Mode of travel was horseback or by horse-pulled vehicles

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Photo courtesy of John M. Motter Freight was hauled into Pagosa Springs by horse teams via Elwood Pass during the early days of Pagosa Springs settlement.
Photo courtesy of John M. Motter
Freight was hauled into Pagosa Springs by horse teams via Elwood Pass during the early days of Pagosa Springs settlement.

Entering and leaving Pagosa Springs was quite different in 1901 than it is today. First of all. even though the automobile was invented, I’m not aware that anyone in Pagosa Springs had an automobile at that time. Consequently, the existing roads were not designed for auto traffic.

The accepted mode of travel in and out of town was horseback or by horse-pulled vehicles. By early 1901, the train had not reached town, although it would arrive later in the year.

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