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.
Welch Nossaman was one of the first white persons to come to Pagosa Springs with the intention of staying. In the fall of 1876, he and two other men built a cabin near the Pagosa Hot Springs and hauled in supplies for the winter. They spent the winter at the springs. In the springtime, Indians returned to the hot spring.