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Despite fort moving, settlement of Pagosa continues

Despite fort moving, settlement of Pagosa continues

Orders were issued by the Army in 1880 to move newly built Fort Lewis from Pagosa Springs to Hesperus on the La Plata River. In a May press release, Sherman…

1880 begins in Pagosa, hot springs not a mineral

1880 begins in Pagosa, hot springs not a mineral

We’ve been writing about the first winter for Fort Lewis in Pagosa Springs in 1879. In those days, Fort Lewis was a log fort located on the main business block…

An account of Pagosa’s Fort Lewis

An account of Pagosa’s Fort Lewis

For some weeks, we have been describing Indian unrest and the U.S. Army response to the unrest by building Fort Lewis in Pagosa Springs. Construction of Fort Lewis in Pagosa…

Bad news for Pagosa Springs

Bad news for Pagosa Springs

When Lt. Col. R.E.A. Crofton passed through Pagosa Springs in August of 1880 with a battalion of infantry bound for the new location of Fort Lewis on the La Plata…

Rebellion is avoided and the fort moves westward

Rebellion is avoided and the fort moves westward

A few days after the 1879 Meeker Massacre, troops commanded by Gen. Hatch made a hurried march from New Mexico and occupied Animas City Oct. 8. Col. George P. Buell…

Burning up the roads after the Meeker Massacre

Burning up the roads after the Meeker Massacre

We continue to describe the relationship between the Ute Indians and Pagosa Country settlers during the 1879 early pioneer days. Following the 1879 Meeker Massacre, couriers burned up the roads…

Unrest continues following Meeker Massacre

Unrest continues following Meeker Massacre

We’ve been writing about the 1879 Meeker Massacre, when the White River Utes revolted at the Meeker, Colo., reservation in northern Colorado. Not only did they kill Agent Nathan Meeker…

The Meeker Massacre and a move by the Utes

The Meeker Massacre and a move by the Utes

This week we continue with the account of the Meeker Massacre started last week — one of the worst defeats suffered by the frontier U.S. Army. Army scout Joe Rankin…

The 9th Calvary and the Meeker Massacre

The 9th Calvary and the Meeker Massacre

One of the worst defeats suffered by the frontier Army occurred on Sept. 29, 1879, at Meeker, Colo. On that date, Chief Douglas of the Northern Utes and a group…

Man against man, Indian against Anglo

Man against man, Indian against Anglo

The Colorado Western Slope was a scary place to be during the latter half of 1879. Pagosa Country was no exception. The cause of concern was classic: man against man,…

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