November 18, 1916 edition of the Mountain Echo newspaper printed on Cottonwood leaves sealed in plastic. Printed front and back. The front is shown here.
In 1916 Luther E. McQuesten took over as publisher of the “Mountain Echo” newspaper. Owed money by his subscribers, faced with the high cost of printing and a paper shortage, he printed four editions of the newspaper on, according to “The American Printer”, Cottonwood leaves. In the subsequent edition he printed the text of all four, for those who might have found the “fig leaf editions” difficult to read.
Catalog No: 2004-051-0027b


  • Title: The Mountain Echo
  • Creator: Luther E. McQuesten
  • Date Created: 1916-11
  • Date Published: 1916-11-18
  • Physical Location: Boulder Creek, California, USA
  • Location Created: Boulder Creek, California, USA
  • Physical Dimensions: 5" x 6"
  • Provenance: Irwin Collection
  • Subject Keywords: Mountain Echo, Boulder Creek, Newspaper, Cottonwood
  • Transcript:
    The Mountain Echo Boulder Creek, CAL. $2 per Year. 10c. per Copy Luther McQuesten, Editor and Manager Nov. 18, 1916. Vol. XX. No.52 Editorial Boulder Creek is a deserted lumber camp, 14 miles up the San Lorenzo canyon, reached by a branch if the Southern Pacific and a good stage road. Its altitude is 500 feet. The last of the seven lumber mills has shut down for lack of material. Quite a few of the inhabitants, who appreciate only stumpage value, think that the town has seen its best days, but visitors passing through to the State Redwood Park, 12 miles beyond, are delighted with our mountain scenery, babbling brooks, giant redwoods, the rare, bracing atmosphere and pure water. A second growth has already hidden the scars of the woodsman and the hills are again clothed in perpetual verdure. The confluence of Bear creek and Boulder creek with the San Lorenzo river at this point furnish excellent trout fishing streams. Deer and other game abound in the fastness of the mountains. Quite a few already are taking advantage of the low price of summer home sites and erelong this place will out-rival the neighboring resorts of Brookdale and Ben Lomond. Property owners will pay us liberally for finding purchasers, so the "Echo" will cheerfully answer all inquires. - R. A. East has purchased the J. W. Peery homestead at the lower end of town.
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  • Rights: Public Domain
  • Medium: Print on Cottonwood Leaf

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