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On February 19, 1881, publisher Hiram Brundage and editor, J.K. Kline, began printing the six- column, six-page Dillon [Montana]Tribune. Brundage had extensive experience with newspapers, as the first printer in the Wyoming Territory and publisher of the Daily Telegraph founded at Fort Bridger, Wyoming, in 1863. In 1887, a New York editor by the name of Francis Foote bought the Tribune from Brundage and remained in Dillon until 1936.

The first issue of the Dillon Tribune coincided with the arrival of the Utah & Northern Railroad, connecting Dillon and Butte with commerce in Salt Lake City. A Republican newspaper, the Tribune reported on mining in Bannack and ranching in the Big Hole Valley. The Tribune advocated for Dillon as the seat of the Beaverhead County, Montana, promoting its "ideal climate and productive crop land." The paper remained in operation until 1941.

Provided by: Montana Historical Society; Helena, MT