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Early & very nice newspaper from San Diego...

Item #671513

September 21, 1871

SAN DIEGO DAILY UNION, California, Sept. 21, 1871 

* Rare & early from Southern California

Very early from San Diego--a volume 2 issue--when the population was just 2300, with a nice engraving of the harbor in the masthead.  All four pages have various news tidbits of the day, including local, regional, and national reports. A great wealth of advertisements as well, several of ... See More  

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The first newspaper published in Modesto, California...

Item #671182

February 04, 1881

STANISLAUS COUNTY WEEKLY NEWS, Modesto, California, Feb. 4, 1881 

* Rare Old West publication

An early newspaper from this city in North-central California which when it began in 1868 was the first newspaper in Modesto. In 1881 the population of the town was less than 1000.

Various news events of the day, local, regional and national, with a wealth of advertising.

Most of the ftpg. is... See More  

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Short-lived labor newspaper with an article by Karl Marx's daughter...

Item #670757

March 22, 1884

TRUTH, San Francisco, California, March 22, 1884 

* Rare publication

During its brief life (1882-1884), "Truth" published local, national, and international labor news, along with a wide range of radical literature.

Page 3 has an article concerning Charles Delescluze, a French revolutionary leader, journalist, and military commander of the Paris Commune. It is signed in ... See More  

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Great Tombstone newspaper printed ten days before the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral...

Item #670755

October 16, 1881

THE TOMBSTONE EPITAPH, Cochise County, Arizona, October 16, 1881

* Best Old West title to be had

* Pre Gunfight at the O.K. Corral

Few could argue for a more recognizable title from the Old West, nor could any town be more linked to the romance of the West than this one. Tombstone is steeped in Western lore, and the several movies done concerning the gunfight at the O.K. Corral have kept th... See More  

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Early newspaper from 1873 Los Angeles...

Item #670570

August 13, 1873

EVENING EXPRESS, Los Angeles, California, August 13, 1873 

* Rare Old West title

* Many advertisements

* 19th century era original

A very early newspaper from this now-famous city on the West Coast. News of the day and a wealth of ads.

Four pages, never bound, period writing: "Mechanics Institute" above the masthead (see), nice condition.... See More  

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Very early from San Diego, and with good content...

Item #670489

October 12, 1871

SAN DIEGO DAILY UNION, California, Oct. 12, 1871 

* Rare & early from Southern California

Not jusst a very early newspaper from San Diego (a vol. 2 issue) but with nice content as well, as the front page has column-wide heads: "CHICAGO" "The Latest News--Extent of the Burnt District--The Entire Northern Division Swept Clean--The People Camped on the Prairie".

In... See More  

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Progress on the transcontinental railroad... Issues with the Sioux Indians...

Item #669918

April 26, 1867

CONCORD DAILY MONITOR, New Hampshire, April 26, 1867   Page 3 has: "Pacific Railroad--Indian Council" which reports on the progress of this historic transcontinental railroad project. Also that: "...from Gen. Sully, dated Fort Sedgwick...states he has ha a satisfactory council with the Ogallalla and Brute bands of the Sioux Indians..." with another report with details... See More  

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An impending Indian attack upon Fort Benton...

Item #669916

April 27, 1867

CONCORD DAILY MONITOR, New Hampshire, April 27, 1867   Page 3 has a report: "Indian War" which has news from Montana noting in part: "...large bodies of Crow, Black Feet and Sioux Indians massing in the vicinity of Fort Benton...that an attack upon the fort was intended..." with other details.

Four pages, nice condition.

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1869 Alexander von Humboldt life celebration...

Item #669109

September 15, 1869

THE NEW YORK HERALD, Sept.15, 1869

* Alexander von Humboldt birth anniversary

* Prussian polymath, naturalist, explorer, science

* Central Park bust monument dedication

The top of page 3 has one column headings that include: "HUMBOLDT" "Celebration of the Centennial Anniversary of the Birth of the Great Philosopher" "Imposing Tribute To Genius" "Unveilin... See More  

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1869 Rosh Hashanah - Jewish New Year...

Item #669107

September 05, 1869

THE NEW YORK HERALD, Sept. 5, 1869

* Rosh Hashanah - High Holy Days

* Jewish New Year - Jews - Judaica

Page 8 has an article headed: "Rosh-Hoshono" "Opening of the Festive Season of the Jews..." (see)

Other news of the day. Complete with all 12 pages in nice condition.... See More  

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Rare Jack Helm, Old West gunfighter mention......

Item #669106

September 02, 1869

THE NEW YORK HERALD, Sept. 2, 1869

* Jack Helm, lawman, cowboy, gunfighter

* Sutton-Taylor feud - Dewitt County, Texas fame

Page 7 has a small and somewhat inconspicuous report headed: "Texas" "Fight Between Outlaws and Troops Near San Patricio" (see)

Other news of the day. Complete with all 12 pages in nice condition.... See More  

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From rough & tumble Deadwood, Dakota Territory...

Item #668707

June 20, 1882

BLACK HILLS DAILY PIONEER, Deadwood City, Black Hills, Nov. 24, 1878 

* Very rare & desired publication

* Famous wild West town

* "Wild Bill" Hickok fame

This city would arguably be--along with Tombstone & Dodge City--one of the more famous of all the towns from the rough & tumble days of the Old West, and only rarely do such issues come to light.

This issue is ... See More  

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From Brenham, Texas, bluebonnet country...

Item #668705

July 29, 1881

BRENHAM DAILY BANNER, Texas, July 29, 1881 

* Very rare Southwestern publication

The first of this title we have located. Gregory's "Union List of Newspapers" notes only 1 of 5 institutions have  holding from the19th century.

This city in East central Texas has a population under 16,000 today. A typical Western newspaper of the day with news & many Western-style ... See More  

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Shot in a saloon fight... Murdered & robbed...

Item #668432

October 18, 1884


* Old Western style gunfight at a saloon

This title always had a wealth of typically Western-themed reports as well as ads.

Page 3 begins with: "Criminal Calendar" "Two Men Fatally Shot in a Saloon Fight at Bois D'Arc, Mo." "The LaCrosse Tragedy--Killed by Cowboys--A Missing Bank Cashier--The Daily Record" "... See More  

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Stories from three years as a cowboy...

Item #668429

September 19, 1884

ST. LOUIS GLOBE-DEMOCRAT, Sept. 19, 1884  This title always had a wealth of typically Western-themed reports as well as ads.

The top of page 4 has: "Three Years A Cowboy" "The Romantic Career of a Pittsburgher in the Southwest" which is a three-quarter column with a wealth of fine reading.

Twelve pages, very nice condition.

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Billy the Kid, Pat Garett, Virgil & Wyatt Earp, Frank Stilwell, Johnny Behan...

Item #668423

August 10, 1881

THE TOMBSTONE EPITAPH, Arizona, August 10, 1881 

* Best Old West title to be had

* Pre Gunfight at the O.K. Corral

Few could argue for a more recognizable title from the Old West, nor could any town be more linked to the romance of the West than this one. Tombstone is steeped in Western lore, and the several movies done concerning the gunfight at the O.K. Corral have kept this town in ... See More  

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A eulogy-like article on the Custer massacre...

Item #668315

July 21, 1876


* re. Custer's Massacre

* Brigham Young - Mormons

Page 3 has a column headed: "Custar's Attack on the Sioux" which reads much like a eulogy.

Bits include: "on the banks of the Little Big Horn...sleep to-day the flower of the American army...Custar [sic] in his brave but disastrous charge..." wi... See More  

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A massacre of Indians...

Item #668195

August 18, 1849

DAILY NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., Aug. 18, 1849 

* California genocide beginning ?

Page 3 has a detailed account headed: "Massacre Of Indians" prefaced with: " the following account of the Indian difficulties at the California 'Placers'." What follows are 3 reports of the action.

Further on is a report: "From Santa Fe".

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Rare title from Sundance, Wyoming...

Item #668045

October 07, 1892

THE SUNDANCE GAZETTE, Wyoming, Oct. 7, 1892 

* Very rare Old West publication

We were fortunate to fine just three issues of this quite rare newspaper from the Northeast corner of Wyoming. The first we have seen. The first we have seen. Gregory's "Union List of American Newspapers" notes only one institution has this title, it having just a single issue from 1884.

By the ... See More  

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A rare title from the Dakota Territory...

Item #668031

April 02, 1884

THE INTER STATE, Gary, Dakota, April 2, 1884 

* Very rare publication

* Deuel County, South Dakota

A very rare territorial newspaper from that is present-day South Dakota, five years before statehood. They refer to themselves as the "Gate City of Dakota" as it is situated at the eastern border of the Territory, very close to Minnesota. At the 2010 census the population of Gar... See More  

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Early and rare newspaper from 1871 Tucson...

Item #667173

October 28, 1871

ARIZONA CITIZEN, Tucson, Pima County, A.T. (Arizona Territory), October 28, 1871

* Very rare title

A very early & rare title from Southern Arizona, published 41 years before Arizona would become a state. Our records indicate this is the earliest date of this title we have offered in memory, the previous earliest dated 1874.

Inside has: "The Apache War" "Colyer's Canad... See More  

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Execution of noted outlaw Tiburcio Vasquez...

Item #666831

March 20, 1875

ST. LOUIS DAILY GLOBE, March 20, 1875  

* Tiburcio Vasquez execution death (1st report)

* Los Angeles, California outlaw bandit

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 Blood... See More  

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From Alhambra, California...

Item #666576

April 25, 1890

ALHAMBRA REVIEW, California, April 25, 1890 

* Very rare publication

This is the volume 1, number 24 issue of this scarce title from Los Angeles County. According to Gregory it only lasted about a year.

A four page issue of tabloid size mostly taken up with local tidbits and a wealth of advertisements. Minor fold wear, good condition.

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Criminal career of Texas outlaw Sam Bass comes to an end...

Item #666450

July 21, 1878

ST. LOUIS GLOBE-DEMOCRAT, Missouri, July 21, 1878 

* Death of Sam Bass (1ST REPORT)

* American train robber & outlaw

The top of the front page has column heads: "THE JIG IS UP" "Sam Bass and His Gang Come to Grief" "A Running Fight With the Texas Desperadoes" "Their Attempt to Rob to Bank at Round Rock" "Barnes Shot Dead & His Chief ... See More  

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Very rare Territorial title...

Item #666433

May 26, 1899

THE BLAND HERALD, Bland, New Mexico, May 26, 1899 

* Very rare Territory issue

* Ghost town

It is extremely rare to find 19th century New Mexico newspapers, and this issue is 13 years before statehood. A very rare from this small mining town with front page item: "Latest Mining News--Information Regarding Mining and Milling Operations in the Cochiti--The Golden Cochiti--Mining Ite... See More  

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Rare title from the far north of California...

Item #666324

December 13, 1879

SHASTA COUNTRY RECORD, Millville, California, Dec. 13, 1879 

* Rare Old West publication

A quite rare title from this small town in the far north of California. Various news of the day both local & regional, with a great wealth of ads.

Four pages, never bound nor trimmed, minor tears at margins, good condition.... See More  

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Early and rare newspaper from Tucson...

Item #666229

October 17, 1874

ARIZONA CITIZEN, Tucson, Pima County, A.T. (Arizona Territory), October 17, 1874 

* Very rare publication

A very early & rare title from Southern Arizona, and by best accounts this is our very last issue of this title, published 38 years before Arizona would become a state.

The front page is taken up with a mix of news items and advertisements, with page 2 having: "James E. Ro... See More  

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Newspaper from the ghost town of Crystal, Colorado...

Item #665949

November 10, 1888

CRYSTAL RIVER CURRENT, Crystal, Colorado, Nov. 10, 1888 

* Very rare Colorado ghost town publication

* Abandoned mining camp town

A rare newspaper from a bonafide ghost town.

Crystal was a mining camp established in 1881 & after several decades of robust existence, was all but abandoned by1917. Many buildings still stand in Crystal, but its few residents live there only in the sum... See More  

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The rare "steamer edition" of an early California newspaper...

Item #665945

October 06, 1856

SAN FRANCISCO HERALD, California, Oct. 6, 1856  A very rare & early newspaper from California as this is the "San Francisco Herald For The Steamer" as noted at the top of pages 2-8, more commonly known as the "steamer edition". Such editions are much more rare than the "regular" editions.

Note that the masthead specifies what the market is for this edition: ... See More  

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Nice report on the transcontinental railroad... Celebrations at Promontory Point, Utah...

Item #665883

May 12, 1869

NEW YORK HERALD, May 12, 1869 

* Completing the Transcontinental railroad

* Last spike driven at Promontory Point

Page 7 has very nice reporting on the historic joining of the Central Pacific and Union Pacific Railroads at Promontory Point, Utah, with the ceremonies of the driving in of the final, golden spike signifying the completion of joining the East & West. 

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From Arroyo Grande, California...

Item #665744

November 17, 1888

ARROYO GRANDE HERALD, San Luis Obispo County, California, Nov. 17, 1888 

* Rare Old West publication

This is the first newspaper we have found from Arroyo Grande, in fact it is the only 19th century newspaper to publish in the town. This is the vol. 2, number 5 issue. Records indicate that only the Bancroft Library at Berkley has any holdings of this title.

Four pages with typical news... See More  

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A Colorado newspaper printed eleven years before statehood...

Item #665726

September 15, 1865

THE DAILY DENVER GAZETTE, Colorado, Sept. 15, 1865 

* Very rare & early territory publication

* Post Civil War reconstruction era

This is actually a territorial newspaper as Colorado did not become a state until 1876, eleven years after this issue was published. And this is a volume one issue.

Outside of several issues of the Rocky Mountain News we have offered--which was Colorado... See More  

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Creating the Territory of California...

Item #665457

December 08, 1846

DAILY NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., Dec. 8, 1846  Page 2 has a very early report: "From California" which is quite historic on the creation of the state of California: "The Proclamation of Commodore Stockton, the governor of California" in which he makes the very significant statement: " hereby make known to all men that, having by right of conquest t... See More  

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Polygamy on trial...

Item #665136

October 13, 1871

SALT LAKE DAILY TRIBUNE & UTAH MINING GAZETTE, U.T. (Utah Territory), Oct. 13, 1871 

* Brigham Young - Mormons leader

* Polygamy - adultery trial

Page 2 has a notable article: "Polygamy On Trial" "Territory of Utah...The People of the U.S. in the Territory of Utah vs. Brigham Young, Sr..." "Opinion of Chief Justice McKean".

This report takes over a fu... See More  

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Short-lived labor newspaper with much on the Paris Commune...

Item #664773

March 15, 1884

TRUTH, San Francisco, California, March 15, 1884 

* Rare publication

During its brief life (1882-1884), "Truth" published local, national, and international labor news, along with a wide range of radical literature.

The ftpg. has a print of: "Delescluse - The Tancred of the Commune" being the famous Paris Commune. The balance of the ftpg. is concerning the Commune, ... See More  

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1872 Portland, Oregon.....

Item #664771

January 10, 1879

MORNING OREGONIAN, Portland, Jan. 10, 1879

* Rare title 

* Old West era

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... See More  

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Jesse James & the Rock Island Railroad train robbery...

Item #664685

July 17, 1881

NEW YORK TIMES, July 17, 1881 

* Outlaw Jesse James-Younger gang

* Rock Island railroad train robbery

Page 2 contains one of the better reports we have seen of the infamous Rock Island Railroad train robbery by Jesse James and his gang. While most reports are little more than a paragraph or two, this report takes two-thirds of a column and includes several accounts and much detail--pho... See More  

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One of the earliest San Diego newspapers to be found...

Item #664677

August 10, 1872

THE WEEKLY WORLD, San Diego, California, Aug. 10, 1872 

* Very rare from Southern California

This is the volume one, number three issue of this title, making it one of the earliest newspapers from San Diego we have offered.

Page 2 has an ad supporting: "For President, Horace Greeley..." (see). Various articles are headed: "Arizona City" "Indians Love Music"... See More  

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From Territorial Arizona...

Item #664666

December 07, 1889

MOHAVE COUNTY MINER, Kingman, Arizona, Dec. 7, 1889 

* Very rare title from the Arizona Territory

A very rare and early newspaper from the Arizona Territory, 23 years before it would become a state. Various news of the day with a great deal of fascinating, brief tidbits which provide a glimpse of life in the Old West during the 1880's A wealth of ads as well, some of which are illus... See More  

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Very rare title... Early scenes from the Old West...

Item #664627

September 17, 1881

THE GREAT WEST, Denver, Colorado, Sept. 17, 1881 

* Very rare Old West title

Certainly a great name for a newspaper from the Old West. The front page has a: "View of Main Street, Gunnison City" which would have to be one of the earliest prints of the town to be found in any periodical. Other prints on the ftpg. are: "Parlin's" being a ranch; and "A Western G... See More  

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Rare and very early from the "Alaska Territory"...

Item #664597

July 17, 1886

THE ALASKAN, Sitka, Alaska Territory, July 17, 1886 

* Very rare Alaska Territorial issue

Rarely are newspapers from Alaska found from before the Klondike Gold Rush of 1897 when interest grew dramatically. This newspaper pre-dates the gold rush by over ten years. This is the volume one, number 37 issue of this title.

The format of the newspaper is much like other newspapers of the day,... See More  

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Trouble with Apache Indians...

Item #664423

November 21, 1885

MORNING TRIBUNE, Altoona, Pennsylvania, Nov. 21, 1885  The top of the ftpg. has a column headed: "THE APACHE WAY" "A Cattle Raiser Delivers Himself of His Grievances" "He Tells of How the Bad Indians Murder the Settlers, Steal the Horses & Destroy Property--The Soldiers Too Slow to Catch Them", all taking three-quarters of a column.

Four pages, good conditio... See More  

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Very scarce newspaper from Central Colorado...

Item #664249

December 29, 1883

THE SUN, Gunnison, Colorado, Dec. 29, 1883  This would seem to be an unrecorded title as Union List of Serials notes a "Sun" newspaper beginning in Sept., 1893 and lasting just one year. But I suspect the listing is in error and should have noted an n1883 beginning as this is the vol. 1 number 14 issue. In any case very rare as only one institution has any issues of this title recor... See More  

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Early from Stockton, California...

Item #664217

September 12, 1878

DAILY EVENING HERALD, Stockton, California, Sept. 12, 1878 

* Wild Old West

* Rare title

A wide range of content including a ftpg. item: "He Killed it in Self-Defense" and pg. 3: "Sierra Nevada - A Calm Survey of the Present Situation".

Four pages, very nice, clean condition.... See More  

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From the Arizona Territory...

Item #664216

June 19, 1875

ARIZONA CITIZEN, Tucson, Arizona Territory, June 19, 1875 

* Very rare title

Many years ago we had a reasonable inventory of this title, but today this issue is among our last.

A nice assortment of news articles and ads including: "Letter From Col. Hodge" datelined at Camp Grant; "Mining Summary" "The Tucson Public Schools" "Telegraphic News" and... See More  

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Early Arizona newspaper...

Item #664203

July 09, 1887

PRESCOTT MORNING COURIER, Arizona (Territory), July 9, 1887 

* Very rare title

* Wild Old West

From 25 years before Arizona would become a state. Articles include: "The Opium Habit" "Lynching in Oregon" "Two Men Killed by Caving Earth" and more.

Four pages, never bound nor trimmed, new agent's stamp in the masthead, tape at the inside spine, good cond... See More  

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Truckee, California, near Lake Tahoe...

Item #664157

January 30, 1875

TRUCKEE REPUBLICAN, California, Jan. 30, 1875 

* Wild Old West 

* Rare publication

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.

Four pages, some ink stains, never bound nor trimmed, good condition.... See More  

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From Eureka, California...

Item #664130

December 17, 1873

THE WEST COAST SIGNAL, Eureka, California, Dec. 17, 1873 

* Rare Old West title

From this town in Northern California just south of the Oregon border. It was once a lumbering town & today the entire city is a state historic landmark with its many Victorian homes, etc.

A typical newspaper of the day with varied news reports & a great wealth of advertisements.

Four pages, somewh... See More  

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Very early from San Diego...

Item #663807

June 03, 1873

THE WORLD, San Diego, California, June 3, 1873 

* Rare Old West title

A very early issue from this now-famous Southern California city, this issue published when the population was just 2,300.

The ftpg. has some reports on the Modoc Indian War with: "...Surrender of Modocs--Approaching Wind up of Captain Jack". Page 3 has a report on a: "Dash To Julian", east of San... See More  

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News from Northern California...

Item #663805

September 11, 1878

DAILY EVENING HERALD, Stockton, California, Sept. 11, 1878 

* Rare Old West title

* Yellow fever epidemic

The ftpg. and pg. 3 have reports concerning the Memphis Yellow Fever Epidemic.  An interesting ftpg. report: "A Kentucky Bear--Mr. Wilson's Struggle for Life With a Bear in Rowan County".

Four pages, very nice condition.... See More  

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