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January 25, 2014
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Celebrating our community and the newspaper that has covered it for 150 years

One hundred fifty years ago this October, The Union newspaper, as we are now known, published its first edition under the “Grass Valley Daily Union” flag.

As The Union observes its 150th anniversary of service to Nevada County, each month we’ll revisit both the history of the newspaper as well as some of the top issues it has covered, including the gold mining industry, the community leaders who established the area, along with the longtime businesses and families who helped make western Nevada County such a wonderful place to live, work and play.

Today, we travel back to 1864 to share the tale behind The Union’s birth. It’s somewhat of a wild west Cinderella story — its own co-founders actually serving as both hero and villain — when you consider how close it came to floundering in its first few days, to eventually emerge as the only daily paper from the 37 publications published locally between 1850-1900.

Each month’s special edition of The Union will revisit some of the various flags from beneath our work has been found, whether known as the Grass Valley Daily Union, the Daily Morning Union, The Morning Union or The Union, which we’ve been known as since June 19, 1945, when at that time the paper changed from morning to afternoon delivery. Simply scanning these front pages, while flipping through hard-bound copies in the basement of the Doris Foley Library has afforded us the opportunity to travel back in time — and a chance to take you along for the ride.

As we look back throughout 2014, we hope to have you, our readers and customers who have supported us all these years, to also share your connection to your community newspaper. We know many have clipped stories and photos for scrapbooks or tucked away special editions for keepsakes with hopes of sharing stories for our generations to come.

What were stories that so moved you that you wanted to keep them forever? We look forward to hearing all about them. Visit our new web page dedicated to The Union’s 150th anniversary at, where you can share your stories or photos to join in the celebration of your community and the newspaper recording its history — one day a time.

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The Union Updated Feb 17, 2014 07:23PM Published Jan 27, 2014 11:02PM Copyright 2014 The Union. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.