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The Douglas miner. [volume] : (Douglas, Alaska) 1896-1897
Place of publication:
Douglas, Alaska
Geographic coverage:
  • Douglas, Alaska  |  View more titles from this: City State
Needham & Hill
Dates of publication:
  • Ceased in Feb. 1897?
  • Vol. 1, no. 1 (Aug. 26, 1896)-
  • English
  • Alaska--Douglas (Juneau)--fast--(OCoLC)fst01313924
  • Douglas (Juneau, Alaska)--Newspapers.
sn 94050001
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Douglas Miner

The Douglas Miner was begun by Ted Needham and George M. Hill and first appeared on August 26, 1896. The Miner focused on local news around Douglas and Juneau, as well as mining developments around Alaska, with occasional reporting on national news. The first issue stressed the importance of establishing a newspaper for Douglas, explaining that many people outside of Alaska "supposed that there were only two towns in Alasa – Juneau and Sitka. And why? Because Douglas did not have a newspaper to speak for her."

The paper was initially published from the Alaska Searchlight office as the Miner lacked its own press. The September 23, 1896 issue announced that Needham was heading south to purchase a printing outfit for the fledgling newspaper. The next issue explained that the Miner would be moving to a new building as well and explained that they were hoping to produce "a neater, brighter and more 'newsy' journal than we are, in our present cramped condition, able to get out." A mistake in supply ordering at this time had also left the Miner with a noticeably lower-quality supply of paper. The new press arrived in time for the November 18 issue, where it was also announced that George M. Hill would no longer be associated with the Miner. The publisher's block for that issue listed Needham as the editor and Arthur Howard, a newspaperman from Juneau, as associate editor. The Miner reiterated its focus on "aiding in the upbuilding of Douglas," and keeping people informed on the mining industry in southeastern Alaska.

By the February 3, 1897 issue the Miner was being published by the Gastineaux printing company. An editorial explained that the paper would politically be a Republican newspaper from then on and would "champion the cause of Alaska in her struggle" for representation and government support. By March 24, 1897, the title had changed to the Alaska Miner and later in the year the paper moved to Juneau. In 1900, it was absorbed by the Alaska Record Miner.

Provided by: Alaska State Library Historical Collections