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Title UPA A Century Later
Subject Newspapers; Newspaper publishing; Journalism
Creator Utah Press Association
Publisher Utah Press Association
Contributors Cornwell, J. M.
Date 1996
Type Text
Format image/jpeg
Identifier PN4844.U8 U8 1996
Source Original Book: UPN A Century Later
Language eng
Rights Management Digital image copyright 2005, University of Utah. All rights reserved.
Holding Institution University of Utah
Source Physical Dimensions 14 cm x 21.5 cm
Metadata Cataloger Kelly Taylor
ARK ark:/87278/s6319w0z
Setname uu_upa
Date Created 2005-05-10
Date Modified 2005-05-10
ID 416710
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6319w0z

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Description UTAH PRESS ASSOCIATION ALTA Perhaps overly optimistic about the potential of mining at the head of Little Cottonwood Canyon, an ambitious S. A. (his nickname was 'Essay') Kenner produced the Alta Daily Independent on May 3, 1873 -- and wrote finis to the project only three weeks later. Undaunted by Kenner's failure, Richard Webb and a partner, H. Simcockes, whose given name is lost to history, produced the initial issue of the semi-weekly Cotton-wood Observer on Saturday, July 12, 1873. Printing less frequently led to a trifle longer life, but the paper scarcely survived the remainder of the summer before ceasing publication. Producing a newspaper in Alta was not a flight of fancy. The community had 180 homes, a four-table billiard hall, two drugstores, seven restaurants, a shooting gallery and more than its share of bars. Its professional population included an attorney, four medical practitioners, two assayers and a man-of-the-cloth, a Presbyterian minister. Needless to say, the oldest profession, prostitution, flourished, as advertisements in both the Independent and the Observer proclaimed. The newspapers, though, failed. BINGHAM In Bingham Canyon, the Pioneer lasted six weeks after a July 5, 1873 start under the guidance of Charles G. Loeber. Contemporaries commented, "The first number is well filled with reading matter and presents a very neat appearance, both typographically and in general make-up." Nonetheless, it ceased publication. The Bear Gulch Times was published from July 2, 1875 'til February 14, 1877 under the guidance of E. W. Peirce. And the Carr Fork Mirror made a brief appearance as the Times was expiring, then gave its last gasp as well. For 15 years Bingham was without a paper, prompting Alter's whimsical comment, ". . . which is probably the way the miners felt about newspapers in general." Then, however, the paper which would have a lengthy existence came on the 56
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Source Original Book: UPA A Century Later
Setname uu_upa
Date Created 2005-05-10
Date Modified 2005-05-10
ID 416067
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6319w0z/416067