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.

The Wild West

The term &quot;wild west&quot; conjures many things in the mind&mdash;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 <a href="http://www.rarenewspapers.com/entry/wild_west">Wild West newspapers</a> at our main Wild West page.
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621515

The notorious Jesse James in St. Louis...

Item #621515

February 28, 1880

ST. LOUIS GLOBE-DEMOCRAT, Feb. 28, 1880  Page 9 has an article headed: "Jesse James" with subheads; "The Notorious Outlaw in St. Louis--He Tells of Short Creek Camp, and How Shepherd Didn't Shoot Him". Very interesting reading (see).

Twelve pages, very nice condition.

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$52.00
621244

With a small broadside "leaflet" issue...

Item #621244

March 05, 1892

THE MERCURY, Coronado, San Diego County, California, March 5, 1892 



* Uncommon title

* Hotel del Coronado fame




A very rare newspaper from this island community in San Diego Bay, famous for the Hotel del Coronado which is its prime feature. Indeed, a pg. 2 item notes: "A visit to San Diego without seeing  the Hotel Del Coronado would be like going to Washington without seeing ... See More  

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$85.00
620976

Trial of Frank James in a Missouri newspaper...

Item #620976

August 21, 1883

ST. LOUIS GLOBE-DEMOCRAT, Aug. 21, 1883 



* Outlaw Frank James

* Jesse James gang

* Gallatin, Missouri trial




The top of the front page has column heads: "FRANK JAMES" "The Missouri Bandit Appears in Court at Gallatin" "The Trial Adjourned Until To-Morrow--Mrs. Hite on Hand--Great Interest in the Proceedings" Note that Mrs. Hite was the wife of outlaw &... See More  

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620938

Frank and Jesse James...

Item #620938

April 25, 1882

THE MISSOURI REPUBLICAN, St. Louis, April 25, 1882  Page 2 has half a column of text headed: "Frank Or A Fraud" "Brother of the Dead Bandit at Kansas City" "Sensational Stores of Frank James at St. Joe and Vicinity" "One of the Texas Train Robbers Said to Have Been Captured" " "Frank James Again" "Bagging the Train Robbers" and ... See More  

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620482

Small broadside from California...

Item #620482

August 17, 1881

ALAMEDA NEWS, California, August 17, 1881  This is a small broadside "supplement" (printed on one side only) that has a report about a meeting of the "Town Trustees", plus the weekly "Police Report" and other content. Measures 8 by 5 3/8 inches, lightly browned, nice.

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620248

Murder trial of bandit Frank James...

Item #620248

August 29, 1883

ST. LOUIS GLOBE-DEMOCRAT, Missouri, Aug. 29, 1883 



* Outlaw Frank James

* Jesse James gang

* Gallatin, Missouri trial




The top of the ftpg. has column heads: "In The Last Ditch" "A Dark Day for the Defense in the Trial at Gallatin" "Liddell's Testimony Corroborated by Unimpeachable Witnesses" "Statement of the Blacksmith Who Shod the Bandit's ... See More  

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619707

Seeking the $15,000 reward for the capture of Vasquez...

Item #619707

January 28, 1874

EVENING EXPRESS, Los Angeles, California, Jan. 28, 1874 



* Rare Old West title

* Tiburcio Vasquez




The front page has a bring article: "After The Reward" concerning hopes of earning the $15,000 reward for the capture of the noted outlaw Vasquez (see).

Four pages, never bound nor trimmed, very nice condition.... See More  

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618882

Early San Diego...

Item #618882

September 01, 1872

SAN DIEGO DAILY WORLD, California, September 1, 1872 



* Old West title



Not just an early newspaper from this famous Southern California city, but a volume one issue as well. A wealth of news of the day, both local and national, plus many advertisements as well.

Complete in four pages in very nice condition.

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617251

Sitting Bull described: a powerful savage... The telephone wars...

Item #617251

September 18, 1879

THE AMERICAN SOCIALIST, Oneida, New York, Sept. 18, 1879 A article inside has the heading, "One Thing And Another", which states in part: "Sitting Bull is a powerful savage with a massive face-- as big, say, as a ten quart pail--and with plenty of room on it for the display of deep-plowed lines of decision around the mouth". Directly above this article is another which is notew... See More  

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616770

Jefferson Davis' death... Judaica content...

Item #616770

December 11, 1889

DESERET EVENING NEWS, Salt Lake City, Utah Territory, Dec. 11, 1889 



* Jefferson Davis death

* Confederate president - Confederacy




A "territorial" newspaper from seven years before Utah would be come a state. The ftpg. has: "Jefferson Davis' Remains - Views Yesterday by Some 70,000 Persons" with various subheads (see). Other ftpg. articles include: "A Dasta... See More  

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616397

Folksy news reports from Denver...

Item #616397

January 27, 1893

PROGRESS, Denver, Valverde & Harman, Colorado, Jan. 27, 1893  A typical newspaper of the day which contains many "folksy" news items, such as "The horse hitched to the wagon of Ingtersoll & Meyer ran away last Monday & did considerable damage to the vehicle.""Our new postmistress, Miss Peters, seems to give good satisfaction to the public.&quo... See More  

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616048

Is Jesse James dead?

Item #616048

January 03, 1880

ST. LOUIS GLOBE-DEMOCRAT, Jan. 3, 1880 



* Jesse James killed ?

* Outlaw - train robber




The top of page 3 has an interesting article: "IS JESSE JAMES DEAD?" "A Certificate for His Burial Alleged to Have Been Issued" "The Mystery Almost Certain to Be Cleared Up Within the Next Few Days". He would not die until over two years later.

Twelve pages, the back le... See More  

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615649

Death of Jesse James...

Item #615649

April 04, 1882

DAILY TIMES, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, April 4, 1882



* Jesse James assassination

* Robert & Charles Ford

* St. Joseph, Missouri




The back page has a rather inconspicuous report at the bottom of the first column: "Death of the Notorious Robber Jesse James". The report, which continues at the top of the next column, reads in full: "Jesse James, the notorious robber was shot... See More  

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615312

First transcontinental excursion from coast to coast...

Item #615312
TRANS-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  

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615279

Nice article on "Mountain George"...

Item #615279

February 08, 1873

OAKLAND HOME JOURNAL, California, Feb. 8, 1873  Page 2 has an interesting article on: "Mountain George, the Hunter" who apparently was somewhat of a Grizzly Adams-type (see). A wealth of ads as well.

Four pages, never bound nor trimmed, great condition.

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615159

On Kit Carson's trusted companion...

Item #615159

May 21, 1881

THE DAILY AMERICAN, Nashville, Tennessee, May 21, 1881 



* Albert H. Pfeiffer death

* Kit Carson




Page 3 has a nice article: "Kit Carson's Companion" "A Picturesque Story of an Old Pioneer" which is actually an article on Col. Albert H. Pfeiffer who had recently died (see). See the hyperlink for much on his life and his relationship with Kit Carson.

Four pages, s... See More  

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613975

Death of Cochise, the Apache Indian chief...

Item #613975

June 15, 1874

THE NEW YORK TIMES, June 15, 1874



* Tribal Chief Cochise death (1st report)

* Chiricahua Apaches - Indians




The very bottom of the front page has a very brief report headed: "Death Of The Indian Chief Cochise" with the text reading simply: "Cochise, the famous Apache chief, died on the 9th of June." (see)

Eight pages, browned at the margins, a little margin wear, should ... See More  

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613485

Themed on hunting, sports, fire departments, etc...

Item #613485

June 08, 1867

CALIFORNIA SPIRIT OF THE TIMES, San Francisco, June 8, 1867  The masthead has a sporting them, plus in the masthead is: "A Weekly Chronicle Devoted to the Turf, Field Sports, Regattas, Hunting, Angling, Cricket...Fire Department & General News of California." The content is just that.

Four pages, never bound nor trimmed, great condition.

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612995

A mind-reader interviews Jesse James...

Item #612995

May 05, 1882

ST. LOUIS GLOBE-DEMOCRAT, May 5, 1882 



* Outlaw Jesse James



Page 8 has a very interesting article taking almost an entire column: "Brown, The Mind--reader" "He Tells of an Interview He Had with the Late Jesse James" "How He was Mistaken for a Detective & Told to Skip Out of Kansas City--His Visit to the Youngers at Stillwater & His Connection with the Ch... See More  

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612658
Item #612658

February 22, 1879

THE DEMOCRATIC STANDARD, Eureka, Humboldt County, California, February 22, 1879



* Newspaper from the Old West in Northern California



A rather scarce title from Northern California filled with various news and advertisements of the day, several of the ads being illustrated.

Never bound nor trimmed, wide margins, tears & a piece from the right margin of the front leaf affect a few insigni... See More  

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611697

Not "the" Wild Bill...

Item #611697

February 03, 1879

ST. LOUIS GLOBE-DEMOCRAT, Missouri, Feb. 3, 1879  The top of the last front page column has: "Wild Bill's Last Shot" "The Career of a Desperado Cut Short by a Bullet" "He Wounds a Gambler and Then Drops Out of Existence" is a report from Denison, Texas of: "...a desperado from the Indian Territory named William Worts, alias Jack Murray, alias Wild Bill, ... See More  

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611611

1872 San Francisco California...

Item #611611

October 19, 1872

CALIFORNIA EVENING REPUBLICAN, San Francisco, CA, May 25, 1872. 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 regular basis. Very early for California... See More  

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611588

1869 Oakland, California...

Item #611588

October 11, 1869

OAKLAND DAILY TRANSCRIPT, California, October 11, 1869 



* Rare Old West 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 regular basis.

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611435

Comments on the "Wild West" in the President's address...

Item #611435

December 07, 1881

DAILY MEMPHIS AVALANCHE, Tennessee, Dec. 7, 1881 



* President Chester A. Arthur

* State of the Union Address




Pages 2 and 3 containing the complete printing of President Chester Arthur's annual state-of-the-union address, headed: "THE MESSAGE" with other heads: "A Satisfactory Document, Especially in Length" "A Death-Like Silence About Republican Factions&qu... See More  

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611272

Very detailed account of a train robbery...

Item #611272

July 10, 1875

ST. LOUIS GLOBE-DEMOCRAT, Missouri, July 10, 1875 



* Outlaws attempt to rob train

* Ad - P. T. Barnum's "Great Roman Hippodrome" circus




The back page has 1 2/3 of a column taken up with great & detailed content concerning the train robbery at Long Point, Illinois, with heads at the top of the column: "PULL OUT!" "An Express Train on the Vandalia Road Bo... See More  

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$41.00
609855

From Southern California...

Item #609855

April 09, 1874

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIAN, Bakersfield, Kern County, California, April 9, 1874 



* Rare Old West title



A very early newspaper from this city at the southern end of the San Joaquin Valley. Various news of the day with a wealth of ads as well.

Four pages, never bound nor trimmed, wide margins, great condition.

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609854

From Southern California...

Item #609854

June 18, 1874

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIAN, Bakersfield, Kern County, California, June 18, 1874 



* Rare Old West title



A very early newspaper from this city at the southern end of the San Joaquin Valley. Various news of the day with a wealth of ads as well.

Four pages, never bound nor trimmed, great condition.

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609560

The Modoc Indian War...

Item #609560

June 08, 1873

MARYSVILLE DAILY APPEAL, California, June 8, 1873 



* Rare Old West title

* Modoc Indians war




Page 3 has a report with small column heads: "From The Modoc Country" "Timber Brought into Camp for the Scaffold--General Davis Announces His Intention of Hanging About a Dozen of the Modocs--The Warriors have no Friends" with other subheads in its four dispatches (see). Nic... See More  

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609204

Early from the wine country of California...

Item #609204
THE NAPA REGISTER, Napa City, California, 1874  Although in the heart of the wine region, for which this city is famous today, its beginnings were centered more on the California Gold Rush of 1849. This city became a refuge for miners during the first severe winter of mining & later became an important center for lumber & cattle ranches.

Various news & ads of the day, 4 pages, ne... See More  

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$42.00
606536

George A. Custer is pursuing the Cheyennes...

Item #606536

April 30, 1867

NEW YORK TIMES, April 30, 1867 



* 9 years prior to Custer's massacre



The front page has a brief article: "The War with the Indians" which mentions: "...at Fort Phil Kearny thinks the Crow Indians can be kept quiet by the presence of the large force of troops...Gen. Custer is still pursuing the Cheyennes, who have fled northward." (see).

Eight pages, the back lea... See More  

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604769

Ad for Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show...

Item #604769

August 27, 1894

NEW YORK DAILY TRIBUNE, Aug. 27, 1894  Page 9 has a nice, illustrated advertisement for "Buffalo Bill's Wild West" show with a small likeness of Buffalo Bill (see). Just above it is an ad for "Sousa's Band", being the famed John Philip Sousa.

Complete in 10 pages, lightly browned, some small margin tears, otherwise good. Should be handled with care.

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$29.00
602864

Debating Idaho statehood...

Item #602864

January 13, 1890

DESERET EVENING NEWS, Salt Lake City, Utah Territory, Jan. 13, 1890  A Mormon newspaper from 6 years before Utah statehood. Page 3 has: "Idaho's Admission" "Judge Wilson, Prest. Wm. Budge & Others Opposing It for the 'Mormons' " "Dubois Makes A Harangue Against the Church". Idaho would join the Union on July 3, 1890.

Four pages, large folio size,... See More  

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602863

Debating Idaho statehood...

Item #602863

January 13, 1890

DESERET EVENING NEWS, Salt Lake City, Utah Territory, Jan. 13, 1890  A Mormon newspaper from 6 years before Utah statehood. Page 3 has: "Idaho's Admission" "Judge Wilson, Prest. Wm. Budge & Others Opposing It for the 'Mormons' " "Dubois Makes A Harangue Against the Church". Idaho would join the Union on July 3, 1890.

Four pages, large folio size,... See More  

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$28.00
602471

The Modoc Indian War...

Item #602471

April 30, 1873

NEW YORK TIMES, April 30, 1873  The top of the first column has: "THE MODOCS" "Another Encounter in the Lava Beds--A Detachment Ambushed by Indians--23 Killed and 18 Wounded". This coverage takes over 2 columns.

Twelve pages, minor spine wear to the back leaf, nice condition.

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602400

Jesse James & Younger brothers Gad's Hill train robbery...

Item #602400

February 02, 1874

EVANSVILLE DAILY JOURNAL, Indiana, Feb. 2, 1874 



* Jesse James gang

* Train robbery




The top of the front page has a very nice account of the Gad's Hill train robbery, done by the James-Younger gang, although their identity was not know at the time of this report. The head reads: "The Train Robbery" with subhead: "Further Particulars of the Crime--The Daring Actions o... See More  

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$67.00
601512

From the American Riviera...

Item #601512

June 04, 1883

DAILY INDEPENDENT, Santa Barbara, California, June 4, 1883  



* Rare Old West title



A volume one issue from this famous West Coast city, known as the "American Riviera". Various news reports and a great wealth of advertisements, many of which are illustrated.

Four pages, lightly toned, small binding holes at the blank spine margin.... See More  

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$57.00
600767

Capture of Chief Joseph, Nez Perce War ends...

Item #600767

October 10, 1877

THE NEW YORK TRIBUNE, October 10, 1877 



* Nez Perce War ends

* Battle of Bear Paw - Snake Creek

* Chief Joseph surrenders




The Front page has small one column headings: "The Fight With The Nez Perces", "Conclusion Of General Terry's Dispatch--Reported Capture and Release Of Joseph" This report in fact was true.

Other news of the day. Complete in eight pages, mi... See More  

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600254

Modoc Indian War...

Item #600254

January 22, 1873

THE NEW YORK TIMES, January 22, 1873 



* Modoc War - California Indians

* Lava Beds - Captain Jack fame




The front page has small one column headings: "Indian Affairs" "The Battle With the Modocs--A Petition from Arizona" See images for text here.

Other news of the day. Complete in 8 pages, nice condition.

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$23.00
599749

From the Utah Territory...

Item #599749

January 11, 1890

DESERET EVENING NEWS, Salt Lake City, Utah Territory, Jan. 11, 1890  The front page has: "Colored Children" "Trouble in Illinois Over their Admission to the Public Schools" "He Was Shunned". Much of page 2 is taken up with: "Remarks of Apostle Heber J. Grant" and so much more.

Complete in 6 pages, large folio size, never bound nor trimmed, various tear... See More  

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$35.00
599684

Once known as Yolo City...

Item #599684

May 09, 1886

WOODLAND DAILY DEMOCRAT, Yolo County, California, May 9, 1886  Formerly known as Yolo City, Woodland lies 15 miles northwest of Sacramento. Various news of the day and a wealth of Western-style advertisements.

Four pages, never bound nor trimmed, some minor margin tears, nice condition.

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$38.00
599682

From the San Francisco Bay region...

Item #599682

January 13, 1877

THE WEEKLY ANTIOCH LEDGER, Contra Costa County, California, Jan. 13, 1877 



* 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 Marshs Landing, in 1850 a plague infested the city and wiped out most of the population.

A broad range of content wit... See More  

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$59.00
598774

Old West newspaper from Salt Lake City, Utah...

Item #598774

February 22, 1871

THE SALT LAKE HERALD, Salt Lake City, Utah Territory, February 22, 1871



* Uncommon 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 o... See More  

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598580

From Northern California...

Item #598580

October 10, 1874

THE PEOPLE'S CAUSE, Red Bluff, Tehama County, California, Oct. 10, 1874 



* Rare Old west title



This is from 2 years before the city would be incorporated. Located in Northern California, there is much news of the day both local & national.

Complete in 8 pages, never bound nor trimmed, various tears at margins otherwise good.

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598463

The Modoc Indian War...

Item #598463

January 21, 1873

ROCHESTER DEMOCRAT & CHRONICLE, New York, Jan. 21, 1873  The top of the first column has a nice stack of headlines, many concerning the Modoc Indian War, including: "DESPERATE BATTLE" "With the Modoc Indians" "Ten Hours of Conflict with a Concealed Foe" "Defeat of the Troops" "Outnumbered, Five to One" plus heads on other events of the day... See More  

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598220

From a small mining town (Jackson) in Northern California...

Item #598220

April 22, 1871

AMADOR DISPATCH, Jackson, California, April 22, 1871 



* Rare "Old West" title

* Home of was the deepest gold mine in North America (as of the end of WWII)




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 co... See More  

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$45.00
597888

Immorality in San Antonio, Texas...

Item #597888

January 04, 1890

DESERET EVENING NEWS, Salt Lake City, Utah Territory, Jan. 4, 1890  From six years before Utah would become a state. Inside has: "The Idaho Test Oath Case" which takes most of the page. Also: "And What Next? "Immorality Sanctioned by City Ordinance at San Antonio, Texas" "One Woman Sues Another for Having Alienated Her Husband's Affections" and other ite... See More  

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597498

Death of financier Jay Gould...

Item #597498

December 06, 1892

DESERET SEMI-WEEKLY NEWS, Salt Lake City, Utah, Dec. 6, 1892  The top of the last column on the front page note: "JAY GOULD DEAD" "That is the Startling Announcement Today" "Her Dies of Consumption" "What Was Known of the Patient's Condition Last Night" and a bit more (see). The report takes two-thirds of the column.

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$47.00
597490

Ukiah, California...

Item #597490

February 25, 1881

UKIAH CITY PRESS, Mendocino County, California, Feb. 25, 1881 



* Rare Old West title



From Northern California & the largest city in Mendocino County. Various news of the day both local & national, with a wealth of local advertising as well.

Four pages, never bound nor trimmed, nice condition.

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$43.00
597185

From Utah before statehood....

Item #597185

January 11, 1890

DESERET EVENING NEWS, Salt Lake City, Utah Territory, Jan. 11, 1890  From 6 years before Utah would become a state. Various news of the day & a great wealth of ads, many of which are illustrated.

Four pages, some browning at folds, some archival mends at the margins of folds, generally nice condition.

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$28.00
597057

Idaho to soon join the Union...

Item #597057

January 15, 1890

DESERET EVENING NEWS, Utah Territory, Jan. 15, 1890  The front page has "Idaho's Admission" "The Adjourned Hearing Before the Senate Committee" which discusses the proposal of admitting Idaho to the Union, which happened on July 3 of 1890.

Four pages, large folio size, minor perforation at an upper fold with some foxing here, otherwise good.

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$24.00
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