Rocky Mountain News Dead at 150
Denver saddened, surprised by the closure of old friend 'Rocky '
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 28, 2009 6:01 AM CST
A copy of the final edition of the Rocky Mountain News sits on a counter in the empty photo editing section in the newsroom in Denver on Friday, Feb. 27, 2009.    (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
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(Newser) – The Rocky Mountain News published its last issue yesterday just short of 150 years after its founder hauled a printing press by oxcart to the nameless gold-rush settlement that would become Denver. Staffers and readers alike mourned the passing of the paper believed to have been Colorado's longest-running business, reports the Denver Post—now the city's sole daily newspaper.

The closure came after a long and fruitless search for a buyer and leaves the US with only about 10 two-paper cities left. "It is a very, very sad day, not just for Denver but also for Colorado and the United States," said Mayor John Hickenlooper. "It is in some ways symbolic of this gigantic transformation in how people get information, and that kind of change creates loss."