1879: The Kittitas “Wau-Wau”

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(Image source: Kittitas County website)

Before Kamloops, another Northwest town had a newspaper called the “Talk” in Chinook Jargon.

Twelve years earlier, in fact.

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THE KITTITAS WAU-WAU.

The distinction of having been the first newspaper published in the region now embraced by Kittitas county unquestionably belongs to the Kittitas Wau-Wau, a small amateur paper published in 1879 by Austin A. Bell and Harry M. Bryant, conducting a general store at Ellensburg under the firm name of Austin A. Bell & Co. Number one, volume one, appeared July 4th, 1879, and one other issue ended the career of this venturesome little journal.

— from page 351 of “An Illustrated History of Klickitat, Yakima and Kittitas Counties” ([Spokane, WA]: Interstate Publishing Company, 1904)

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