February 5, 1846: Oregon Gets its First Printed Newspaper

Oregon Spectator Volume 1 Feb 5 1846

The Oregon Spectator out of Oregon City, was the first Oregon Territory newspaper produced on a printing press.* The first issue came out on February 5, 1846.

* The 1845 Flumgudgeon Gazette and Bumble Bee Budget, a handwritten satirical affair, was the first newspaper published in the Oregon Territory.


  1. Wow. very interesting fact! Thanks for posting this! :) that is quite a while ago…

    It’s not still around is it? There is a Portland Spectator, I think… but I’m not so sure about Oregon…

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