Ector County Newspapers

Ector County Newspapers (HM1LZA)

Location: Odessa, TX 79761 Ector County
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Country: United States of America
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N 31° 50.907', W 102° 22.018'

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In 1895, William C. "Uncle Billy" griffin came to Odessa from Midland and began publishing Ector County's first Newspaper, the Odessa "Weekly News'. The "Weekly News" lasted only a year, and was followed by six other short-lived weekly publications until Aug. 1927, when production of the Odessa "Times" and Odessa "News" began. In Oct. 1928, the two weekly papers were merged as the Odessa "News-Times".
The towns of Penwell and Goldsmith supported for a short time, during the oil boom of the 1930s, the only Ector County newspapers known to have been published outside of Odessa.
The first daily newspaper, the "Daily Bulletin", began in 1936. The "News-Times" followed with a daily in 1937. On Oct. 2, 1940, R. Henderson shuffler consolidated the "Daily Bulletin" and the "News-Times" into the Odessa "American", which he sold on Aug. 11, 1945. Ownership of the newspaper changed twice before Aug. 13, 1948, when it was purchased by Raymond Cyrus Hoiles of Freedom Newspapers, Inc. V. L. Debolt was appointed publisher and has held that position for 26 years.
The Odessa "American" has withstood brief competition from 5 newspapers since its first publication and has been published at this site since 1951.
Marker Number1383
Year Placed1974
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, July 19th, 2015 at 6:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)13R E 749151 N 3526659
Decimal Degrees31.84845000, -102.36696667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 50.907', W 102° 22.018'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 50' 54.42" N, 102° 22' 1.08" W
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Area Code(s)432
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 252-298 E 4th St, Odessa TX 79761, US
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