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On June 30, 1875, the Frontier Echo, a newspaper that followed cattlemen as they advanced the ranching frontier of West Texas, was first issued in Jacksboro with R. Chandler as publisher and H. H. McConnell as editor. George W. Robson, a former sea captain, bought the Echo in December 1875 and with advance of the cattle frontier moved the plant to Fort Griffin, where, on Jan. 4, 1879, it appeared as the Fort Griffin Echo. Three years later, the frontier had marched west again. After a period of non-publication during the illness of the editor, the newspaper followed. It reappeared in Albany on Jan. 6, 1883, as the Albany Echo. After about a year, it was merged with the Albany Star to become the Albany News, which has retained the files of the early Echo.



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Today in Old Western History

June 30

1858 – The first Chinese colonists reach Victoria, British Columbia.

1863 – At age 23, George A. Custer is made brigadier general of Union Army volunteers.

1864 – On the western slopes of the Sierra Nevadas, Yosemite Valley Park becomes the first state park in the US. It was named after the Yosemite Indians.

1867 – The 18th Infantry and Indians fight near Fort Phil Kearny.

1882 – Edward Fulsom, a hardened criminal and horse thief who fled to the Indian Territory to escape justice in February 1881, was hanged at Fort Smith, Arkansas. Fulsom got into trouble again in a tough saloon near the Arkansas-Indian Territory line. In a barroom brawl Fulsom beat William Massingill to death with his pistol butt. Being slight of build, the drop did not snap Fulsom’s neck and the outlaw’s pulse continued for sixty-three minutes until the doctors pronounced him dead.

1893 – Leading a detail of four Rangers Captain Frank Jones, a very tough Texas Ranger, was cut to pieces as the Rangers attempted to arrest Jesus Maria Olguin and his son for stock theft.

1891 – The first passenger train ascends the summit of Pikes Peak Mountain, Colorado. In 1806, it was thought that no one would ever succeed in climbing the mountain.

Source: Lonesome Dove

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