Newspapers & Chaffee County Census

The Salida Library’s Digitization of the Mountain Mail

The Mountain Mail has been Salida, Colorado’s local newspaper since 1880. The Salida Library is happy to present the online digitization of the Mail from the years 1880 through 1923.

The Salida Record (Salida’s competing newspaper) is also available for the years 1898-1916. Recently added are the Chaffee County Record, the Turret Gold Belt, and the St. Elmo Mountaineer.


A Selection of Old Newspapers – pdf editions of the Mountain Mail and the Salida Mail with historic information on the local mining district, the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad, and Salida’s locale and climate.


The Mountain Mail has had the following names:
1880-1883 – Mountain Mail
1883-1936 – Salida Mail
1936-1948 – Salida Daily Mail
1948-1956 – Salida Daily Mail-Record
1956-present – Mountain Mail

The Salida Record has had the following names:
June, 1882-September, 1883 – Salida Sentinel
September, 1883-1890(?) – Salida News
1890-May, 1893 – Salida Sentinel
May, 1893-December 23, 1898 – Chaffee County Record
December 23, 1898- (?) – Salida Record
(?)-June 1, 1948 – Salida Record and Shopper
June 1, 1948 – Merged with Salida Mail

The Chaffee County Times has had the following names:
September 4, 1942-1986 – Chaffee County Republican
1986-present – Chaffee County Times


The Salida Library has the following newspapers in-house:

The Mountain Mail

Hard copies:
1909-1911
1915-present

and Microfilm:
June 5, 1880 – December 4, 2012

The Salida Record

Hard copies:
1909-1911
1915-1917
1918-1948

and Microfilm:
September 17, 1887 – September 18, 1890
August 12, 1898 – December 13, 1901
July 1, 1901 – December 29, 1916

The Tenderfoot Times

The Tenderfoot — online at the Salida Archive.

Hard copies:
1981 – present

Longfellow Ledger

Hard copies:
1983 – present

Valley Voices

Hard copies:
1980 – 1984

Chaffee County Times

Hard copies:
1977 – present

Microfilm:
September 4, 1942 – present

Whitehorn News

Microfilm:
September 10, 1897 – January 4, 1907

Turret Gold Belt

Microfilm:
September 14, 1904 – December 29, 1909

& Miscellaneous newspapers from Adams and Custer County on microfilm


The Salida Library has the Chaffee County Census on microfilm for the years 1870-1920.

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