At least it moves
The biggest challenge this project poses to me is that I don’t know anything about implementing data viz. I’ve never made anything more than a rudimentary map.
As such, every little success is worth celebrating. That includes this gif that shows the spread of newspapering in Colorado throughout the pre-statehood period. It only reflects the presence of a newspaper in a town, not the number of newspapers there, circulations, or any of that stuff.