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Eagle City tribune. : (Eagle City, Alaska) 1898-189?
Alternative Titles:
  • Tribune
Place of publication:
Eagle City, Alaska
Geographic coverage:
  • Eagle, Alaska  |  View more titles from this: City State
  • Eagle City, Alaska  |  View more titles from this: City State
[Charles C. Carruthers]
Dates of publication:
  • Began in 1898?
  • English
  • Alaska--Eagle.--fast--(OCoLC)fst01249772
  • Eagle (Alaska)--Newspapers.
  • Eagle City (Alaska)--Newspapers.
  • Description based on: [vol. 1, no. 6], (Oct. 8, 1898); transcription of original issue.
sn 97060036
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Eagle City tribune

The Eagle City tribune was started by Charles Carruthers, a surveyor, in October 1898. According to contemporary sources, the paper was written by hand and copied using a hectograph process. The only copy extant today, however, is printed in type, suggesting that the issue or issues were reprinted somewhere else at a later date. At least three issues were created before the paper ended. F. L. Lowell (written as J. L. Lowell in the extant copy) was Carruthers's assistant with the publication.

The Tribune answered letters from readers and focused on mining news and developments in the city. Of particular interest was news about new mining strikes in Alaska and even Canada, and city development and construction. The newspaper also reported on the comings and goings of people and included debates about unions and construction worker pay rates.

The Tribune had a colorful, if not lengthy, history. Carruthers started the Tribune in October while he was recovering from a gunshot wound incurred during an argument; the extant issue refers to the shooting with a note from the editor thanking everyone for their good wishes. Carruthers was involved in the creation of the Eagle City Mining & Development Company and was appointed by it to be the land recorder of the district. Allan Chris writes in The American side of the line: Eagle City's origins as an Alaskan Gold Rush town that a miners' meeting on November 16, 1898 concluded that Carruthers had assumed this position "maliciously" and without any legal basis and was "obtaining money under false representation" from the fines and fees that prospectors were paying him.

The meeting concluded with a call for Carruthers and the others involved in the company to leave Alaska within three days, with the community taking no responsibility for their safety if they stayed. Lowell was described by the miners as a dupe of Carruthers and was censured but allowed to stay on account of his age. Carruthers left shortly afterward and theTribune ended with his departure.

Provided by: Alaska State Library Historical Collections