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Pagosa Country in the 1890s and the disappearing Wild West

Pagosa Country in the 1890s and the disappearing Wild West

We’ve been reporting news items written in the Pagosa Springs newspaper during the early 1890s. Today’s selected items give the reader a feeling for social events taking place at the…

Ownership of the hot springs: a cloudy issue

Ownership of the hot springs: a cloudy issue

We continue to list interesting news items taken from the 1891 Pagosa Springs News. The opening for settlement of the 6-square-mile military reservation surrounding Pagosa Springs was announced in the…

A time trip through Pagosa Springs

A time trip through Pagosa Springs

With today’s column, we begin a time trip through pioneer Pagosa Springs with Daniel Egger, editor and publisher of the brand new Pagosa Springs News, as tour guide. During the…

Pagosa’s first newspaper and Wild West tales

Pagosa’s first newspaper and Wild West tales

We have reported a series of election confrontations between Anglos and Hispanics for political control of Archuleta County. The events we reported took place in the first election after creation…

Pagosa Country’s last stagecoach holdup

Pagosa Country’s last stagecoach holdup

Pagosa Country’s last stagecoach holdup took place three miles south of town in September of 1892. Seventeen-year-old Alfred Black was driving the mail wagon, a hack, bound from Pagosa Springs…

The last stagecoach holdup

The last stagecoach holdup

We’ve been writing about lawlessness during the pioneering days of Pagosa Country settlement. We continue that venue today by describing the last stagecoach holdup. Before getting into the story, I…

A trial wraps up the 1892 Montoya/Howe Sheepmen’s/Cattlemen’s War

A trial wraps up the 1892 Montoya/Howe Sheepmen’s/Cattlemen’s War

Today we finish telling the story of the 1892 Montoya/Howe Sheepmen’s/Cattlemen’s War. Today we report the trial results. If you have been following this story in The SUN over the…

A brief war and a murder charge

A brief war and a murder charge

We’ve been writing about the Montoya/Howe Sheepmen’s/Cattlemen’s War that took place along the west fork of the, San Juan River where it crossed what we recognize today as the At…

The Sheepmen’s/Cattlemen’s War continues

The Sheepmen’s/Cattlemen’s War continues

Last week, we started telling of the Montoya/Howe Sheepmen’s/Cattlemen’s War. William Howe was a young cattle rancher who homesteaded along the west fork of the San Juan River on a…

Sheep, cattle and unwritten rules

Sheep, cattle and unwritten rules

Prejudice between Anglos and Hispanics existed during the early settlement of Archuleta County, just as it did throughout the pioneer west. A related prejudice between sheepmen and cattlemen was also…

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