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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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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“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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