Silverton in San Juan County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Historic Site in Journalism
The Silverton Standard & the Miner
The La Plata Miner newspaper began publication on July 10, 1875, after newspaper pioneer John R. Curry managed to haul an old press by pack mule over Stony Pass. The Silverton Standard newspaper began operations in 1889. The two newspapers merged in 1922.
Over the years, the newspapers have covered many important stories, including the slaying of Town Marshal Clayton Ogsbury on August 24, 1881, and the subsequent lynching of two members of the notorious Ike Stockton Gang.
The newspaper also reported on the St. Patrick's Day snowslides of 1906 that killed some 20 miners in the San Juans, the Gold King Mine fire that killed six in June 1908, and on the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918-19 that killed 161 people in Silverton, some 10 percent of the population.
The Silverton Standard & the Miner is the oldest continually operated newspaper, and the oldest business of any kind, on the Western Slope of Colorado, telling the stories of a remarkable community of diverse people that at times prospered and at other times struggled to survive in a very hostile and isolated part of the world.
Erected 2012 by Society of Professional Journalists.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Communications • Disasters • Law Enforcement. A significant historical month for this entry is June 1908.
Location. 37° 48.718′ N, 107° 39.858′ W. Marker is in Silverton, Colorado, in San Juan County. Marker is at the intersection of Greene Street (County Highway 110) and West 12th Street, on the left when traveling north on Greene Street. The marker is located at the entrance to the historic hotel. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1219 Greene Street, Silverton CO 81433, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Silverton Standard (here, next to this marker); 1219 Greene (here, next to this marker); 1227 Greene (here, next to this marker); 1249 Greene (within shouting distance of this marker); 1200 Greene (within shouting distance of this marker); 1257 Greene (within shouting distance of this marker); Trails to Rails (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Trails to Rails (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Silverton.
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