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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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Title Page215
Description THE MECHANICS OF PRINTING and, during the 1820s, the all-metal Washington hand press came into use. It was the invention of Samuel Rust, who patented it in 1829. A two-man team could produce 175 copies in an hour on such a press. Hundreds were built and, carried along in the expansion of the nation, brought primitive but invaluable newspapers to settlements throughout the land. Advancements added by Adam Ramage of Philadelphia somewhat accelerated the process and those bearing his name, too, came into common use on the frontier. A Ramage press, in fact, was purchased by William Phelps when he was sent East for that purpose by Mormon Church authorities in 1847, soon after the pioneering colonists had reached the Great Salt Lake valley. Space in wagon trains was at a premium, however, and it didn't actually reach Deseret, as the land they'd settled was called by the Saints, until 1849. The following year it produced the first copies of the Deseret News. Another Mormon-owned press built by Ramage eventually printed early newspapers in both Colorado and New Mexico. It was in use in Independence, Missouri when a destructive band decided to eliminate the church's printing plant. To avoid the press falling into "gentile" hands, as non-Mormons were termed, the Saints threw the press into the Missouri River. When gold was discovered near present-day Denver, Colorado, one John L. Merrick bought the press, which had been resurrected from its watery grave near St. Joseph, and took it to the Colorado goldfields at Cherry Creek. In no hurry to unveil his newspaper, Merrick spent time getting acquainted rather than putting the press to use. Four days after he'd reached the camp, William N. Byers arrived from Omaha with a Washington hand press he'd intended to put into operation at Pike's Peak. There, a wildly exaggerated strike had resulted in a massive migration of gold-seekers - the one historically portrayed by the slogan, "Pike's Peak or Bust!" It's also remembered as the one in which most would-be miners "busted." Because the strike fizzled, Byers decided to newspaper at 215
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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 416226
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6319w0z/416226