E8: EXTRA! Denver’s Gun-Toting, Mountain Climbing Newspaper Founder, William Byers
When you hear the words, newspaper publisher, you probably do not envision someone called a braggart, jealous, and aggressive. You most certainly don’t imagine a man who wanted to know if his employees could shoot before asking about their writing experience.
But such is the legacy of William Byers, who printed Colorado’s first newspaper in 1859.
Beyond the newspaper business, Byers was instrumental in Colorado attaining statehood, served as Denver’s first postmaster, was part of the first group to scale the State’s most rugged fourteen-thousand-foot peak, and was an owner of Denver’s first tramway system.
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