The Rural West Initiative,
for the American West at Bill Lane Center has created a very interesting visualization which plots over 140,000 newspapers published over three centuries in the Stanford University . The data comes from the Library of Congress' "Chronicling America" project, which maintains a regularly updated directory of newspapers. United States
This is not just fascinating and also helpful to us genealogists! Though created to give a sense of journalism’s voyage west (which it does), it also allows anyone researching ancestors anywhere in the
, to get a sense of the density of newspapers in existence at any given point in time. For example, in the 1770s, as expected, newspapers were pretty much only published along the eastern seaboard. By 1807, there was a much more extensive network of published newspapers, though, if your ancestors lived in western NC, the graphic suggests that there were not newspapers being published. US
|1770s Map of Newspapers|
|1807 Map of Newspapers|
Additionally, it is clear when newspapers were at the peak of their existence and the subsequent and persistent decline since as the visualization includes through the current year (2011.)
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