By April Holthaus
Special to The PREVIEW
The presence of Spanish-speaking peoples in what is now southern Colorado dates to before 1861, when the border between the New Mexico Territory and the Colorado Territory was drawn.
During the middle to late 1800s, Hispanic pioneers homesteaded and settled along the rivers in southern Archuleta County. Today, some of this area’s residents can trace their heritage back to these early settlers.
One of these longtime Pagosa residents is Bea Espinosa, who will be our guest speaker and share her story at the Archuleta County Genealogy Society meeting on Saturday, March 4, at 11 a.m. at the Methodist Church on Lewis Street.
Born in Chama, N.M., she moved to Pagosa Springs in 1951. Espinosa has many stories and pictures of bygone days in Archuleta County that she will share with us. This will be a wonderful opportunity to hear firsthand accounts of the area’s history from a true native of southern Colorado.
Please join us for this special presentation.