The Missouri Whig and General Advertiser, the state’s oldest continuously published newspaper, hits newsstands in Palmyra on this date in 1839. The paper is now called the Palmyra Spectator.

Based upon content from the book This Day In Missouri History by Ross Malone, author and Missouri historian. Get your copy on Amazon.

Photo credit: Hine, Lewis Wickes, photographer. Newsies.Location: St. Louis, Missouri. St. Louis United States Missouri, 1910. May. Photograph.