Editor’s note: The Pagosa Springs SUN printed a special presentation of narrative profiles of Pagosa Springs pioneers in celebration of the town’s centennial in 1991. The profiles were based on family records, earlier writings and remembered family lore, rather than historical research.
Those profiles are being reprinted as the town celebrates 125 years of incorporation.
Leon Montroy Sr. was a true pioneer of Archuleta County, having first arrived in Pagosa Springs in June of 1876. An article written about him by his daughter-in-law, Ila Reynolds Montroy, says that Leon Montroy Sr. came to Pagosa Springs from Summitville, Colo., via “Elwood Pass and down the middle fork of the San Juan River to Pagosa Springs with an ox team and a wagon load of supplies.