This Month in History: The Mountain Home News is 130 years old

Wednesday, September 5, 2018
Things have changed at the newspaper office over the years, but one thing will always stay the same: We are the Elmore County News of Record and are dedicated to telling the stories and, in essence, writing the history of our community.

When preparing the Aug. 29 issue of the Mountain Home News I got to switch the volume number for the very first time. For those of you who are not familiar with how that all works we number our yearly issues from 1 to 52, after we reach 52 we change our volume number. I got to do this for the first time as we celebrate our 130th year in print.

Our paper is the second oldest continuously published paper in the state of Idaho. The only paper that has been around longer then us is The Idaho World which began publishing in 1863. They are the paper of record in Boise County and located in Idaho City. Our publication officially began in 1888, but could possibly go back as far as 1883 with publication of the Range and Valley, but there is no surviving material from that publication.

On June 2, 1888, is where our story officially begins when the Mountain Home Bulletin published their first issue here in town. A year later the paper changed its name to the Elmore Bulletin and made the move to the mining town of Rocky Bar.

For the full story, pick up a copy of the Mountain Home News or click on this link to subscribe to the newspaper's online edition.

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