Auburn Journal turns 140

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Happy birthday, Auburn Journal!

Look inside today’s Journal for the 140th Anniversary Edition, a special section commemorating the newspaper’s long history in this community.

The first edition of the Placer Weekly Argus was printed Sept. 13, 1872. The paper was started as an answer to the endorsement of Horace Greeley for president by the Stars and Stripes, a competing Republican paper. The Argus was formed by Republican supporters of Ulysses S. Grant, and its early editions focused mainly on getting him elected, although from the beginning the paper included local news from a quickly growing Auburn.

As the paper grew, so did its coverage of local activities. After Grant was elected, the paper began honing in on what was happening in Auburn, from school fundraisers and sewer bond elections to social news such as weddings and parties.

The paper would take on several names over its 140 years, including the Republican Argus, Auburn Daily Journal, Placer County Journal and Placer Republican. It settled as the Auburn Journal in 1919. In 1962, the paper moved to its home at 1030 High St., in Downtown Auburn, where it prints five days a week and houses Gold Country Printing, a commercial printing operation producing dozens of products, including regional papers the Roseville and Granite Bay Press-Tribunes, Loomis News, Lincoln News Messenger, Folsom and El Dorado Hills Telegraphs, Colfax Record and Placer Herald.

Today’s special edition covers the history of the paper as it relates to the history of Auburn. Each page outlines a 10-year period, from the paper’s first edition up to what its reporters are covering today. The paper has seen many big stories in its time here, from world wars and local murders to the Auburn Dam project and construction of the highest bridge in California. We were here when the streets were paved, the traffic lights installed and Interstate 80 widened to accommodate increased traffic. We covered the opening of the courthouse, opera house, State Theater and even the local swimming pool – you’ll find all that news and much more in today’s special edition.

Take a look inside today’s paper to remember Auburn Journal history as the paper heads into its next 140 years of serving this community.