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Why not Pagosa Springs?

Fired with unabashed enthusiasm, pioneers began permanent settlement in Pagosa Country in 1876 and in Pagosa Springs in 1877. They entered with a variety of skills and hopes. The greatest…

Settling Pagosa Country: From gold to treaties, forts and more

Settling Pagosa Country: From gold to treaties, forts and more

Affairs concerning the settlement of Pagosa Country during the 1870s were a bit confusing and subject to change. The discovery of gold at various places in the San Juans starting…

From Army posts to Juanita

From Army posts to Juanita

The first Army post built near Pagosa Springs was Camp Plummer, established Nov. 6, 1866, near Tierra Amarilla in New Mexico Territory, a few miles south of the Pagosa Hot…

Treaties and changing territories

Treaties and changing territories

The early years of contact between Utes and whites were governed by a series of treaties, beginning with the Calhoun Treaty of 1849 in which the United States promised to…

Trapping and trading come to Pagosa Country

Trapping and trading come to Pagosa Country

Fur trappers started working the waters of Pagosa Country circa 1820. The first trappers, appropriately called the Taos trappers because they worked out of Taos, entered New Mexico and this…

Life after Spanish colonizers contact the Utes

Life after Spanish colonizers contact the Utes

Spanish colonizers were the first to contact the Ute peoples. This happened in New Mexico late in the 16th century. Contact with the Spanish was the beginning of the end…

Settling in Ute territory

Settling in Ute territory

We’ve been writing about the relationship between our pioneer forefathers in Pagosa Country and the Native Americans who occupied Pagosa Country when the first non-Native American settlers entered. Primary among…

From Ancestral Puebloans to modern-day settlers

From Ancestral Puebloans to modern-day settlers

Pagosa Springs and the surrounding area share at least one thing in common with the rest of the United States — long before the modern-day settlers arrived, peoples we call…

The good and the bad of the hot springs

The good and the bad of the hot springs

The editor of Pagosa Springs’ first newspaper, D.L. Egger, wasted no time in promoting the Pagosa Hot Springs. The full version of this story is available in the print edition…

Extolling the virtues of the hot springs in 1890

Extolling the virtues of the hot springs in 1890

We’ve been writing about the Pagosa Hot Springs during pioneer times. You might ask, “How many health and wonder seekers visited the Hot Springs prior to 1890?” The full version…