Barry Smith
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October 10, 2012
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Barry Smith: Newspapers are cornerstone of the community

Before there was a state of Nevada, there were newspapers in Nevada.

They arrived in Virginia City and Genoa along with the miners and shopkeepers. The first newspaper is thought to be the Gold-Canon Switch in Johntown, a settlement in Gold Canyon about four miles from Virginia City.

The Switch was handwritten and delivered weekly about 1854 in what was still Utah territory. It was pretty easy to start a newspaper in those days. In fact, as Jake Highton wrote in his history of Nevada journalism, "it was easier to start a newspaper in a hamlet than it was to …

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