Danbury in Fairfield County, Connecticut — The American Northeast (New England)
The News Around Town
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The first newspaper printed in Danbury was called The Farmer’s Journal and the year was 1790.
By 1837, The Danbury Times was churning out a weekly paper on a small wooden press that printed one side of a page at a time. During the Civil War, James Montgomery Bailey, a Danbury native and Union War soldier, was hired to send back dispatches for publication.
Upon his return to Danbury in 1865, Bailey and fellow soldier Timothy Donovan, a printer by trade, bought The Danbury Times. Five years later, the pair acquired the other weekly in town, The Jeffersonian, and merged the two under a new name . . . The Danbury News.
The pair erected a building at 288 Main Street solely for the printing of the paper where a water-powered press was used to print the news of the day.
Bailey devoted most of his energy to writing humorous stories about life in town that were published throughout New England and eventually the world.
The circulation of The Danbury Times grew from 1,900 in early 1873 to 33,000 by 1874. Bailey began writing books, almanacs and traveling the world for lecture tours.
In 1878 Bailey bought out is partner and established a daily newspaper, The Danbury Evening News. James Montgomery Bailey died one year later at the age of 53.
His heirs continued to run the paper until 1927 when competition from the Danbury Times and the Great Depression resulted in another merger that created The Danbury News-Times, the forerunner of today’s News Times.
Erected by Danbury Museum & Historical Society. (Marker Number 7.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Communications.
Location. 41° 23.766′ N, 73° 27.268′ W. Marker is in Danbury, Connecticut, in Fairfield County. Marker is on Main Street near Elm Street, on the right when traveling south. Located in front of the original Danbury News Building. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 288 Main Street, Danbury CT 06810, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Higher Education (within shouting distance of this marker); Trains, Trolleys & Transportation (within shouting distance of this marker); Danbury Disasters (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Wooster Square (about 300 feet away); Danbury Fair Days (about 300 feet away); The Danbury Fire Department (about 400 feet away); Charles Edward Ives – The Father of Modern Music (about 400 feet away); 248 Main Street (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Danbury.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on January 5, 2014, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 417 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on January 5, 2014, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.