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From Tincup, Colorado... Jesse James killed...



Item # 639095

April 8, 1882

GARFIELD BANNER, Tin Cup, Gunnison County, Colorado, April 8, 1882  A very rare title as Gregory (Union List of American Newspapers) notes only one institution as having just a single issue of this title. The holdings of the only other institution with any issues were recently purchased by us.
In October 1859, prospector Jim Taylor panned some gold from Willow Creek, and carried it back to camp in a tin cup; he named the valley “Tin Cup Gulch.”. For years the area was the site of seasonal placer mining, but no year-round communities were established, partly because of the danger of Indian attack.
In 1878, lode deposits were discovered and the town of Virginia City was laid out in March 1879. By the 1880 census, the town had a population of 1,495. Confusion with Virginia City, Nevada, and Virginia City, Montana, caused the residents to change the name. The town was reincorporated in July 1882 as Tin Cup.
Early Tin Cup was a violent place. Town marshal Harry Rivers died in a gunfight in 1882, and marshal Andy Jameson was shot to death in 1883. Tincup is now a community of summer homes with a few year-round residents. Many historic buildings are still in use & the town shows up on some lists of ghost towns. The Boot Hill Cemetery is located just south of the town.
This is the volume 1 number 31 issue, having begun just a few weeks before the death of President Garfield, hence the title & his portrait in the masthead (see).
Additional to all this fascinating information, the front page has a short but interesting article reading: "Jesse James has been killed again. This time a member of the gang named Bob Ford, a cousin of Jesse, is the man who killed him. Ford had been with Jesse about a week seeking an opportunity to kill him & finally shot him in the back of the head, the ball coming out over his left eye." One wonders why the first "killing" didn't take.
Four pages, archivally rejoined at the spine, nice condition.

Category: Post-Civil War

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