No one loves a magazine or a newspaper more than we do; and being a bustling, creative metropolis, the Bay Area has its share of top-notch periodicals.
But as everyone knows, publishing is tough and favorite rags come and go, whether due to lack of funding, changing readership, the advent of digital or, you know, writers quitting their pen gigs to instead go mine for gold.
This week, take a look back at some local gazettes that have come and gone.
California Star (1847 - 1848)
The California Star was the first newspaper in San Francisco. Debuted on January 9, 1847, the paper was started by Samuel Brannan, who published a number of Mormon newspapers in New York before bringing his small press to California with a group of Mormon settlers in 1846. It gained popularity as the voice of the Gold Rush. But the temptation for riches proved to be too much for the staff the bear; the team bailed on the publication to join the gold miner, forcing the paper to fold in June 1848.