
ShepPioneer NewsS-2321916-1922
ShepPioneer NewsS-2321923-1929
ShepPioneer NewsS-2321930-1934
ShepPioneer NewsS-2321934-1937: May
ShepPioneer NewsS-2321937: May 14 - 1940
ShepPioneer NewsS-2321941: Sept. - 1944
ShepPioneer NewsS-2321944: Oct. -1947
ShepPioneer NewsS-2321948-1949
ShepPioneer NewsS-2321950-1952
ShepPioneer NewsS-2321953
ShepPioneer NewsS-2321954-1956
ShepPioneer NewsS-2321957-1958
ShepPioneer NewsS-2321959-1960
ShepPioneer NewsS-2321961
ShepPioneer NewsS-2321962
ShepPioneer NewsS-2321963
ShepPioneer NewsS-2321964
ShepPioneer NewsS-2321965
ShepPioneer NewsS-2321966
ShepPioneer NewsS-2321967
ShepPioneer NewsS-2321968
ShepPioneer NewsS-2321969
ShepPioneer NewsS-2321970
ShepPioneer NewsS-2321971
ShepPioneer NewsS-2321972
ShepPioneer NewsS-2321973
ShepPioneer NewsS-2321974
ShepPioneer NewsS-2321975
ShepPioneer NewsS-2321976
ShepPioneer NewsS-2321977
ShepPioneer NewsS-2321978: Jan.-June
ShepPioneer NewsS-2321978: July-Dec.
ShepPioneer NewsS-2321979
ShepPioneer NewsS-2321980: Jan.-June
ShepPioneer NewsS-2321980: July-Dec.
ShepPioneer NewsS-2321981: Jan.-June
ShepPioneer NewsS-2321981: July-Dec.
ShepPioneer NewsS-2321982: Jan.-June
ShepPioneer NewsS-2321982: July-Dec.
ShepPioneer NewsS-2321983: Jan.-June
ShepPioneer NewsS-2321983: July-Dec.
ShepPioneer NewsS-2321984: Jan.-June
ShepPioneer NewsS-2321984: July-Dec.
ShepPioneer NewsS-2321985: Jan.-June
ShepPioneer NewsS-2321985: July-Dec.
ShepPioneer NewsS-2321986: Jan.-June
ShepPioneer NewsS-2321986: July-Dec.
ShepPioneer NewsS-2321987: Jan.-June
ShepPioneer NewsS-2321987: July-Dec.
ShepPioneer NewsS-2321988: Jan.-June
ShepPioneer NewsS-2321988: July-Dec.
ShepPioneer NewsS-2321989: Jan.-June
ShepPioneer NewsS-2321989: July-Dec.
ShepPioneer NewsS-2321990: Jan.-June
ShepPioneer NewsS-2321990: July-Aug.
ShepPioneer NewsS-2321990: Sept.-Dec.
ShepPioneer NewsS-2321991: Jan.-Apr.
ShepPioneer NewsS-2321991: May-Aug.
ShepPioneer NewsS-2321991: Sept.-Dec.
ShepPioneer NewsS-2321992: Jan.-Apr.
ShepPioneer NewsS-2321992: May-Aug.
ShepPioneer NewsS-2321992: Sept.-Dec.
ShepPioneer NewsS-2321993: Jan.-Apr.
ShepPioneer NewsS-2321993: May-Aug.
ShepPioneer NewsS-2321993: Sept.-Dec.
ShepPioneer NewsS-2321994: Jan.-Apr.
ShepPioneer NewsS-2321994: May-Aug.
ShepPioneer NewsS-2321994: Sept. 5-Dec. 28
ShepPioneer NewsS-2321995: Jan. 2-Apr. 26
ShepPioneer NewsS-2321995: May-Aug.
ShepPioneer NewsS-2321995: Sept.-Dec.
ShepPioneer NewsS-2321996: Jan.-Apr.
ShepPioneer NewsS-2321996: May-Aug.
ShepPioneer NewsS-2321996: Sept.-Dec.
ShepPioneer NewsS-2321997: Jan.-Apr.
ShepPioneer NewsS-2321997: May-Aug.
ShepSalt River Valley NewsS-2371949: Apr.-Dec
ShepSalt River Valley NewsS-2371949: Sept. - 1953
ShepSalt River Valley NewsS-2371954: Jan.-July 1
ShepBullitt NewsS-5791904-1905
ShepBullitt NewsS-5791906
ShepBullitt NewsS-5791907-1910
ShepBullitt NewsS-5791911
ShepBullitt PioneerS-5791901-1912
MWMW StarS-6721967
MWMW StarS-6721968
MWMW StarS-6721969
MWMW StarS-6721970
MWMW StarS-6721971
MWMW StarS-6721972
MWMW StarS-6721973
MWMW StarS-6721974
MWMW StarS-6721975
MWMW StarS-6721976
MWMW StarS-6721977
MWMW StarS-6721978
MWMW StarS-6721979:Jan.-June
MWMW StarS-6721979: July-Dec.
MWMW StarS-6721980: Jan.-June
MWMW StarS-6721984: Jan.-June
MWMW StarS-6721984: July-Dec.
MWMW StarS-6721985: Jan.-June
MWMW StarS-6721985: July-Dec.
MWMW StarS-6721986: Jan.-May
MWStarS-6721980: July-Dec.
MWStarS-6721981: Jan.-June
MWStarS-6721981: July-Dec.
MWStarS-6721982: Jan.-June
MWStarS-6721982: July-Dec.
MWStarS-6721983: Jan.-June
MWStarS-6721983: July-Dec.

Note: This listed was published circa 1997. The Pioneer News is on Microfilm up to 2005.

Here is a link to the infoKat the University of Kentucky Library card Catalog.

The Louisville Times and the Courier Journal can be found on Microfilm at the main branch of the Louisville Public Library. Here is a link to the card catalog of the Louisville Public Library.

The Bullitt County History Museum, a service of the Bullitt County Genealogical Society, is located in the county courthouse at 300 South Buckman Street (Highway 61) in Shepherdsville, Kentucky. The museum, along with its research room, is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday. Admission is free. The museum, as part of the Bullitt County Genealogical Society, is a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization and is classified as a 509(a)2 public charity. Contributions and bequests are deductible under section 2055, 2106, or 2522 of the Internal Revenue Code. Page last modified: 13 Jul 2015 . Page URL: bullittcountyhistory.org/bullittconewspapers.html