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The Boise Times

"The Boise Times is my favorite website."

Theodore Roosevelt,

26th President of the United States

The Boise Times was first published by the Shoshone Native American tribe in 1801 as a series of smoke signals detailing a recipe for Huckleberry Crumble Pie.

Smoke Signals

Soon after, the small publication began coverage of the historic Lewis, Clark, and Sacajawea Expedition, quickly becoming America’s most popular celebrity news publication.

Despite The Boise Times award-winning Sunday comics, the paper was on the brink of bankruptcy in the 1862. Editor-in-Chief Charles Donothing made numerous attempts at saving the paper. In a last-ditch-effort, Donothing wrote an email to President Abraham Lincoln, requesting he grant Idaho statehood, which he thought would boost sales of The Boise Times.


Lincoln quickly took action by creating the Idaho Territory on March 4, 1863. Sales for The Boise Times did not pick up and Dothing instead was forced to take the publication online in 1864. 

Today, the Boise Times boasts multiple Putilzer Prizes for ground breaking journalism. As Idaho’s number #1 source for satirical and parody news, The Boise Times is intended for entertainment only and is protected under fair use. 

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We are America's oldest newspaper on the internet.

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