March 3, 2009

The Rocky Mountain News closes.

The Denver Rocky Mountain News began operations in 1859. Sadly, on February 27, 2009 they closed their newspaper down. It had been for sale but no takers stepped forward.

It was the Rocky Mountain News who published the first known arrest of my g-grandfather, Jefferson Randolph Smith II.

It was the Rocky Mountain News who published the story that gave Jefferson the alias of "Soapy" Smith.

It was the Rocky Mountain News who declared war on "Soapy" and fought for 11 years to rid the city of his presence after Soapy beat and nearly killed News editor John Arkins.

It was the Rocky Mountain News who unknowingly hired "Soapy's" son, Jefferson Randolph Smith III in the 1920's and no one on the paper's staff ever became the wiser.

It was the Rocky Mountain News whom I thought would last forever.

Jeff Smith

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