Newspapers of New Mexico
The first printing press ever used in New Mexico was brought from Chihuahua,
Mexico, in 1835, by Don Santiago Abren. The press was set up at Taos, and there
the first newspaper in the Territory was printed. Father Martinez controlled
this paper, called El Crepusculo, (The Dawn), for his own political advancement,
and it was continued only a few weeks, until its political end was achieved.
According to records in the possession of Mrs. Petra B. Abren, of Rayado; after
the death of Abren, his widow sold the press to Father Martinez. It will be
remembered that the Kearny Code was printed on an old press brought to the
capital by General Kearny in 1846. The second paper in Taos was El Heraldo,
established by Sancho Valdez; the Taos Cresset was established by Frank Staplin,
and succeeding it is La Revista de Taos, the present weekly paper, which was
founded by Jose Montaner March 15, 1902.
Note: If your family tells you your Ancestor was in the Newspaper business, there is biographical information about editors and printers in the Newspaper History
The New Mexico newspapers in 1882 were the following:
Deming Headlight, 1880.
Colfax County Stockman, founded 1881.
Georgetown Silver Brick.
Guadalupe County Democrat, established October, 1902.
Las Vegas Gazette, daily and weekly; Optic, daily and weekly; Revista Catholica. Mining World.
Las Cruces Rio Grande Republican. Borderer, 1871
Mineral Hill Mining City News.
Puerto de Luna, La Voz Publica, established 1901, weekly in English and Spanish.
Raton News and Press.
Silver City News Southwest, Mining Chronicle, Telegram.
Santa Fe News Mexican, daily and weekly; Mining News, Nuevo Mexico. Christian Advocate. Democrat, Military Review. Sunnyside Sun, 1905.
Santa Rosa Star, established 1901. In 1903 moved the plant to Tucumcari.
San Lorenzo Red River Chronicle, Cronica.
Tiptonville Mora County Pioneer.
The periodical publications of New Mexico, according to the American Newspaper Directory for 1904, were sixty-three in number, consisting of five daily and fifty-seven weekly papers, and one monthly publication. Classified according to alphabetic order of towns, they are, with dates of founding, as follows:
Albuquerque Citizen, daily, established 1886, the weekly in 1891; Morning Journal, Daily, establish 1881; Weekly News, established January, 1897; Bandera Americana, Hormiga Deoro, both weeklies, and Abogado Cristiana, Monthly; Industrial Advertiser, established 1889; Albuquerque Evening Citizen, established 1905; At Old Albuquerque is El Indito, established 1900. Other papers.
Aztec San Juan County Index established 1888.
Carlsbad (Pecos Valley) Argus, established 1889; Current, established 1892; Miner Stockman.
Cerrillos Comet (weekly), established February, 1882.
Clayton El Fenix, established 1899; Enterprise, established 1889.
Deming Graphic, established 1900, Deming Advance founded in 1892.
Farmington Hustler, established January, 1901; San Juan Times, established 1891.
Gallup McKinley County Republican established 1888.
Hillsboro Sierra County Advocate was established 1883.
Lordsburg Western Liberal established 1887.
Portales Herald was established 1902; Portales Times, established 1903.
Red River Prospector was established 1900.
San Marcial Bee was established 1892.
Santa Fe New Mexican, daily, and New Mexican Review, weekly, established 1862: Bulletin, established December, 1902; El Boletin Popular, established 1885; El Nuevo Mexicano, established 1865.
Silver City Enterprise, established 1881; Independent, established 1896.
Socorro Chieftain, established 1882; Republicano.
Springer Colfax County Stockman, established 1882.
Taos La Revista de Taos, and Cresset, established 1894.
Tres Priedras Mining Reporter, established September, 1903.
Tucumcari Quay County Democrat, established January, 1902; Times; Tucumcari News, 1905.
Wagon Mound El Combate, established October, 1902.
Source: History of New Mexico, Its Resources and People, Volume I, Pacific States Publishing Co., 1907.
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