The Daily Press celebrates 75 years of documenting news and developments in Victorville, Calif.
Oct. 15, 2012 – The Daily Press – the Freedom-owned daily newspaper serving residents in the High Desert region of San Bernardino County, California – turns 75 years old today.
The Daily Press is celebrating the milestone throughout the remainder of October with a series of articles and photo pages in the newspaper and vvdailypress.com. The tributes not only celebrate the history of the Daily Press, but also Victorville's unique history.
"It's been an honor to play a part in keeping Victor Valley residents informed and bringing our community together for the past 75 years," said Stephan Wingart, publisher of the Daily Press. "We look forward to many more years of service to this community, and are so grateful for the support of our employees, readers and business partners who help make the Daily Press an essential part of people's lives."
The first edition of Victor Press (pictured at left) began publication as a once-a-week newspaper on Oct. 15, 1937. John E. Barry, the paper’s founder and editor, called Victorville the "crossroads of America" where people traveling east and west on historic Route 66 would stop. The town included frequent visits from Hollywood movie stars like Clark Gable, and was a place where “they used to make Westerns by the dozen.”
Today, Victorville is the largest commercial center between San Bernardino and the Nevada border, and has seen an expanded collection of service-related business, retailers, local manufacturing and educational institutions. The city is located on the southwestern edge of the Mojave Desert, approximately 80 miles northeast of Los Angeles.
Freedom Communications, Inc. acquired the Daily Press in 1978.
About Freedom Communications
Freedom Communications is a national privately owned information and entertainment company of print publications and interactive businesses. The Company's print portfolio includes more than 40 publications, including seven daily newspapers, weekly newspapers, plus ancillary magazines and other specialty publications. The company's news, information and entertainment websites and mobile applications complement its print properties. For more information, visit www.freedom.com.