Westercon

Westercon is a convention which movea around the area of the US and Canada west of the 104th meridian. It is selected like Worldcon with bidding, mail and at-con voting, and a 2-year lead time.

Westercon was started in 1948 when Walter J. Dougherty of LASFS proposed that an annual West Coast convention be started for fans who couldn't afford to travel to the East Coast where most Worldcons were held. The first Westercon was held in September 1948 and was a one-day event attended by 77 people. It became a weekend-long convention in 1951 when it settled into its 4th of July weekend date and started moving between cities.

It is a Westercon tradition that GoHs are preferred from the region (west of the 104th W. meridian), having either been born or lived in the zone.

Westercon is formally sponsored by LASFS, though in practice it is completely independent. Nonetheless, in the event that Westercon were unable to function, the LASFS Board of Directors would be responsible for sorting things out.

See Westercon Bids for more on Westercon bidding.

from Fancyclopedia 2 ca. 1959
An annual conclave for the Western half of the United States — West of the Rockies, that is — begun by the LASFS on Labor Day 1948. It has since become an institution for which other clubs bid also, like the Worldcon, and until the past year [i.e., 1958] was always some place in California.
Westercon Year Location Notes
#1 - Westercon 1 September 5, 1948 Los Angeles
#2 - Westercon 2 October 2, 1949 Los Angeles
#3 - Westercon 3 June 18, 1950 Los Angeles
#4 - Westercon 4 June 29-July 1, 1951 San Francisco
#5 - Sou-westercon June 28-June 29, 1952 San Diego
#6 - Westercon 6 May 30-31, 1953 Los Angeles
#7 - SF Con September 3-4, 1954 San Francisco (held jointly with Worldcon)
#8 - Westercon 8 June 3-4, 1955 Los Angeles
#9 - Westercon 9 June 30-July 1, 1956 Oakland
#10 - Westercon 10 July 4-7, 1957 Hollywood
#11 - Solacon September 1, 1958 Los Angeles (held jointly with Worldcon)
#12 - Westercon 12 June 3-5, 1959 Seattle
#13 - Boycon Junly 2-4, 1960 Boise
#14 - Baycon Westercon July 1-2, 1961 Oakland
#15 - Westercon 15 June 20-July 1, 1962 Los Angeles
#16 - Westercon 16 July 4-7, 1963 San Francisco
#17 - Pacificon II September 4, 1964 Oakland (held jointly with Worldcon)
#18 - Westercon 18 July 3-5, 1965 Long Beach, CA
#19 - Westercon 19 July 1-4, 1966 San Diego
#20 - Westercon 20 July 1-4, 1967 Los Angeles
#21 - Baycon September 1, 1968 Berkeley (held jointly with Worldcon)
#22 - FUNcon II July 3-6, 1969 Santa Monica
#23 - Westercon 23 July 2-5, 1970 Santa Barbara
#24 - SFCon ‘71 July 1-5, 1971 San Francisco
#25 - Westercon 25 June 30-July 4, 1972 Long Beach (held jointly with Mythcon)
#26 - SFCon ‘73 June 30-July 4 1973 San Francisco
#27 - Westercon 27 July 3-7, 1974 Santa Barbara
#28 - Oaklacon July 3-6, 1975 Oakland
#29 - Westercon 29 July 2-5, 1976 Los Angeles
#30 - Westercon 30 July 1-4, 1977 Vancouver, BC
#31 - Westercone June 30-July 4, 1978 Los Angeles
#32 - Westercon 32 July 4-8, 1979 San Francisco
#33 - Westercon 33 July 3-6, 1980 Los Angeles
#34 - Westercon 34 July 2-5, 1981 Sacramento
#35 - Westercon 35 July 2-5, 1982 Phoenix
#36 - Westerchron July 1-4, 1983 San Jose
#37 - Westercon 37 June 29-July 3, 1984 Portland
#38 - Westercon 38 July 3-7, 1985 Sacramento
#39 - Westercon 39 July 3-6, 1986 San Diego
#40 - Episode XXXX July 2-5, 1987 Oakland
#41 - Westercon 41 July 1-4, 1988 Phoenix
#42 - Conosaurus June 30-July 4, 1989 Anaheim
#43 - Westercon 43 July 5-8, 1990 Portland
#44 - Westercon 44 July 2-6, 1991 Vancouver, BC
#45 - Westercolt July 2-5, 1992 Phoenix
#46 - Westercon 46 July 2-5, 1993 Seattle
#47 - Conozoic July 1-4, 1994 Los Angeles
#48 - Westercon 48 June 30-July 3, 1995 Portland
#49 - ConDiablo July 4-7, 1996 El Paso
#50 - Westercon 50 July 3-6, 1997 Seattle
#51 - Concept 1998 July 2-5, 1998 San Diego
#52 - Empirecon July 2-5, 1999 Spokane
#53 - Conolulu July 1-4, 2000 Honolulu
#54 - Westercon 54 July 5-8, 2001 Portland
#55 - Conagerie July 4-7, 2002 Los Angeles
#56 - Westercon 56 July 3-6, 2003 SeaTac
#57 - ConKopelli July 2-5, 2004 Litchfield Park AZ
#58 - Due North July 1-4, 2005 Calgary Alberta
#59 - Conzilla July 1-4, 2006 San Diego
#60 - Gnomeward Bound June 30-July 3, 2007 San Mateo
#61 - Westercon 61 July 3-6, 2008 Las Vegas
#62 - FiestaCon July 2-5, 2009 Tempe AZ
#63 - Confirmation July 1-4, 2010 Pasadena CA
#64 - Westercon 64 July 1-4, 2011 San Jose, CA
#65 - ConClusion July 5-8, 2012 Seattle
#66 - Westercon 66 July 4-7, 2013 Sacramento, CA
#67 - Westercon 67 July 3-6, 2014 Salt Lake City
#68 - Westercon 68 July 2-3, 2015 San Diego, CA
#69 - Westercon 69 July 1-4, 2016 Portland, OR
#70 - Conalope July 1-4, 2017 Tempe, AZ
#71 - Westercon 71 July 4-8, 2018 Denver, CO