On April 11, 1842, an itinerant printer and adventurer named Samuel Bangs pulled a single sheet of paper off a hand-cranked press he’d installed in rented space in downtown Galveston, launching The Daily News. The articles, photographs and illustrations collected here chronicle and commemorate the remarkable people and events that shaped Texas’ oldest newspaper during the following 175 years.

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Willard Richardson brought to The News a philosophy contrary to what was common to most Texas newspapers of the era: No longer would The News toe any particular political party line. Moreover, it would feature straightforward news as opposed to the pontifications that then passed for journalism.

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From its original hand-cranked press, I believe that the “news without views” mantra that The Daily News was founded upon is the reason she has 175 years of recorded history today.

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It was a momentous decision, one that Willard Richardson had fought against, then accepted as Texas’ secession from the Union became all but ordained.

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Willard Richardson from at least 1868 to the last days of his life had advocated in the pages of The Daily News for the deepening of the Galveston Harbor.

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All told, the terrible fire destroyed 568 houses, yet, miraculously, there is no evidence that a single life was lost.

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Few intuited the arriving peril, which later that day, amid ferocious wind and rain and cascading sea, would leave no fewer than 6,000 people dead, victims of what came to be known as the Storm of 1900.

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By the time a second, similarly devastating blast came 16 hours later — at 1:10 a.m., April 17, 1947 — a reporter for The Daily News named Roy E. Hanna was rushing to the scene.

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Soon after Hurricane Ike had raked Galveston Island on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2008 and passed on to the mainland, reporters from The Daily News s…

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The newspaper in those 175 years has rigorously promoted Galveston and its eponymous county — and those who call the region home.

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“It’s really hard to imagine how much things have changed in 50 years,” said Bill Cochrane Sr., the paper’s longtime production manager, who had joined The Daily News as a machinist apprentice in 1964 when the paper was still downtown.

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This article, no spoiler here, was written by a human being; 100 years from now, that most likely won’t be the case.

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