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Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Promise of riches brings pioneers to Pagosa Country

Gold was a strong attraction during Pagosa Country’s pioneer years. When Hartley C. Metcalf, while living in Denver in 1873, heard of gold in the...

Despite Ute request, hot springs passes into private ownership

We continue with the story of how ownership of the Great Pagosa Hot Springs passed from Southern Ute to the U.S. government to private...

Battles and scoundrels of all sorts

We’ve been writing of the struggle between Hispanics and Anglos for control of the county government. The struggle took place between formation of the county...

Pagosa’s Past: The Basketmakers and the Great Basin

By John M. Motter PREVIEW Columnist We’ve been writing about our neighbors, the Jicarilla Apaches, who were greatly affected by events happening around them in the...

San Juan Mountains named for Spanish explorer

Who were the first Hispanics to travel across Pagosa Country and how long did it take them to get to Pagosa Country after Columbus...

Winter in the mountains and a lost finger

We’ve been talking about the first roads into Pagosa Springs used by the first settlers. We’ve described Elwood Pass, the first route across the...

Traipsin’, tradin’ and explorin’

The Old Spanish Trail is a historic trade route connecting northern New Mexico settlements in the Santa Fe vicinity with Hispaño settlements in southern...

The people behind the names: Ruby Sisson

Folks living in Pagosa Country are blessed more than they realize by the quality of their hometown library. Much of the credit for the...

An overly heated housewarming party

Back in the day when you’d have entered Pagosa Springs riding a horse or a horse-drawn carriage or maybe a stage coach, you’d have...

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...