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Title:
Las Vegas free press. : (East Las Vegas, N.M.) 1891-1???
Place of publication:
East Las Vegas, N.M.
Geographic coverage:
  • Las Vegas, San Miguel, New Mexico  |  View more titles from this: City County, State
Publisher:
J.A. Carruth
Dates of publication:
1891-1???
Description:
  • Vol. 1 no. 1 (Mar. 7, 1891)-
Frequency:
Daily <Jan. 2, 1892>-
Language:
  • English
Subjects:
  • East Las Vegas (N.M.)--Newspapers.
  • Las Vegas (N.M.)--Newspapers.
  • San Miguel County (N.M.)--Newspapers.
Notes:
  • Archived issues are available in digital format as part of the Library of Congress Chronicling America online collection.
  • Numbering irregularites.
LCCN:
sn 96061021
OCLC:
34470723
ISSN:
2330-376X
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Las Vegas in San Miguel County, New Mexico, was a sheep ranching community and railway center during the 1880s.  Anglo Americans formed the majority of recent immigrants to East Las Vegas and soon numbered more than a third of the total population, radically changing life in the territory.  West Las Vegas, known as Old Town, remained predominantly Hispanic. Journalism in Las Vegas reflected the broader tensions throughout the region. Competition became heated and was stronger than anywhere else in the territory.  Political battles inked the pages of the press while violence occurred in the streets. Murders had become so commonplace by 1880 that the Daily New Mexican reported that Las Vegas residents commonly asked over breakfast, “Well, who was killed last night?”  The economic depression of the 1890s affected Las Vegas as well.  Although they viewed themselves as separate communities, the populations of West and East Las Vegas combined reached 5,697 by 1890, and many journalists flocked to the region.  Las Vegas editors published at least forty different papers between 1879 and 1900.

Under the leadership of publisher J.A. Carruth, the printing presses of the weekly Las Vegas Free Press began operation in East Las Vegas on March 7, 1891. It continued until December 12, 1891, after which the Republican newspaper started daily evening publication. The paper closed its doors in December 1892.  During its brief life, the Las Vegas Free Press was also known as the Free Press and the Las Vegas Daily Free Press. The September 1, 1892 edition stated that a subscription cost $6.00 a year, $3.00 for six months, or 15 cents for one week.

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