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Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Jose Benedito Martinez, a Pagosa Country pioneer

The Martinez name in New Mexico is very common, as common as Smith is among Anglo Americans. Unsurprisingly, the Martinez name is well represented...

Nossaman, O’Neal, Oliver — history in a name

Dr. A. J. Nossaman was one of 13 children born to Wellington and Sarah Nossaman in Pella, Iowa. Several of the Nossaman children moved to...

Pagosa’s Past: Adventure on the Nipple Mountain Trail

By John M. Motter PREVIEW Columnist Sometime when you’re standing with a cup of joe in your hand, watching the sun come up over the eastern...

History of the East Fork: moving over the mountains

We continue with the history of the East Fork of the San Juan River. By 1879, the Army had allotted money and was building a...

A back road trip to Summitville

Lots of folks like to drive back roads in Pagosa Country looking at the scenery and hoping for a glimpse of deer, elk, maybe...

Men of the Martinez family

We’ve been writing about Emmett Martinez, a member of one of the prominent pioneering Hispanic families in Archuleta County. Before he passed away, I...

Banded Peaks country and the Tierra Amarilla Land Grant

We have established that Cumbres Pass was the first pass across the south San Juan Mountains to be fully developed. This fact is important...

Pagosa’s Past: The Meeker Massacre

By John M. Motter PREVIEW Columnist This week’s column is continued from last week. We’ve been writing about the creation in 1878-1879 of the Southern Ute...

The people behind the names: the Archuletas

We are exploring the source and meaning of the name of the county we live in, Archuleta County. The territory of Colorado was created in...

Newton — a prominent name in the early days

Whitney Newton Sr. was born in Ripon, Wisc., April 5, 1858. He moved with his family to Freeport, Ill., in 1868, and to Denver...