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116 years of Routt County election front pages

Theodore Roosevelt earned the big headline atop the Nov. 11, 1904 edition of the Routt County Sentinal.
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— The manner in which Routt County newspapers have covered the presidential elections has changed radically through the years.

In 1900, local newspapers blared the presidential election results sometimes even above and beyond local races, rushing to celebrate or, in some cases, mourn the results.

“The Democratic rooster has a right to crow, and he hereby crows. Routt County has gone Democratic.” — Steamboat Pilot, Nov. 7, 1900

“It was one of the grandest Republican victories ever known. (William) McKinley and (Theodore) Roosevelt sweeping everything, even most of the doubtful states, showing that four years of speech-making did not convince the American people hat (William Jennings) Bryan should occupy the place so acceptably filled by McKinley.” — Routt County Sentinel, Nov. 9, 1900

That era gave way to the 1960s when, thanks to a weekly printing schedule and the rise of television news outlets, the presidential race often didn’t even make the front page.

We’ve gathered a collection of front pages from Routt County-based newspapers going back 116 years, from the election of William McKinley to his second term in 1900 to Barack Obama’s second win in 2012.

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