The first newspaper in Ripley county, the Doniphan Prospect, commenced publication on June 19, 1874. Declaring to be “neutral in politics and religion,” the publishers affirmed that the paper’s “aim will be to build up and improve the county of Ripley—to guard and protect the interests of its citizens and to make money for its proprietors.” With railroad access only thirty miles away when the first volume was issued, the Prospect was optimistic about Ripley’s population and economic growth in the post-Civil War years.
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