Happy birthday Echo Pilot

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot

We welcome all readers to celebrate with us as your community hometown newspaper turns 160 years old.

The Echo Pilot was started in September of 1849 by Mormon printer Ebenezer Robinson as the “Conococheague Herald.” There has been continuous weekly newspaper service in the Greencastle-Antrim community since.

In 1853 the name of the local paper was changed to “Weekly Intelligencer”; by 1855 it was the “Franklin Gazette” and in 1857, the paper became “The Franklin Ledger.” By the late 1800s, the name was “The Pilot” and then combined forces with the “Valley Echo.” In 1891 the name was combined to the present day “Echo-Pilot” (with the hyphen since removed), which, in the years that followed, purchased the “Greencastle Press,” a rival weekly newspaper also printed in Greencastle, from Col. B. F. Winger.

A man synonymous with the Echo-Pilot, G. Fred Ziegler, bought the newspaper in 1925 and was editor and publisher for 47 years. Prior to the purchase of the Echo Pilot by Gatehouse Media in 2005, the paper was owned by Wayne and Sharon Baumbaugh for 20 years.

It wasn't until 2005 following the Gatehouse Media purchase that the newspaper moved from paste-up to the computer age and pagination and was for the first time printed in full color.

Inside this issue is a special anniversary keepsake edition that you will want to read from cover to cover and share with your friends. It is our gift to you in thanks for your patronage for the past 160 years. Thank you!