The Basin Republican Rustler is the oldest newspaper in Big Horn County. The first publication as the Rustler was June 1, 1889, by Joseph Newton DeBarthe. DeBarthe later sold the Rustler to W.A. Richards who hired then sold the newspaper to Tom Daggett, a New York City editor.
According to the book, Wyoming’s Weekly Newspapers,” when Big Horn County was established in 1896 Daggett moved the Rustler to Otto to join with Lou Blakesley’s newly established Otto Courier to boost the community’s bid to become the county seat.
Town of Basin founder Winfield S. Collins needed a voice for Basin’s bid so he purchased the Paint Rock Record, which was published by Joe Magill in Hyattville. He moved the paper to Basin and renamed it The Basin City Herald.
After Basin won the county seat, the Rustler moved to Hyattville and moved to Basin in 1900 calling itself the Big Horn County Rustler.
In 1905, Ed Phillips started the Basin Republican after the Rustler turned its energies to the support of the county Democrats. Two years later, P.P. Anderson, and O.T. Gebhart purchased the Basin Republican and in 1928 he purchased the Big Horn County Rustler from A.W. Coons. He merged the papers into the Basin Republican-Rustler.
Since Anderson retired in 1962, there have been three sets of publishers — Harvey and Muriel Balison, 1962-1979, Eric and Linda Adams, 1979-2000; and David and Susan Peck of Lovell, 2000-present. David Peck is also publisher of the Lovell Chronicle and The Greybull Standard.