Del Norte County newspapers got info to public

July 24, 2007 11:00 pm

Triplicate Staff

By the turn of the century, one newspaper churned out the events of the not-so-recently pioneered Del Norte County area.

They included Del Norte Record, which began publication in 1879. The Crescent City Courier tried twice to publish a compe1ting paper, but finally ceased in February 1881 when Del Norte Record purchased it.

By 1908 Crescent City News employed 14-year-old Ralph Hughes, whose observation of its reading room is included in information published on the Internet by The Northwestern California Newspaper Project. The project is managed by the Humboldt Room of Humboldt State University Library.

Hughes described the News' reading room as a "Mecca for a lot of people who wanted to know what was going on in the world."

Crescent City News started in 1892, but merged with the Del Norte Record and the Coast Times between 1910 and 1912, and later the Del Norte Argus in 1912 to become the Del Norte Triplicate.

Later the county would also see a second iteration of Crescent City, which published until about 1930. Also covering news of Del Norte County were Crescent City American, which launched in 1926 and later became the Crescent City Sunday American before merging with the Triplicate in 1969.

The Triplicate is chronicled as one of the longest-running newspapers in this area.

Short-time publications included Smith River Herald (1925), Klamath Chinook (1932), Gasquet Gazette (a 1935 Civilian Conservation Corps effort) and Pelican Bay News (1945).