Pilot Proud: Steamboat Pilot & Today timeline
• July 31, 1885: James Hoyle prints the first edition of the Pilot using a foot-powered press located in a log cabin.
• Fall 1885: The Pilot finds a permanent home in an 18-by-24-foot sawed log building on Lincoln Avenue.
• Dec. 9, 1894: Hoyle dies, and Pleasant Valley homesteader John Weiskopf takes over operation of the Pilot.
• September 1889: Charles Leckenby arrives in Steamboat Springs with his brother Harley. Charles goes work at the Pilot within days of arrival in town. He eventually works his way up to becoming a partner in the Pilot with John Weiskopf.
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• May 1, 1909: Charles Leckenby enters into a partnership with a printer named Delavan W. Gee to own and operate the weekly newspaper. Six days later, a stagecoach barn next door to the newspaper catches fire and burns down the newspaper building. Only a desk, the subscription list a few fonts of font are saved from the blaze but the Pilot keeps publishing.
• Sept. 1, 1909: Ground is broken on a new newspaper building.
• 1927: The Routt County Sentinel merges with the Steamboat Pilot, and Charles Leckenby remains at the helm. He eventually passes the business on to his son, Maurice, and grandson, Chuck Leckenby.
• 1989: After three generations of ownership by the Leckenby family, Chuck Leckenby sells the Pilot to Raljon Publishing, Inc.
• Aug. 21, 1989: The first issue of Steamboat Today rolls off the press and introduces Steamboat Springs to its first and only daily newspaper.
• 1994: The Simons family of Lawrence, Kansas, owners of WorldWest LLC, buys the Steamboat Pilot & Today.
• June 17, 2016: Colorado Mountain News Media, a division of Swift Communications, purchases the Steamboat Pilot & Today.
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