Final Edition: Highlights from ‘Seattle P-I’ History


Some milestones at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer:

1863 — James R. Watson establishes the weekly Seattle Gazette, Seattle’s first newspaper and predecessor to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

1867 — New owner Samuel Maxwell changes name to The Weekly Intelligencer because, legend has it, the name fit across the front page using his limited stock of large type.

1876 — The newspaper begins publishing daily.

1881 — The Weekly Intelligencer buys the Seattle Post to become the Post-Intelligencer.

1896 — The Seattle Times, edited by co-owner Alden J. Blethen, launches to challenge the P-I.

1921 — John H. Perry buys the P-I on behalf of newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst, whose ownership isn’t revealed until later.

1948 — The trademark 30-foot-diameter P-I globe is hoisted atop the newspaper’s building; moved in 1986 to current waterfront headquarters.

1983 — Hearst Corp. and the Times form a joint-operating agreement to share business operations while maintaining separate editorial content.

1999 — Editorial cartoonist David Horsey wins the first Pulitzer Prize for the newspaper.

2000 — The Times switches to morning publication and goes head-to-head with the P-I.

2007 — Hearst and the Times Co. settle a years-long dispute over the joint-operating agreement.

2009 — Hearst puts the P-I up for sale on Jan. 9. Without finding a buyer, Hearst announces Monday that Tuesday’s newspaper will be the last printed edition; launches a stripped-down online news operation.

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