On this day in 1808, the 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 belies that fact.

This post was contributed by Ross Malone. A historian and a retired school teacher, Ross has authored many books about Missouri’s history, weird facts, and folk tales. He has also written children’s historical fiction. Visit his website, and buy his books in the Missouri Life store.

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