Placerville Mountain Democrat

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Placerville Mountain Democrat
TypeWeekly newspaper
FormatBroadsheet
Owner(s)McNaughton Newspapers, Inc
PublisherRichard Esposito
Founded1851
Headquarters2889 Ray Lawyer Drive, Placerville CA 95667
Websitemtdemocrat.com

The Placerville Mountain Democrat (known locally as the Mountain Democrat or simply Democrat) is the newspaper of El Dorado County, California, based in Placerville and is the oldest continuously published newspaper in the State of California.[1]

History[edit]

1800s[edit]

The Mountain Democrat began as The Argus with first editorial published on November 19, 1853, by its publisher, D.W. Gelwicks. The Argus was housed in the Crescent City Building in Coloma, California, then the county seat. In February 1854, Gelwicks bought the El Dorado Republican from Thomas Springer of Placerville and combined the two as the Mountain Democrat.[2] Its first issue date was February 25, 1854.[3] During the 1850s, the newspaper reported news from steamships as they docked in San Francisco, California, after travel around Cape Horn – "usually about six months old. But it was new news in the mines."[4] In 1889, the Weekly Observer merged with the Mountain Democrat.[3]

1900s[edit]

In 1922, the Mountain Democrat absorbed the Georgetown Gazette newspaper; in 1924, Mountain Publishing Company formed as owner of the Mountain Democrat.[5]In 1935, the Placerville Republican merged with the Mountain Democrat.[3] In 1958, the Placerville Times merged with the Mountain Democrat.[3]

Organization[edit]

Current owner is McNaughton Newspapers, Inc.; current publisher is Richard Esposito and most recent editor Penne Usher.[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About". Placerville Mountain Democrat. Retrieved October 28, 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "A Gelwicks Began at Argus". Placerville Mountain Democrat. Retrieved October 28, 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ a b c d Rafferty, Michael. "Mountain Democrat sole Gold Rush survivor". Placerville Mountain Democrat. Retrieved October 28, 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "1854-1859 – A wild and woolly era". Placerville Mountain Democrat. Retrieved October 28, 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ Barker, Clive. "Voices from the Past". Placerville Mountain Democrat. Retrieved October 28, 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ "Staff Directory". Placerville Mountain Democrat. Retrieved October 28, 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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