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Gold was found in the San Juans

Gold was found in the San Juans

Last week, we introduced Capt. John M. Macomb, the army’s chief topographical engineer in New Mexico, who was in command of an 1859 expedition tasked with exploring the eastern portion…

Expedition from Santa Fe to Pagosa

Expedition from Santa Fe to Pagosa

In an earlier column, we began the report of a Captain Augnex (Augney?), who traveled the Old Spanish Trail from New Mexico to California in 1850. We finish Captain Augnex’s…

Old Spanish Trail influenced Pagosa history

Old Spanish Trail influenced Pagosa history

PREVIEW Columnist Donkeys and mules were used to carry freight along the Old Spanish Trail between Santa Fe and Los Angeles during the mid and early 1800s. The trail crossed…

Old Spanish Trail crossed Archuleta County

PREVIEW Columnist The opening of the Old Spanish Trail from Santa Fe to Los Angeles circa 1820 started a flow of U.S. citizens along the route to California. The history…

Hot springs were revered by Native Americans

Hispanic maps made before Anglos came to Colorado, even before the early 1800, trapping days, showed the Pagosa Hot Springs. The hot springs were well-known and revered by Native Americans…

Gold rush had significant influence on Pagosa history

PREVIEW Columnist The California gold rush, triggered by the 1848 discovery of placer gold at Sutter’s Mill on the American River, had a significant influence on Pagosa Country history. Among…

Reservoir Hill was previously known as Robidoux Hill, for the trapper of that name

Reservoir Hill was previously known as Robidoux Hill, for the trapper of that name

PREVIEW Columnist Fur trappers who lived in Taos were the first Anglos to visit Pagosa Country. From Taos these trappers made the on-foot or horseback trips to trap the Arkansas,…

A variety of flags have flown over Pagosa Country

A variety of flags have flown over Pagosa Country

Pagosa Country has existed under a variety of national flags. The Spanish flag flew over Pagosa Country until Mexico won independence from Spain in 1821. The flag of Mexico waved…

Driving on the road to the Upper Blanco Basin

Driving on the road to the Upper Blanco Basin

PREVIEW Columnist We’re driving on the road to the Upper Blanco Basin during the early 1920s. We’ve almost reached the point where today’s road tops the hill from where, for…

Continuing our drive south on U.S. 84

Continuing our drive south on U.S. 84

Last week, we took an imaginary step back in time to the early 1920s. Our step involves motoring from downtown Pagosa Springs to the Upper Blanco Basin, commenting on points…