The Snyder Signal

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The Snyder Signal

At the turn of the 20th century, two newspapers, the Coming West and the Western Light, served the residents of Snyder. Founded in 1887, the Coming West dated from the town’s origins as a buffalo hunting ground, while the Western Light began as ranching flourished in the 1890s. As Scurry County grew to over 10,000 residents in 1910, however, the newspaper business did not follow suit. Instead, the Snyder Signal became the town’s primary news source by the end of the following year. The details of the transition remain unclear, but E. B. Barnes most likely renamed the Coming West the Signal in 1911, the same year that J. S. Hardy consolidated the Western Light with the paper. After experimenting with a daily version for a few months, Hardy and Barnes issued the eight-page Signal as a Friday weekly. The paper cycled through several owners, but Hardy consistently edited the publication from 1911 to 1921.