The Mountain Mail, June 17, 1882.
Salida, Colorado: Moore, M. R., 1882. Page size: (23 1/2 x 16 1/2"). Disbound. Minor edge tears/wear. Printed on fairly fragile newsprint with some darkening around the edges. Very good. Item #3753
The Mountain Mail newspaper was published weekly in Salida, Colorado from about August, 1880 to July, 1882, during the early years of the Colorado Silver Boom that began in 1879. The paper is loaded with local news reports that reflect the economic boom in central Colorado at the time. The motto in the paper’s masthead summarizes the situation nicely: “Colorado Produces Millions of Silver, and Silver is King.”
The front page of the paper features a 4 x 11” bird’s-eye view of the town with the mountains in the background.
The newspaper itself is somewhat of a rarity – the American Antiquarian Society, which has the nation's largest collection of American newspapers – holds only 28 issues (of roughly 150) according to its online Clarence inventory system. Only two institutions, the Denver Public Library and the Kansas State Historical Society, appear to have complete or nearly complete runs of the Mountain Mail.