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‘Pagosa Springs, the largest, hottest and most singularly curious springs …’

Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr wrote in January of 1849, “The more things change, the more they stay the same.” Read the following publication and see if you agree with the Frenchman.…

Revisiting ‘Death Rode the High Country’

Revisiting ‘Death Rode the High Country’

The tourist season has arrived, along with summer activities such as hiking and camping in the wilderness. Unfortunately, unless more rain comes quickly, the San Juan Forest will be closed…

Men of the Martinez family

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 had the privilege of spending many…

Straight from the horse’s mouth

Straight from the horse’s mouth

As you might have guessed from my last column, I had the privilege during the late 1970s to talk with several Pagosa old-timers. Coffee was the favored lubricant for loosening…

Coffee, history and talking cowboy

Coffee and history seem to go together. I know that statement requires an explanation, so here goes. Way back in 1976, I was working at The Pagosa Springs SUN and…

Ballots, bullets and bloodshed: an apron of truce

Ballots, bullets and bloodshed: an apron of truce

For several weeks we’ve been reporting the bitter struggle between Anglos and Hispanics for control of the Archuleta County government in 1886, following the first county election when the Hispanics…

Ballots, bullets and bloodshed: ‘We had a dance that night’

Ballots, bullets and bloodshed: ‘We had a dance that night’

We’re in the middle of telling the true story of the battle between Gringos and Hispanics for control of the Archuleta County government. The county was created by the state…

Ballots, bullets and bloodshed: Siringo the suspect

Ballots, bullets and bloodshed: Siringo the suspect

Charlie Siringo, the most famous detective working for Pinkerton Detective Agency, the most famous detective agency in the Pioneer West, is on the job in 1886 working undercover in Archuleta…

Ballots, bullets and bloodshed: Charlie Siringo’s account

Ballots, bullets and bloodshed: Charlie Siringo’s account

Last week’s column ended with a description of how famous detective Charles Siringo had slipped into Pagosa Springs using an alias and infiltrated the cowboy side of the conflict between…

Ballots, bullets and bloodshed: Charlie Siringo comes on the scene

We’ve been writing about the wrangling between Anglo and Hispanic for control of the county government following creation of the county in May of 1885. This week, we’ll look at…

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