A Slow Boat But Fast Adoption
San Francisco Herald. For Circulation in the United States, Europe and S. America (California) Steamer Edition. July 16, 1853.
When the population of California exploded during the Gold Rush, newspapers communicating information between the east and west coasts were in demand. Because there was no trans-continental railroad at that time, newspapers were sent by ship to Central America, traveled overland by train, and were then loaded onto another ship to complete the journey. Newspapers on both coasts issues “steamer editions” which were usually punlished twice a month and contained 4 to 8 pages. This particular issue contains news from China, letters from miners, news from various steamer ships, and marine reports.