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Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Cement sidewalks and a new bank

In 1906, the Pagosa Springs town board ordered a cement sidewalk built on Pagosa Street. Prior to this order, all sidewalks downtown had been...

A big boom and competing lumber companies

As we reported last week, the lumber industry moved into Archuleta County big time circa 1895. The southern portion of Archuleta County was covered by...

Pioneer times on the East Fork: Old Joe Mann

This week our column will focus on some of the families who lived and worked on the East Fork of the San Juan River...

Pagosa Country dances out of 1895

In November of 1895, Pagosa folks engaged in one of their favorite pastimes — dancing. This dance was held in Edith at the brand-new,...

From Army posts to Juanita

The first Army post built near Pagosa Springs was Camp Plummer, established Nov. 6, 1866, near Tierra Amarilla in New Mexico Territory, a few...

Crossing the San Juans on Elwood Pass

I’ve been writing about the first roads used by Pagosa Country pioneers to reach Pagosa Springs from the outside world. The focus has been...

Newspaper accounts of early days

We have been using newspaper articles from surrounding communities to describe events happening in Pagosa Springs prior to 1890, when the town got its...

The O’Neals: From Texas to New Mexico, to Pagosa Country

Last week we wrote about Fount and James O’Neal, born in Texas, but participants in a story-book journey ending in Colorado’s San Juan Basin...

High hopes and hot water

I’ve completed writing about “Traipsin’, tradin’ and explorin’.” For our next subject, here comes “High hopes and hot water.” A trail-worn prospector bound for Baker’s...

The people behind the names: the Archuletas

Have you ever wondered why Archuleta County is called Archuleta County? You don’t have to be terribly observant to recognize that most of the...

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