The paper was formed following numerous name changes and mergers, including the merger of The Topeka Daily Capital and The Topeka State Journal.
1858: The Kansas State Record starts publishing.
1873: The Topeka Blade is founded by J. Clarke Swayze.
1879: George W. Reed buys the Blade and changes its name to The Kansas State Journal.
1879: The Topeka Daily Capital is founded by Major J.K. Hudson as an evening paper but changes to morning in 1881. Its press is claimed to be the first electric motor press in the United States
1885: Frank P. MacLennan buys the Journal and renames it The Topeka State Journal.
1888: The Capital absorbs the Commonwealth, owned by Floyd Perry Baker and his sons, who had earlier bought the Kansas State Record.
1899: Frederick Oliver Popenoe buys a 51 percent controlling interest in the Capital.