EARLY LOS ANGELES NEWSPAPER
Evening Express, Los Angeles, California
Wednesday, July 31, 1872
Here is an amazing newspaper–a Los Angeles issue from 1872 during the Wild West period of outlaws, train robberies, Indian attacks, gunfights and more. From the wires of the Western Union Telegraph Line I see a report of an “Indian raid near Laredo in which seventeen persons were killed and many ranches and stores plundered and stock driven to Mexico.” In other news, “A passenger train on the Kansas Pacific Railroad fell through a bridge over Coon creek. Five emigrants were killed and several employees wounded!” I love the intricate illustrated ads including the “PIONEER STAGE LINE,” a great ad for a dentist with a teeth sketch, and the “Exchange Livery and Feed Stable.” The paper was a strong supporter of Gen. U.S. Grant for President in the 1872 Election.
Folks, this was Los Angeles well before Hollywood, Beverly Hills and MGM studios! I guarantee you’ll be up nights reading and re-reading this issue and showing it to everyone you know! Four pages, complete, and in fine, well-preserved condition. According to my references, this is the only known issue of this date in existence! If it were a rare coin, we’d be talking five figures! Newspapers are still on the ground floor of major collectibles!