Early News

Alberta communities have been publishing papers since before Alberta was a province.  They were few and far between up here in the north, but Edmonton’s Bulletin was available beginning in 1880.  Over the years, the city brought out papers for German, Hungarian, Russian and French audiences as well.

Spirit River’s first newspaper was published between 1916 and 1917.  It was called Spirit River Times.  Then between 1917 and 1923 the Spirit River Echo was recording local news.

For a long time there was no Spirit River paper, and then in 1951 the Spirit River Signal made an appearance, running until 1965.  In 1964 The Spirit River Bulletin came on the scene, taking over the news until 1969.

In 1980, the Central Peace Signal community paper that we know was launched.  It is the longest running newspaper serving the Spirit River area by a long shot.

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2 Responses to Early News

  1. In Dawson Creek in the 50s we had The Peace River Block News. Thank goodness for old newspapers to document events from those days.

    • townspirit says:

      There’s a familiar name! The Peace River Block News must be in the running for the longest running publication in the Peace – from the 30s to the 90s.

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