Office of the Daily Courier


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Seated in the photograph are Walter Reese and Tom Smith, Prescott businessmen associated with The Phenix Insurance Company of Brooklyn. Handwriting on the back of the photograph is: "Old Courier Office." This office was is likely the first location of Prescott's modern newspaper, The Daily Courier.

The Daily Courier began as the Republican Fort Whipple Arizona Miner in the mid to late 1880s. It was a semimonthly newspaper owned by then Territorial Secretary Richard McCormick.

In late 1885, the editor of Prescott's Arizona Weekly Journal, John C. Martin, initiated a merger between The Arizona Miner with his own paper to create The Arizona Weekly Journal-Miner. The newspaper’s plant and files were destroyed by a fire on July 14, 1900, and a temporary daily paper was issued from July 23 to August 1900. Martin stayed on as editor of the merged newspaper as it changed its masthead yet again to become the Weekly Arizona Journal-Miner in 1903. Over the decades, the newspaper acquired the name "Prescott Courier" and was finally established as The Daily Courier in 1994. Source: The Library of Congress: Chronicling America: About Arizona weekly journal-miner. (Prescott, Ariz.) 1885-1903.


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