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Dating back to 1861, the Tribune initially debuted as the Overland Press and was eventually rebranded The Pacific Tribune in 1863. Over the years, the Pacific Tribune brand has been bought, sold, merged, abandoned, and reinvented a number of times by different companies, individuals, and even a political party. The Tribune was brought back to life again in 2016 in it’s current online only format by our Editor-in-Chief, Brad Delaney. Read related article

Like many of its predecessors, the current Pacific Tribune is not, and has never been in any way associated with the companies that have operated under the brand name before. The information in the timeline below and in other places across our site is provided strictly for historical and educational purposes.

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Founded as the Overland Press by Alonzo M. Poe in the midst of the Civil War on July 29, 1861, the paper began it’s life covering news of the war. The first issue was published on July 29, 1861, contains four pages, and costs $4 annually or $1.25 per quarter.

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In December of 1862, the Overland Press building is burned. Editor Bion Kendall implies rather publicly that Horrace Howe is responsible for the arson. Upon meeting Howe, Kendall shoots and severely injures him, then publishes his account of the incident. About a week later Howe’s son visits the Overland Press and fatally shoots Kendall. Employees of the paper purchase Kendall’s shares and publication of the Overland Press continues.

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On January 12th 1863 the paper changed it’s name to The Pacific Tribune. The newspaper contains four pages and costs three cents a copy.

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The Pacific Tribune is sold to Charles Prosch and the paper returns to weekly publication.

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On May 2nd 1868 the Tribune expands it’s coverage area to include Olympia, Tacoma, and Seattle Washington.

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The Tribune had accumulated massive amounts of debts due to declining paper sales and on September 9th 1872, the Tribune goes bankrupt. Charles Prosch’s 22 year old son, Thomas Prosch buys the paper out of bankruptcy at a sheriff’s sale.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]By the fall of 1873 a financial panic had set in and the Tribune saw a steep decline in paper sales in Tacoma. On June 11th 1875 Thomas Prosch relocated the Tribune from it’s office in Tacoma to a new location in Seattle.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”1052″ img_size=”medium” add_caption=”yes” alignment=”center”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_separator border_width=”2″][vc_column_text]In late 1878, Thomas Prosch sold the Tribune to Thaddeus Hanford, the owner of the Seattle Intelligencer. Upon finalizing the deal, Mr. Hanford folds the Tribune into the Intelligencer abandons the Tribune brand.

Only a short six months later Mr. Hanford had fallen on hard times and sells half of the Intelligencer back to Thomas Prosch due to financial difficulties. However, Prosch never again resurrects The Pacific Tribune.

The Intelligencer eventually went on to merge with the Seattle Post; the names were combined to form the present day Seattle Post Intelligencer which is owned by the Hearst Corporation founded by the late William Randolph Hearst.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator border_width=”2″][vc_column_text]On December 23, 1903, a Swedish newspaper formerly known as the Western Tribun began publishing under the Pacific Tribune brand name. The paper is completely unaffiliated from any of the prior owners or operators of the Pacific Tribune brand. This paper changed it’s name again in late 1914 and ceased use of the Pacific Tribune brand entirely.

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On November 12th 2016, Brad Delaney purchased the expired domain names for The Pacific Tribune and began building the new website and historical archives. With an intent on bringing back quality citizen journalism, the Tribune’s business model is based on that of similarly situated online news outlets like The Huffington Post, DailyKos, and others with the single defining difference being that the Tribune shares it’s profits with it’s contributors through a tiered compensation model.

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