November 11, 1848
On this day in 1848, the editors of the newspaper “Californian,” the first newspaper in California, published their last issue. The newspaper struggled to keep employees as they often abandoned their jobs to leave for the gold fields. Edward Kemble bought the newspaper and combined the publication with the “California Star,” California’s second newspaper, in San Francisco. The merged newspapers became the “Weekly Alta California.” Because only one printing press was sufficient, Edward Kemble took the older press to Sacramento City and published the city’s first newspaper, the “Placer Times,” in an adobe shack outside Sutter’s Fort starting on April 28, 1849.
Image of Edward Kemble from “A History of California Newspapers, 1846-1858.”
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