Gaston County was created in 1846 from Lincoln County which had been created in 1779 from Mecklenburg County. Below is a list of "local" newspapers for this area which have survived. Newspapers in the 18th and 19th centuries reprinted many of their articles from other newspapers. Therefore searching all the newspapers available for the time period may help in locating news items.
Dates given here are the earliest and latest available for each title, but there may be missing issues in any newspaper.
During the early years, the nearest newspaper was in Salisbury. Even though this was more than 50 miles away, occasional Lincoln County court-ordered notices were published there as the nearest newspaper. Go to: North Carolina Newspaper Digitization Project to search.
These Charlotte papers contain many mentions of Lincoln and later Gaston Counties, both official notices and news items.
The Charlotte newspapers below can be searched at the Chronicling America site at the Library of Congress:
Microfilm at the Jonas Library, Lincolnton:
The Gastonia Gazette, later Gaston Gazette. The Main Library has the Gastonia Gazette on microfilm beginning with the February 21, 1880 issue. However, there are many missing issues in the early years. We do not have digitized copies except for these three issues: Nov 2, 1893; Dec 6, 1894; Mar 18, 1897.
At this time, there is only limited indexing to the Gazette and/or to the obituaries:
Miscellaneous Gaston County papers in order by earliest date:
See also our current newspapers page.
Author: Gaston County Public Library
Title: Newspapers -- Historical
Revised: 12 October 2016
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