“American Pickers” Visit South Dakota

by Katlyn Richter on February 16, 2012 · 2 comments

Who watches the “American Pickers” on History Channel? Me personally, I really like the show. It’s one that I’ll tune into often, and I don’t mind watching a re-run.


Now, who’s been to Pioneer Auto Show in Murdo, South Dakota? If you’ve been there, you know how much great stuff they have stacked away in multiple buildings across the property. If you haven’t been there, check out their website, you’ll get a good taste. The owner of Pioneer Auto, Dave Geisler, is a long time great friend of South Dakota’s tourism industry. He was even on the Governor’s Tourism Advisory Board for 32 years. That’s dedication.


Dave was also dedicated to something else. He was dedicated to getting the American Pickers to come to South Dakota. Well, it finally happened. This summer, the American Pickers came and picked their way through South Dakota (while Frank was taking it easy motorcycling in Sturgis, what a slacker! J). They made several stops across the state, including the Pioneer Auto Show and 1880 Town.

Some of the crew here at the Department of Tourism, including myself, jumped in the car and drove out to Murdo the day the film crew was there to wish Dave good luck and congratulate him on his efforts. However, Dave had more than just a “hello” planned for us. He suited us up with one of Murdo’s finest tour guides to show us around Murdo in an old car, and I mean old!

While we were touring Murdo, Dave was swinging deals with the Pickers, and if you haven’t seen the episode yet, I won’t spoil it. But I will advise you not to get into a coin tossing bet with Mr. Geisler.. Watch for the episode titled, “What Happens in Sturgis…,” on the History Channel. It’s worth checking out if you’re a fan of South Dakota.

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