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90 years and counting

This was the first home for the Farmington Press. The location is now the main dining room for 12West. This year marks the 90th anniversary of the Farmington Press. 

Provided by David Cravens

I’m the first to admit I grew up reading the Farmington Press.

It has been a part of my family for as long as I can remember. My family subscribed to the paper when I was growing up.

I was surprised to see the Farmington Press on my driveway one day after I was married. It seems my grandmother gave my husband and I the gift of a subscription (something I discovered only after I called to make sure there wasn’t a mistake and the person on the other end of the phone let me in on my grandmother’s surprise).

She passed away just a couple months after I started writing for the paper in 2002—and, I often wish she could have been a subscriber to the paper her granddaughter grew to love thanks to her kindness.

This is an important year in the history of the Farmington Press—with 2018 marking the 90th anniversary of the Farmington Press.

You would think editing the paper each week and making sure the issue number next to the volume number on the front page would have tipped me off. But, somehow, it did not.

Only when preparations were being made for our move to new offices last February did I do the math (which, by no surprise, is not one of my strong suits.).

That math added up to an important year for the Farmington Press. And, we want to honor the tradition as we progress into the future.

We want to make the Farmington Press a paper for you to enjoy—something unique as the city itself. A favorite reader feature – “Where Is It?” – returned to the pages after readers requested as such.

And, it’s my hopes to once again feature some of the items found in the paper through the last 90 years.

One of those is the “Golden Spoon” feature popular about 20 years ago. Our staff will once again begin featuring a favorite cook and their local delicacies. 

This is just one of the special items planned for the Farmington Press this year. We’d like your suggestions as well.

Drop us a line at or call at 518-3628. Also, visit our offices at 227 E. Columbia St.

Thanks so much for your support these past 90 years. And, here’s to the future!

Shawnna Robinson is the managing editor of the Farmington Press and can be reached at 573-518-3628 or


Farmington Press Managing Editor

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