The University of Utah

Provo Dispatch

1891 - 1895

Founded in 1849 as Fort Utah, the city of Provo was the first Mormon colony outside of the Salt Lake Valley. For three decades, Provo relied on the Church-run newspaper from the "metropolis," the Deseret News. That changed in 1873 with the founding of the Provo Daily Times, a newspaper that survives today as the Daily Herald. The Evening Dispatch appeared in 1891, a period of political turmoil. The Mormon church had recently announced an end to plural marriage in a bid to achieve statehood, and an there was an economic boom in the city of Provo. Almost immediately, the Dispatch found itself under attack by the dominant Provo paper, the Daily Enquirer. The Enquirer accused the Dispatch of being an "organ of the new Democratic Club." The newspaper was in fact established to promote Democratic Party causes and proved to be a formidable foe during its short existence. Read more.

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