Because “journalism is the first rough draft of history,” it is imperative to preserve historic newspapers. This collection contains searchable images of historic newspapers from the city of Pueblo as well as some from the surrounding region. The Pueblo City-County Library District is proud to be one of eleven major repositories of newspapers in the state of Colorado with several titles that are unique to this collection.
Currently this collection contains the first issue of The Colorado Chieftain from June 1, 1868. This weekly publication was founded in 1868 by Dr. Michael Beshoar in the small pioneer town of Pueblo. In 1872, The Colorado Chieftain became The Colorado Daily Chieftain, and was published Tuesday through Sunday. By the mid 1870’s, Pueblo had grown to a bustling city of 5,000 and the paper became The Pueblo Chieftain and was published daily. The paper’s holdings were bought and the company merged with another Pueblo publication, The Star-Journal, in 1933, under the direction of Frank Hoag Sr. Both papers were published and in circulation until 1984 when The Pueblo Star-Journal ceased publication.
The Pueblo Chieftain collection will continue to grow over the next several years to include all the publications.
This collection will also contain several unique newspapers from around the Pueblo area provided by Barron Beshoar, the grandson of Chieftain founder Michael Beshoar, and include issues from many publications in Trinidad, like the Chronicle News and the Trinidad Advertiser, as well as the Denver Daily Times and the Rocky Mountain News.
This Beshoar collection, as well as the vast majority of The Pueblo Chieftain and The Star-Journal newspapers, are also available to view on microfilm at the Rawlings Library.