Traverse City Record-Eagle – 150 years old!

This month the Traverse City Record-Eagle celebrates its 150th anniversary (check that link for their 40 page commemorative issue):

Traverse City, 1858: Rutted, muddy streets framed by wooden store fronts that touted dry goods and hardware. Saw blades screeched as they ripped into virgin white pine. American Indians camped on the mouth of the Boardman River.

And that November, 150 years ago, a businessman named Morgan Bates printed the initial edition of the Grand Traverse Herald. In doing so, he helped give birth to the Traverse City Record-Eagle.

Photo of Morgan Bates courtesy Traverse Area Historical Society.

In celebration of this milestone, the State Theatre is presenting five newspaper-themed movies. Citizen Kane and Newsies have already played.  Tonight you can see Deadline – U.S.A., Wednesday is The Year of Living Dangerously and Thursday is All the President’s Men.

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