Missouri Gazette - The first newspaper printed west of the Mississippi was established in 1808 in St. Louis. Joseph Charless, the first editor, is considered to have published the first number on July 12, 1808, although the earliest located issue is vol. 1, no. 3. This weekly newspaper was printed on sheets of 12 x 8 in. until a supply of larger sheets became available. Initially, articles appeared in both French and English, reflecting the region’s Francophone roots. The title changed several times during its first decade reflecting the region’s transition into the United States. Missouri Gazette (Saint Louis) [record], Saturday, July 18, 1812. Brigham purchase; gift of Charles G. Washburn.

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