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The Gazette timeline: From Gen. William Jackson Palmer to Clarity Media

Staff reports Updated: February 16, 2014 at 8:10 pm 0

1872: Colorado Springs founder Gen. William Jackson Palmer creates Out West. Out West becomes.

1873: The Weekly Gazette.

1878: The Weekly Gazette becomes The Daily Gazette.

1896: Palmer sells The Daily Gazette to Cornelius Vanderbilt Barton, Henry Russell Wray and William McKay Barbour for $50,000 in gold.

1900: The Daily Gazette is sold to Isaac Stevens.

1903: The Daily Gazette is sold to McNeill-Babbitt group.

1906: The Daily Gazette is sold to Clarence Dodge. Dodge also buys the Colorado Springs Telegraph, an evening newspaper, and runs it and the morning Gazette.

1946: R.C. Hoiles and his sons, Clarence and Harry, and daughter Mary Jane Hoiles Hardie purchase The Daily Gazette and Evening Telegraph papers.

1947: An International Typographical Union strike halts publication for three days. The paper reappears as combined evening/ Sunday Gazette Telegraph, and the morning edition is discontinued. The ITU starts a rival morning paper, The Colorado Springs Free Press, later known as The Sun.

1950: The Hoiles family founds the Freedom Newspapers chain.

1977: The Gazette Telegraph starts a morning edition to go with its afternoon edition.

1986: The Gazette Telegraph pays the Oklahoma Publishing Co. $30 million to buy and close The Colorado Springs Sun.

1987: The Gazette Telegraph drops its afternoon edition.

1990: Gazette Telegraph reporter Dave Curtin wins the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing.

1997: The newspaper drops Telegraph from its name, becoming The Gazette.

2003: Freedom Communications takes on Blackstone Communications Partners and Providence Equity Partners as investors in the company, which allows some Hoiles family members to cash out.

2009: September: Freedom files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

2010: April: Freedom emerges from bankruptcy, with its creditors now owning the company.

2011: Freedom begins selling various portions of the company.

2012: July: Massachusetts-based 2100 Trust buys The Gazette, The Orange County Register and five remaining Freedom papers in California and Arizona.

2012: Nov. 30: The Anschutz Corporation's Clarity Media Group announces its purchase of The Gazette.

2013: Dec. 20: The Gazette leaves its home of 56 years and relocates in downtown Colorado Springs.

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