For more than 139 years, the Austin American-Statesman and its predecessors have been the most comprehensive and authoritative source for news and information in Austin and Central Texas.

Current data from the Scarborough research organization show that the Statesman and its online sites statesman.com and Austin360.com reach more than 830,000 readers in the metro area each week.

More than 70,000 readers per week rely on ¡ahora sí!, the Statesman's Spanish language weekly.

And in an average week, more than 100,000 readers turn to the Statesman's family of nine community papers for local neighborhood news.

Online, the Statesman family of websites — including statesman.com, Austin360.com, StatesmanClassifieds.com and ahorasi.com — are a major source for Austin-area news, entertainment and shopping information.

Scarborough Research recently looked at the percentage of adults visiting 116 local newspaper websites across the country. Among all these sites, statesman.com/Austin360.com had the highest percentage of local adults visiting in a typical month: 32 percent.

The Austin American-Statesman traces its roots to July 26, 1871.

John Cardwell, the first editor of The Democratic Statesman, served as editor-in-chief for 12 years, and under his leadership, The Democratic Statesman became a daily morning newspaper on June 8, 1873.

Hal H. Servier founded a competing newspaper, the Austin American, in 1914.

Subsequently, The Democratic Statesman took over another competitor, The Austin Tribune, and later changed its name to The Evening Statesman.

The most significant of several mergers occurred in 1924, when The Evening Statesman combined with the Austin American. The Austin American-Statesman evolved from that merger.

The American-Statesman was acquired by Cox Enterprises in 1976, and in 1981, the publishing operations were moved to the current location, just southeast of the Congress Avenue bridge.

Today the Statesman is part of the Cox Media Group, a subsidiary of Atlanta-based Cox Enterprises.