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The Wild WestThe term "wild west" conjures many things in the mind—criminal outlaws like Billy the Kid or Jesse James, the California Gold Rush, or the folklore associated with the American frontier. We welcome you to browse our Wild West newspaper inventory or learn more about American Wild West newspapers at our main Wild West page.
The Wild West
The term "wild west" conjures many things in the mind—criminal outlaws like Billy the Kid or Jesse James, the California Gold Rush, or the folklore associated with the American frontier. We welcome you to browse our Wild West newspaper inventory or learn more about American Wild West newspapers at our main Wild West page.
June 12, 1873
EVENING EXPRESS, Los Angeles, California, June 12, 1873 An early issue from this now-huge West Coast city containing various news of the day & a great wealth of ads.
Four pages, never bound nor trimmed, small edge tears, otherwise in very good condition.
May 24, 1882
CRESTED BUTTE REPUBLICAN, Colorado, May 24, 1882
* Rare Gunnison County title
* Volume I issue
A rare newspaper which lasted for less than two years. The only institutional holding of this title noted in Gregory (Union List of American Newspapers) was the Kansas Historical Society but that collection was purchased in its entirety by us.
In the 1860s and 1870s coal and silver mines began to... See More
November 27, 1885
WHITE PINE CONE, White Pine, Gunnison County, Colorado, November 27, 1885
* Very rare Old West title
* Ghost town - silver mining
An interesting newspaper from a fascinating town which went through two boom & bust periods. As the hyperlink notes, White Pine began in 1880 as a fledgling mining camp just west of the Continental Divide, boomed in the mid-1880's then went bust by ... See More
November 5, 1868
SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, California, November 5, 1868 Although known to all as the current capital of California, this city got its start thanks to the protection of Sutter's Fort, which was established by John Sutter in 1839. During the California Gold Rush, Sacramento was a major distribution point, a commercial and agricultural center, and a terminus for wagon trains, stagecoaches, riv... See More
August 24, 1878
ST. LOUIS GLOBE-DEMOCRAT, Aug. 24, 1878
* Thomas Alva Edison
Page 2 has over a full column taken up with: "TOM EDISON" "The Great Electrician Among the Wires in the Western Union Offices" "A Great Invention by Which an Army Can Annihilate Its Enemy" "What He Thinks About Sun-Stroke and Its Causes".
Complete in 12 pages, very nice condition.... See More
Item #642996IAPI OAYE, THE WORD CARRIER, published by the Dakota Mission in Dakota Indian territory (later South Dakota), June, 1880 This very uncommon newspaper was founded in 1871 with the first three pages in the Dakota Indian language, and the last page in English. In 1884 the editor decided to divide & separately publish the Dakota and English language material, titled separately "Iapi Oay... See More
July 13, 1883
DEMOCRATIC STATE JOURNAL, Dayton, Columbia County, Washington (Territory), July 13, 1883 This is a volume 1 issue of a title we have never had before from Washington, 6 years before it would become a state. "Union List of American Newspapers" notes that it lasted for just 2 years, with just 5 issues held by one institution and scattered issues by another.
A typical newspaper... See More
August 24, 1882
THE NEW NORTHWEST, Portland, Oregon, Aug. 24, 1882 A great title for a newspaper from this part of the country in the 19th century. Among the articles are: "Coastward Wanderings Continued" "Letter From Lafayette" "Our Schools" "Practical Politics" "A Man's Requirements" & much more. A great wealth of ads as well.
Eight pages, some sm... See More
November 7, 1878
VALLEJO EVENING CHRONICLE, California, November 7, 1878
* Rare Old West title
From this city just north of San Francisco with various news of the day and a wealth of ads as well.
Four pages, a little margin wear, more so along spine, archival mend on page 2, otherwise nice.
November 23, 1890
THE WYOMING COMMONWEALTH, Cheyenne, November 23, 1890 This issue was published just several months after Wyoming became a state. Most of page 7 is taken up with a terrific: "Bird's-Eye View of Interior Heights." which is a great overview of much of Cheyenne at the time. The front page contains illustrations of "Senator Joseph M. Carey" and "Senator Francis E. War... See More
December 11, 1891
THE EDGEWOOD SUN, Colorado Springs, Colorado, December 11, 1891
* A very rare title
I wouldn't use the term "cute" to describe many newspapers but I think it fits here. Four pages & measuring just 5 1/2 by 7 1/2 inches, it has advertisements, promotional & news tidbits, and various witticisms. A volume one issue of a little paper that lasted for just 2 1/2 y... See More
April 8, 1882
DESERET EVENING NEWS, Salt Lake City, Utah Territory, April 8, 1882
* Studebaker Wagon and Carriage Manufacturer
* Great article with 2 related prints
* On the Jesse James killing
About two-thirds of the front page is taken up with an excellent & very detailed article on the history of the Studemaker company, with column heads at the top of the page: "STUDEBAKERS" &quo... See More
September 9, 1887
ST. HELENA STAR, Napa County, California, September 9, 1887
* Rare old West title
* Robert Louis Stevenson
This is a small town north of the San Francisco Bay area. The front page features a chapter from the serialized "Treasure Island, by Robert L. Stevenson", with a front page illustration from the book as well. It first appeared in book form just 5 years previous.
Four ... See More
February 3, 1883
OURAY TIMES, Colorado, Feb. 3, 1883 A very rare newspaper as Gregory (Union List of American Newspapers) notes that only the Colorado Historical Society records any issues of this title.
Originally established by miners chasing silver and gold in the surrounding mountains, the town at one time boasted more horses and mules than people. Prospectors arrived in the area in 1875. At the height ... See More
September 4, 1878
THE ADVANCE, Red Wing, Minnesota, Sept. 4, 1878 Page 2 has: "Treaty With Indians" which begins: "Generals Howard, Wheaton, Sawhille...met Indian chiefs at Umatilla, Oregon & had a general pow-wow...". Also: "A Missouri Daytime Bank Robbery" which has much on a robbery in Concordia, Minnesota including: "...three men entered the bank...jumped over the co... See More
October 24, 1866
SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, California, Oct. 24, 1866 Among the articles are: "The Shadows of the Future" "The Case of Horse-Stealing" "How Some People Live" "California Fruit at the World's Fair" & so much more.
Four pages, never bound nor trimmed, good condition.
July 22, 1881
CLEVELAND WEEKLY HERALD, Ohio, July 22, 1881 The front page has: "Sitting Bull & His People Surrender to Maj. Brotherton" "Arms & Ponies Turned Over to the Government--Details".
A great page 3 report is headed: "HANDS UP" "The Daring Robbery on the Rock Island Road" "By a Thoroughly Organized Gang of Desperadoes" "Thought by Som... See More
October 18, 1884
THE NATIONAL POLICE GAZETTE, New York, Oct. 18, 1884 Among the various portraits inside is a nice one of; "Hon. William F. Cody (Buffalo Bill)". There is a brief bit of text on him on pg. 2. A wealth of other prints including a fullpg: "The Humors of Sport", and other sensationalized prints. There is a nice full-figure & fullpg. print of a boxer: "Dominick Franci... See More
October 6, 1876
THE MAINE STANDARD, Augusta, Oct. 6, 1876 With the Custer massacre just over 3 months old, the front page has an interesting article: "Story of Gen. Custar's (sic) Courtship", with much detail.
Four pages, large size, never bound nor trimmed, 2 folds, bit of foxing. Folder size noted is for the issue folded in half.
October 25, 1874
CARSON DAILY APPEAL, Carson City, Nevada, Oct. 25, 1874 Coin collectors are very familiar with this town (the capital of Nevada) for the mint which produced the famous "C.C." mint marks on gold & silver coins it produced.
Situated just east of Lake Tahoe at the western "elbow" of the state, this issue from its heyday during the mining era has... See More
July 22, 1876
THE WEEKLY DETROIT PRESS, Michigan, July 22, 1876 The top of page 3 has column heads: "THE MASSACRE OF CUSTER" "Description of a Michigan Soldier Who Saw the Field of Battle" which is prefaced with: "Lt. John Carland...writes...under date of 'Mouth of the Little Horn, June 29th', the following vivid account of Custer's battle with the Sioux..." and t... See More
November 30, 1872
SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY ARGUS, Snelling, Merced County, California, Nov. 30, 1872 This very small town (pop. 231 in 2010) is located near the geographic center of California, originally called "The Snelling Ranch". In 1870 it was changed to Snelling, a family that operated a way station since 1851. It is located just north of the larger city of Merced.
In addition to news items this is... See More
April 9, 1882
ST. LOUIS GLOBE-DEMOCRAT, April 9, 1882
* Outlaw Jesse James assassination
Keeping in mind that Jesse James was killed just 6 days previous, page 9 has a column beginning: "JESSE JAMES" "He Would Not Have Been Welcome at the Penitentiary" "A Reminiscence of the Attempt to Offer Amnesty--Senator Vest's Strange Meeting with the Bandits...He Predicts That Frank Jame... See More
September 26, 1893
THE OMAHA DAILY BEE, Nebraska, Sept. 26, 1893 The ftpg. has a nice, full column report on a train robbery headed at the top: "ON THE WRONG TRAIN" "Express Robbers in Missouri Who Didn't Know It Was Loaded" "Successful Trick of the Authorities" "Sent Out a Dummy Train in Charge of Well Armed Officers" "Desperate Battle Waged in the Dark" &... See More
August 4, 1876
ROCKINGHAM REPUBLICAN, Exeter, New Hampshire, Aug. 4, 1876
* Otterville, Missouri train robbery
* Jesse James & Younger Brothers gang
The back page has a nice, detailed report headed: "The Missouri Train Robbery" which is an account of the famous robbery by the James & Younger Gang (see hyperlink for more on it) by a woman who was on the train, including some fascina... See More
March 29, 1899
THE GLOBE, South Bethlehem, Penna., March 29, 1899 Page 2 has over half a column headed: "OUTLAW'S CONFESSION" "May Save Two Innocents Serving Life Sentences For Murder" "An Organized Band of Robbers" with more. A nice, classic "Wild West" report which implicates the Dalton Gang as well (see).
Four pages, evenly toned, some minor margin tears, sho... See More
April 13, 1882
THE REPUBLICAN, St. Louis, Missouri, April 13, 1882 Page 4 has an article with column heads: "The Killing Of Bandit James" "More Comfort for the Murderer's Friends". This is an interesting editorial groaning about the those who mourn about how he was killed, and including: "...True, a pistol was not placed in his hands and he told to 'defend himself'...&q... See More
October 8, 1890
SAGINAW WEEKLY NEWS, Michigan, Oct. 8, 1890
* Old west style train robbery
The top of a front page column is headed: "DARING TRAIN ROBBERY" "The Robbers Board the Train Twice and Fight the Crew" "Amount Stolen Not Known" "They Gag a Worthy Express Messenger & Then Try & Shoot Him--After Leaving the Train They Board it Again and Fight the Crew&... See More
October 8, 1887
STREET & SMITH'S NEW YORK WEEKLY, Oct. 8, 1887
* Texas Jack Omohundro
* Buffalo Bill Cody mate
* Old West Cowboy - scout
Across the masthead is: "Specimen Copy". The entire ftpg. is taken up with a portion of the dime novel by famed Western-themed writer Ned Buntline, titled: "A Mate to Buffalo Bill--Texas Jack, the White King of the Pawnees". The dominant... See More
On the "last spike" ceremony at Promontory Point, Utah... Joining of the transcontinental railroad...
May 10, 1869
NEW YORK HERALD, May 10, 1869 Page 7 has a report headed: "The Pacific Railroad" with subheads including: "Celebration of the Completion of the Road in California--A Gala Day in San Francisco and Sacramento--General Rejoicings & Jollification--Why the Roads Were Not Joined". This text takes about 7 column inches and includes much on the celebration and preparations fo... See More
November 20, 1884
ST. LOUIS GLOBE-DEMOCRAT, Nov. 20, 1884 Likely due to its location on the edge of the Western frontier, this newspaper typically contained a wealth sensational crime reports and events from the West than found in eastern newspapers.
The top of pg. 3 has: "The Younger Boys' Prison Life" is concerning their aunt visiting them: "...who are now serving out sentences for life ... See More
July 2, 1885
ST. LOUIS GLOBE-DEMOCRAT, July 2, 1885 Likely due to its location on the edge of the Western frontier, this newspaper typically contained a wealth sensational crime reports and events from the West than found in eastern newspapers. Page 2 begins with: "A DESPERADO SLAIN" "James McDaniel, a Noted Texas Outlaw, Killed by Deputy Sheriffs" "A Remarkable Career of Crime--... See More
July 12, 1885
ST. LOUIS GLOBE-DEMOCRAT, July 12, 1885 Likely due to its location on the edge of the Western frontier, this newspaper typically contained a wealth sensational crime reports and events from the West than found in eastern newspapers.
Page 3 has over column headed: "HOSTILE APACHES" "Texans Indignant Over a Proposition Looking to Their Settlement in Greer County" "A K... See More
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Have you ever had difficulty deciding which issues to add to your collection? Are you seeking to purchase a unique gift for someone, but are unsure of which issues to select? Perhaps one of our 4-is... See More
March 10, 1900
THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN REVEILLE, Critchell, Colorado, March 10, 1900
* Very rare title
A very rare newspaper as Gregory (Union List of American Newspapers) notes that only one newspaper every published in Critchell, this title, and only one institution had any issues but that holding was purchased in its entirety by us. The town of Critchell no longer exists as a separate entity, seemingly absor... See More
April 12, 1883
ST. LOUIS GLOBE-DEMOCRAT, April 12, 1883
* Outlaw Frank James
* Jesse James gang
* Dick Liddil
The top of pg. 2 has: "MISSOURI'S OUTLAWS" "Dick Liddill's Value as a Witness for the State in the James Trial" "Charley Ford's Opinion of His Testimony--Jail Delivery at Quincy--Burrill in the Penitentiary--Convicted of Libel--Unearthing a Skeleton--The... See More
December 21, 1881
ST. LOUIS GLOBE-DEMOCRAT, Dec. 21, 1881
* Jim Talbot - Billy the Kid gang
* Caldwell, Kansas shootout
The front page has a report from Kansas headed: "Billy the Kid's Gang" which reports on a group of desperadoes & mentions near the end: "...Talbott is a noted desperado. He killed the Marshal & a deputy at Fort Elliott, Texas...He was also one of Billy the ... See More
September 8, 1876
ROCKINGHAM REPUBLICAN, Exeter, New Hampshire, Sept. 8, 1876
* "Wild Bill" Hickok death
* American old West folk hero
The back page has a nice article headed: "Wild Bill" , which begins: "Everybody in this country has heard of 'Wild Bill' a noted scout, buffalo-hunter and plainsman, & who on account of his reckless bravery was made Marshal at differ... See More
July 13, 1876
BOSTON WEEKLY JOURNAL, July 13, 1876
* General George A. Custer's massacre
* Battle of Little Bighorn - Sitting bull
* Native Americans era original
The top of page 3 has column heads: "The Little Horn Massacre" "Reno's Charge and Repulse" "Custer's Impulsive Onslaught" with various news reports on what happened (see).
Four pages, large foli... See More
July 29, 1882
SALIDA DAILY SENTINEL, Colorado, July 29, 1882
* Very rare Old West title
An exceedingly rare title as Gregory (Union List of American Newspapers) notes that only one institution had any issues of this title & they were recently purchased by us. No other issues are recorded in any institution. Actually a very typical newspaper of the period with news items of the day--much of it lo... See More
October 28, 1881
PUBLIC LEDGER, Philadelphia, Oct. 28, 1881
* Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1st report)
* Tombstone AZ Arizona - Old West
* Wyatt Earp - Clantons - McLaurys
Near the top of the front page is a brief report on the very historic gunfight at the OK Corral. The report is very inconspicuous near the top of column four and with no heading. It reads: "Francis and Thomas Lowrey were kille... See More
March 2, 1878
FRANK LESLIE'S ILLUSTRATED, New York, March 2, 1878
* Comstock Lode
* Virginia City NV Nevada
* Silver mining Prints
Certainly the prime content would be the article: "Across The Continent - The Frank Leslie Excursion to the Pacific" "Virginia City, the Home of Our Silver Wealth" which includes a very nice half page print of: "View of the Main Street in V... See More
August 27, 1874
THE DAILY INDEPENDENT, Virginia City, Nevada, Aug. 27, 1874
* Rare Old West title
* Comstock Lode fame
* Gold & silver mining
A very famous Western town which sprang up as a boomtown with the 1859 discovery of the Comstock Lode, the first major silver deposit discovery in the United States. The city's population peaked in the mid-1870's with about 25,000 residents. the cu... See More
July 15, 1892
DAILY TIMES, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, July 15, 1892
* The Dalton Gang
* Adair, Oklahoma
* Last train robbery
The back page has a nice article headed: "A Bold Train Robbery" "The Dalton Gang Hold Up an Express and Secure a Rich Prize" with the dateline from Parsons, Kansas. The photos show the entire report, which contains some nice detail, somewhat more than is co... See More
October 6, 1892
SPRINGFIELD DAILY REPUBLICAN, Massachusetts, Oct. 6, 1892 Page 6 of this issue has a very nice, and uncommonly lengthy report headed: "The Dalton Gang Wiped Out" "A Desperate Battle In Kansas" "Five Bandits and Four Citizens" with subheads: "Killed in an Encounter at Coffeyville--The Gang Attempted to Rob Two Banks--The City Marshal Among the Dead". Th... See More
March 19, 1871
DAILY ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS, Denver, Colorado, March 19, 1871
* Rare old West title
This is actually a territorial newspaper as Colorado did not become a state until 1876. The front page is entirely taken up with ads, two of which are illustrated, save for one column of various news items. In fact most of the news reports are on the back page as pages 2 & 3 are mostly taken up with a... See More
April 17, 1883
ST. LOUIS GLOBE-DEMOCRAT, April 17, 1883
* Outlaw Jesse James still alive ?
Page 3 contains a very curious article, just 11 months after the death of Jesse James, headed: "Jesse James Not Dead", noting in part: "...that the story of the killing of Jesse James is a fine hoax; that he had seen him no longer than three weeks ago. He declares positively that he is not mistak... See More
July 28, 1879
ST. LOUIS GLOBE-DEMOCRAT, July 28, 1879
* Doc Middleton gang
* Outlaws - horse thieves
Page 3 has a great "gunslinger" type report from the Old West, headed: "A Frontier Fight" "How Doc. Middleton & Other Border Ruffians Were Routed" "A Desperate Encounter as Described by One of the Captured." This report is very detailed and takes 1 12 colu... See More
May 8, 1876
LYON COUNTY TIMES, Silver City, Nevada, May 8, 1876
* Wild Old West
* Famous mining town
Silver City is pretty much a ghost town today, with several old building still standing from its heyday during the mining era in the 1870's and 1880's. The population from the 2000 census was 170. Located rather close to the more famous Virginia City, this newspaper began in Silver City in... See More
July 26, 1873
THE WORLD, San Diego, California, July 26, 1873
* Old West title
The front page has an interesting article headed: "The Shah" which begins: "The Shah himself is an ugly cuss..." and also notes: "...he has caused many a poor fellow's head to be chopped off on a notice of five minutes...A fierce-eyed, tallow-visaged, ugly beast as ever wore a diamond or carri... See More
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