“Another Stage Robbery.”
So the Silverton newspaper reported in May of 1881. According to the story which followed the headline, the Allison gang held up the eastbound stage 4 miles west of Pagosa Springs in a rocky canyon. There were 10 passengers on the coach, from whom the robbers took about $500, plus a number of gold watches, other jewelry and a draft for $3,300.
After the holdup, the robbers walked into Mr. Voorhees’s store on San Juan Street in Pagosa Springs. Among those present were Harry Sanderson and John Fosbay, the division superintendent of the Barlow & Sanderson stage line. Although they had money and valuables on their persons, they were not molested. At the mouth of a pistol, Mr. Voorhees opened his safe and handed over the contents to the robbers — about $450.