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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.
May 13, 1882
THE TIN CUP RECORD, Virginia City, Gunnison County, Colorado, May 13, 1882
* Very rare Old West title
A very rare newspaper as Gregory (Union List of American Newspapers) lists only one institution as having any issues of this title and that holding was recently purchased by us. No others are recorded in any American institution. This was also the only newspaper every published in Virginia C... See More
November 13, 1885
WHITE PINE CONE, White Pine, Gunnison County, Colorado, November 13, 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
August 28, 1883
ST. LOUIS GLOBE-DEMOCRAT, Missouri, Aug. 28, 1883 Fully half of the front page is taken up with some terrific detail on the trial of Frank James, with column heads: "FRANK JAMES" "A Marked Change in the Bearing of the Bandit" "Liddell's Testimony Gains Strength Under Cross-Examination" "Mr.s Bolton on the Witness Stand--Plan of the Defense--The Testimon... See More
March 20, 1875
ST. LOUIS DAILY GLOBE, March 20, 1875 A great issue as the first column of the front page is mostly taken up with: "TIBURCIO VASQUEZ" "The Noted California Bandit Executed at San Jose" "His Splendid Nerve Maintained Him to the Last" "History of His Life and Bloody Exploits".
Vasquez was a noted Southern Calif. bandit who terrorized the area for ... See More
March 8, 1877
THE MISSOURI REPUBLICAN, St. Louis, March 8, 1877 Page 2 includes: "Crime" "Fatal Stabbing Affray in Creek, Pike Co., Mo." "John D. Lee, the Mormon Murderer, Sentenced to be Hung" "The Perpetrator of a St. Joe Murder Discovered" and more.
Eight pages, very nice condition.
May 2, 1874
CALISTOGA FREE PRESS, Napa County, California, May 2, 1874 A quite rare title from the wine country of Northern California, still very much a beautiful and vibrant community. This is the volume 1, number 3 issue with various news items and a wealth of ads.
The city was founded by Samuel Brannan upon his arrival in San Francisco in 1846. He also published California's first English langu... See More
December 31, 1881
ARIZONA SENTINEL, Yuma, Dec. 31, 1881 Rare issue from the Old West. The front page features articles: "Climate" "A Boy's Composition on Fall" "Editorial Notes" and others. Other reports are of mining companies and interest. Other ads and news of the day within.
Complete in four pages, loose at the spine, evenly browned, measures 14 by 21 inches. Severa... See More
July 9, 1881
THE AMADOR DISPATCH, Jackson, California, July 9, 1881 Jackson was founded in 1848 around a year-round spring, settled by American pioneers and then gold-seekers upon its discovery at the foothills of the Sierra Nevada range. It was also a convenient stopping place on the road from Sacramento to the southern mines.
Among articles within are: "Attempted Assassination of the President&q... See More
April 14, 1892
HELENA WEEKLY HERALD, Montana, April 14, 1892 A very handsome masthead with several vignettes, one of which is a mining theme. The to- of the ftpg. has heads: "ON A FOREST TRAIL" "The Famous Explorer, Leiut. Schwatka, & Party Cross the Alaskan Line to British Soil" "They Meet with Indians..." and more. This is on the explorer Frederick Schwatka (see hyperlin... See More
March 29, 1879
MERCED EXPRESS, California, March 29, 1879 This city in the San Joaquin Valley of Northern California is known as the "Gateway to Yosemite" given its location close to the national park. Various news and ads of the day, many of the advertisements are illustrated.
Four pages, never bound nor trimmed, a news agent's stamp in the masthead, very nice condition.
October 24, 1894
THE BETHLEHEM TIMES, Pennsylvania, Oct. 24, 1894 The top of page 2 has column heads: "MANY OUTLAWS LOOSE" "The Cook Gang Doing Wholesale Robbery in the West" "Aquia Creek Booty Recovered" plus various subheads (see). The text takes over a full column. The great article begins: "The latest performance in the grand carnival of crime which is now holding the b... See More
June 9, 1894
THE BETHLEHEM TIMES, Pennsylvania, June 9, 1894 Page 2 has an article: "Bill Dalton Dead" "The Noted Outlaw Cornered & Shot Through the Heart". The dateline is from Ardmore, I.T. (Indian Territory, or what is now Oklahoma). The report begins: "Bill Dalton, the noted outlaw & leader of the Longview bank robbers, lies dead in this city, pierced through by a win... See More
July 28, 1883
FRANK LESLIE'S ILLUSTRATED, New York, July 28, 1883 The most notable print would be the very nice full page print captioned: "Colorado--View of the City of Denver..." which is a great overview of the city at that time.
Other prints include: "New Mexico--The Tertio-Millennial Celebration at Santa F: A Group of Indian Clowns" "The International Rifle Match at Wimb... See More
January 26, 1884
THE ARGONAUT, San Francisco, California, Jan. 26, 1884 An interesting literary journal which began in 1877, the name coming from the local term for a gold prospector. Wikipedia notes that it was one of the most important publications in California & had a great deal of political influence.
Sixteen pages, 11 by 15 1/2 inches, minimal margin wear, good condition.
June 19, 1880
THE NEW ERA OF BENICIA, Solano County, California, June 19, 1880 This town was founded in 1847 in the San Francisco Bay area and was at one time the capital of California. Various news reports of the day & a wealth of advertisements as well.
Four pages, never bound nor trimmed, very nice condition.
December 13, 1879
MISSION MIRROR, San Francisco, Dec. 13, 1879 Printed in the masthead is: "The only Paper Wholly Printed and Published at the Mission, a Locality Containing 20,000 Inhabitants." This would be the famous Mission Delores, still located on 16th St. (see photos & the hyperlink).
Page 2 has a political notice supporting: "For president in 1880, Ulysses S. Grant, of Illino... See More
January 9, 1903
THE RECORD, Moore, Oklahoma, Jan. 9, 1903 This is actually a "territorial" newspaper, as Oklahoma did not become a state until 1907, one of only 3 of the contiguous 48 to join the union in the 20th century (New Mexico & Arizona the other two).
A small folio-size newspaper of 8 pages with local & national news, and a page 2 column headed: "Territory Topics". Some ... See More
October 16, 1876
THE WHEELING INTELLIGENCER, West Virginia, Oct. 16, 1876 The top of the front page has: "Arrest of Another Supposed Northfield Bank Robber", with much on the presumed capture of Frank James, brother to Jesse James. In fact it was not him who was captured.
Four pages, bit of very light damp staining, good condition.
April 15, 1892
THE OMAHA DAILY BEE, Nebraska, April 15, 1892 The top of the front page has an interesting article headed: "ROBBED A TRAIN WITH EASE" "Three Men Hold Up an Express Seventy Miles from New Orleans" "They Didn't Have to Fire A Shot" "Glitter of Their Revolvers Induced the Engineer, Fireman and Express Messenger to Surrender Without a Struggle--Bloodhounds ... See More
May 23, 1891
GRAND VALLEY STAR, Grand Junction, Mesa County, Colorado, May 23, 1891 The masthead notes: "Devoted to the Interest of Grand Valley and the Development of Fruit Culture in Western Colorado." A nice & very rare newspaper from this town in Western Colorado. Only one institution has any holdings of this title and they hold a total of just 3 issues, none with this date.
The front ... See More
October 14, 1884
THE COLORADO MINER, Georgetown, Oct. 18, 1884 An uncommon newspaper from this famous old mining town. The ftpg. has: "The Soiled Plume" "A Tarnished Record That No Shield Will Conceal". Much on politics inside.
Four pages, large folio size, minor margin wear, good condition.
April 4, 1885
FRANK LESLIE'S ILLUSTRATED, New York, April 4, 1885 The front page haws 4 prints with the caption: "Kansas - The Proposed Invasion of Oklahoma - Scenes at the Boomers' Camp at Arkansas City" plus there is a related article on an inside page. Inside also have a one-third pg. print: "Indian Territory - The Proposed Invasion of Oklahoma - General Hatch's U.S. Cavalry ... See More
December 11, 1891
THE EDGEWOOD SUN, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 1891 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 years. Nice condition.
July 16, 1881
ST. LOUIS GLOBE-DEMOCRAT, July 18, 1881
* Outlaw Jesse James-Younger gang
* Rock Island railroad train robbery
* Winston, Daviess County, Missouri
The top of page 4 has nice column heads on the famous Rock Island Railroad train robbery, one of the works by Jesse James and his gang. Heads: "AT IT AGAIN" "Missouri Disgraced by Another Train Robbery" "Winston, o... See More
November 13, 1871
OAKLAND DAILY TRANSCRIPT, California, November 13, 1871
* Rare Old West title
* Within 20 years of its incorporation
* Within 20 years of its incorporation
This 4 page newspaper has news of the day with several interesting advertisements. With newspapers West of the Mississippi being very rare prior to 1900, here is an opportunity to get a issue from the old West back when cowboys, Indians, saloons, gold miners & gunfigh... See More
January 4, 1873
PLUMAS COUNTY BULLETIN, Quincy, Plumas County, California, Dec. 24, 1891
* Rare title
Quincy is a town of less than 2000. It started as a Gold Rush community just outside of Elizabethtown in Northern California. Elizabethtown started in 1852 and slowly dissolved and moved a mile away into American Valley to form Quincy after 1858. Quincy is named after the city of Quincy, Illinois, nam... See More
January 8, 1876
THE ANTIOCH LEDGER, Contra Costa County, California, Jan. 8, 1876
* Rare Old West title
This is one of the oldest communities in California having been founded in 1850. It is in the East Bay region of San Francisco Bay, formerly known as Smith's Landing and Marsh's Landing, in 1850 a plague infested the city and wiped out most of the population.
Most of the front page is taken... See More
November 13, 1875
WEEKLY CALAVERAS CHRONICLE, Mokelumne Hill, California, June 25, 1870
* Rare Old West title
* Gold mining
An early issue from this county made famous by Mark Twain. Mokelumne Hill was one of the richest gold mining towns in California. Founded in 1848, the placers were so rich that the miners risked starvation rather than head to Stockton to replenish their supplies. Soon after, gold ... See More
November 6, 1893
THE OMAHA DAILY BEE, Nebraska, Nov. 6, 1893 The top of the front page has nice column heads on the Olyphant Train Robbery, the work of the Dalton Gang. "TRAIN ROBBERS SURROUNDED" "Iron Mountain Bandits Being Hotly Pursued in Arkansas" "Bloodhounds Close On The Outlaws" "Several Skirmishes Engaged In Between the Officers &the Gang...". See the hyper... See More
August 4, 1883
ST. LOUIS GLOBE-DEMOCRAT, Aug. 4, 1883 This was certainly one of the best newspapers at reporting now iconic events of the Old West, this issue including; "Through The Trap--Henry Lee, A Virginia Murderer, Executed at Richmond--The Doomed Man Goes to His Death Stolidly" "Shot Dead by a Gambler" "A Texas Cowboy on a Drunken Frolic at Hallettsville" "Cattle T... See More
September 11, 1876
THE WHEELING INTELLIGENCER, West Virginia, Sept. 11, 1876 The front page has: "The Northfield Robbers" which is the latest news on chasing after the James-Younger Gang, perpetrators of the famous Northfield Bank robbery 4 day previous (see hyperlink). It notes in part: "...Squads of men have been sent...to head them off...light haired man wounded at Northfield is undoubtedly F... See More
January 8, 1869
SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, California, January 8, 1869
* Wild Old West
* Rare title
This 4 page newspaper has news of the day with several interesting advertisements.
With newspapers West of the Mississippi being very rare prior to 1900, here is an opportunity to get a issue from the old West back when cowboys, Indians, saloons, gold miners & gunfights were often seen on a reg... See More
September 11, 1875
ARIZONA CITIZEN, Tucson, Arizona Territory, Sept. 11, 1875
* Very rare old West title
Many years ago we had a reasonable inventory of this title, but today this issue--from this early date--is among our last.
A nice assortment of news articles and ads including: "Troops on Our Southern Border" "The Sonora Revolution" "Local Mining Affairs" and more. Over ... See More
September 9, 1891
PLUMAS COUNTY BULLETIN, Greenville, California, Sept. 9, 1891
* Rare Old West title
Rare title from this very small town in Northern Calif. with a current population of 1129. Filled with interesting, local news tidbits plus other content as well.
Four pages, never bound nor trimmed, blue pencil marks & a news agent's stamp in an upper corner, good condition.... See More
Item #630991TRANS-CONTINENTAL -- a complete reprint collection of all 12 issues of this fascinating newspaper.
The newspaper titled "Trans-Continental" was a stroke of historical genius in the mind of its editor, W. R. Steele. On May 24, 1870 over 130 passengers boarded a beautiful eight car Pullman train built under special orders of George M. Pullman specifically for this trip, the first chartere... See More
June 2, 1899
THE BETHLEHEM TIMES, Pennsylvania, June 2, 1899
* Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid
* Wilcox train robbery
Page 2 has a report of the famous Wilcox train robbery by the Hole-In-The-Wall Gang headed: "Train Held Up" "The Express Car Wrecked by Dynamite & the Safe Robbed" with some nice detail (see). Was this event the inspiration for ... See More
May 6, 1882
TRUCKEE REPUBLICAN (Semi-Weekly), California, May 6, 1882
* Wild Old West
* Uncommon title
* re. Jesse James death
From this town at the "elbow" of California near the Nevada border at an elevation of 5800 ft. Historically well known for the Donner Party tragedy which happened nearby in 1846.
Complete in four pages, various news & illus. ads of the day, minor irregular... See More
September 6, 1894
THE POND CREEK TRIBUNE, O.T. [Oklahoma Territory], September 6, 1894
* Very rare title
All 19th century newspapers from the Oklahoma Territory are quite scarce. Oklahoma didn't join the Union until 1907. As noted in Gregory (Union List of American Newspapers) this title is held by only one institution, as the holdings of the other institution were purchased by us.
A typical newspaper of... See More
March 22, 1882
CRESTED BUTTE REPUBLICAN, Colorado, March 22, 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 ... See More
September 22, 1911
MOUNTAIN AND PLAIN, Denver, Colorado, September 22, 1911
* Rare from the Rocky Mountains in Colorado
One of the few newspapers I have seen which has a photograph in the masthead, in this case a photo of the Rocky Mountains. The front pagee is part of a continuing article: "Denver's Assets" with a photo.
A volume one issue, 16 pages, 9 by 12 inches, printed on glo... See More
October 4, 1873
BETHLEHEM DAILY TIMES, Pennsylvania, October 4, 1873
* Captain Jack execution
* Lava Beds War
* Modoc Indians
The front page has a small one column heading: "Execution of the Modocs" This is the report of the hanging of Captain Jack, leader of the Modoc Indians, and others for their involvement in the Modoc War. See image for text here.
Other news and ad... See More
October 7, 1881
DAILY EVENING HERALD, Stockton, California, Oct. 7, 1881
* Outlaw Jesse James gang
* Blue Cut train robbery
* Near Glendale, Missouri
The front page has at the top of the last column: "Jesse James's Gang" "One of Them Tells How the Glendale Train Robbery Was Managed". This was one of their more infamous robberies (see hyperlink for more). The article takes ove... See More
March 29, 1899
THE GLOBE, South Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, March 29, 1899 Page 2 has a report: "Telegraphing Without Wires" which reports one of Marconi's early, successful experiments in radio transmission with a message sent across the English Channel (see). Pg. 2 also has; "OUTLAW'S CONFESSION" "May Save Two Innocents Serving Life Sentences For Murder" "An Organi... See More
July 8, 1890
THE COLDWATER REPUBLICAN (Semi-Weekly), Coldwater, Michigan, July 8, 1890 Page three has a small, almost discreet report "The United States now comprises 43 states, Idaho being admitted by Congress and the President signing the bill on Thursday last."
Other news, stories from the area and advertisements are within.
Complete in four pages, nice condition.
July 10, 1890
THE WORLD, New York City, July 10, 1890 Page three heading "Congress Day By Day" reports "Fixing the Wyoming Bill." "The presiding officer of the Senate (Mr. Ingalls) having signed the bill to admit Wyoming it went to the President to-day. He thereupon referred it to the Attorney-General to ascertain if there were any legal objections to its approval."
Complete... See More
March 4, 1875
THE NEW YORK TIMES, March 4, 1875 The front page carries a report "NEW-MEXICO AND COLORADO." "In the House to-day... a resolution was presented to suspend the rules and take up the bills providing for the admission to the Union of Colorado and New-Mexico. The bills were passed by the House at the last session... The Senate amend the bills so as to postpone the State elec... See More
September 29, 1877
ST. LOUIS GLOBE-DEMOCRAT, Sept. 29, 1877
* Union Pacific Big Springs robbery
* $20 gold pieces ($60,000) train holdup
* Old West outlaw - train robber Sam Bass
The front page has over a full column taken up with reports of the Big Springs train robbery of the Union Pacific Railroad, with heads including: "Daring Detectives" "How the Western Train Robbers Were Hunted Do... See More
September 28, 1890
THE WYOMING COMMONWEALTH, Cheyenne, Sept. 28, 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 an illustration of "Theresa A. Jenkins" who was the most prominent woman of Wy... See More
January 21, 1882
THE TIN CUP RECORD, Virginia City, Gunnison County, Colorado, January 21, 1882
* Very rare Old West title
A very rare newspaper as Gregory (Union List of American Newspapers) lists only one institution as having any issues of this title and that holding was recently purchased by us. No others are recorded in any American institution. This was also the only newspaper every published in Virgin... See More
August 12, 1880
ST. LOUIS GLOBE-DEMOCRAT, Missouri, Aug. 12, 1880
* Mormons - Mormonism - Utah
* Thomas Edison & Electricity
Page 6 begins with a lengthy article headed: "A Mormon Anniversary" "The Journey of the Saints to Utah" "Gulls, Rattlesnakes, and Deceitful Guides as Divine Interpositions--The Story of the Founding of Salt Lake City", taking over a full ... See More
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