Working cattle at O’Neal Park

Ranch hands Blain Highland and Gerry Sanderson with John O’Neal (seated). The boys worked on the O’Neal ranch in the 1890s.

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 have been reprinted over the past year as the town celebrates 125 years of incorporation.

This is the final profile from the centennial. 

Brothers John and James O’Neal were born on Jan. 26, 1847, in Dublin, Texas. Their parents were George Washington and Mary (Magers) O’Neal.

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