To Celebrate 150 Years Next Tuesday
The Eureka Herald will be 150 years old on July 3, 2018! The first issue of The Herald made its advent, aided by Arthur Gleason who rolled the form, while S. G. Mead pulled the lever. They were working in a little cabin on First Street, by the light of a tallow candle “dimly burning,” and held in place by a monkey wrench serving as a candle holder. This “cabin” was old Fort Montgomery, located at 1st and Oak Streets.
That first attempt was a poorly printed six column folio. At the time of the newspaper’s birth, the town of Eureka was a thriving metropolis of about 70 inhabitants, living in 13 houses. A short time later, a stone schoolhouse and a hotel were built. No doubt, The Eureka Herald is the only paper in the United States that was born in an old fort! Mead came to Kansas in 1868, and traveled by rail to Lawrence, by stage to Emporia, and by pony to Eureka. His printing equipment arrived shortly after.
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