The Chillicothe Gazette, originally called Freeman’s Journal and Chillicothe Advertiser, began publication on April 25, 1800. It is the oldest continuously operating newspaper west of the Alleghenies and the second oldest in the United States. Its first publisher and editor Nathaniel Willis was a Boston printer who supposedly apprenticed under Benjamin Franklin. He used the paper to advocate for westward expansion. The Gazette kept up with the times by reporting news transmitted by telegraph in 1847 and by publishing daily starting in 1849. In 1941, the Chillicothe Gazette moved into a replica of Ohio’s first statehouse.