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Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Pagosa’s Past: Who are the Jicarilla Apaches?

By John M. Motter PREVIEW Columnist When Spanish explorers entered the area that was to become New Mexico while searching for gold at the Lost Cities...

Pagosa’s Past: A brief history of the Jicarilla homeland

By John M. Motter PREVIEW Columnist We continue writing about the first Hispanic explorers/settlers in Pagosa Country and their relationship with the Jicarilla Apache Indians they...

Pagosa’s Past: Locating Pagosa Country

By John M. Motter PREVIEW Columnist An hour south of Pagosa Springs in New Mexico is the Jicarilla Apache Reservation. The Indian Agency headquarters for the...

Pagosa’s Past: Exploring Chimney Rock

By John M. Motter PREVIEW Columnist We’ve been quoting from an archaeological study of prehistoric human ruins and artifacts found on Chimney Rock by Dr. Frank...

Pagosa’s Past: An archaeological look at Chimney Rock

By John M. Motter PREVIEW Columnist Dr. Frank W. Eddy, University of Colorado at Boulder, directed a more recent study of the Chimney Rock Indian ruins...

Pagosa’s Past: Life in Pagosa Country 2,000 years ago

By John M. Motter PREVIEW Columnist We’ve been writing about the Ancestral Puebloans, previously called Anasazi Indians, who lived in Pagosa Country circa 2,000 years ago....

Pagosa’s Past: Pagosa Country before the Europeans came

By John M. Notter PREVIEW Columnist Last week, we wrote about information contained in a 1923 report written by Frank H. Roberts based on his study...

Pagosa’s Past: The very first settlers

By John M. Motter PREVIEW Columnist Shortly after AD 1, small bands of Indians entered the San Juan River Basin. Where they came from is uncertain....

Pagosa’s Past: Settlin’ down in Pagosa Country

Pagosa Country today is inhabited by people from three distinct cultural backgrounds. One of the cultures, that of the native American Indians, is the...

Pagosa’s Past: Here comes the cavalry

By John M. Motter PREVIEW Columnist We’ve been writing about a fledgling Pagosa Springs that was just beginning to grow. In the pioneer West before anybody...