Crescent City newspaper first in the region

May 29, 2007 11:00 pm
The Crescent City News was established in 1892 by John L. Childs when he decided to run for public office, using the newspaper to express his political views. (Photo courtesy of the Del Norte County Historical Society).
The Crescent City News was established in 1892 by John L. Childs when he decided to run for public office, using the newspaper to express his political views. (Photo courtesy of the Del Norte County Historical Society).

By Cornelia de Bruin

Triplicate staff writer

Newspapers in Del Norte County date back to , and top honors go to the Crescent City Herald for being the first to publish in northwestern California. The Herald was hot off the press in June of that year.

The Herald's initial run beat the Humboldt Times off the press by a few months.

Its run lasted only until 1861, when the Herald's owners discontinued publishing here due to lack of interest, and moved their operation to Jacksonville, Ore.

The county was without a paper until 1872, according to many historical sources. But Frances McBeth identifies a publication called the Del Norte Investigator, which existed in 1868 and was connected with the Lyceum.

The next publication to spring up was the Crescent City Courier, which published from September 1872 until March 1875 and again from November 1879 to February 1881, when the Del Norte Record purchased it to augment its publication that had begun in 1879.

Northwestern California Newspaper Project's Website quotes Ralph Hughes, who worked for Crescent City News in 1908 at the age of 14. The paper's reading room, he remembered, served as a library that was "Mecca for a lot of people who wanted to know what was going on in the world."

Crescent City News started about 1892, merged with the Del Norte Record, then the Coast Times in 1910-1912 and the Del Norte Argus in 1912 to form the Del Norte Triplicate.

A second iteration of the Crescent City Courier began publishing at about the same time, lasting until 1930. It competed with the Crescent City News and also the Crescent City American, which began in 1926 and became the Crescent City Sunday American in its last year of publication.

In 1969, Crescent City Sunday American merged with the Triplicate.

Renamed The Daily Triplicate, Del Norte County's newspaper is one of the longest running newspapers in Northwest California.

A few short-lived newspapers within the county are the Smith River Herald, which published in 1925, Klamath Chinook in 1932, Gasquet Gazette, published by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1935, and Pelican Bay News in 1945.

150 Years,

13 Newspapers

•1854-1861 – Crescent City Herald

•1868-? – Del Norte Investigator

•1872-1875 – Crescent City Courier

•1879-1912 – Del Norte Record

•1910-1912 – Coast Times

•1912 – Del Norte Argus

•1912 – Del Norte Triplicate (becomes The Daily Triplicate in 1969)

•1912-1930 – Crescent City Courier

•1925 – Smith River Herald

•1926-1969 – Crescent City American

•1932 – Klamath Chinook

•1935 – Gasquet Gazette

•1945 – Pelican Bay News