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Military route over Elwood Pass never lived up to promise

Military route over Elwood Pass never lived up to promise

We have been quoting newspaper articles from neighboring communities reporting activities illuminating Pagosa Springs’ history during the formative year of 1879. The following article was in the May 24, 1879,…

Newspaper accounts of early days

Newspaper accounts of early days

We have been using newspaper articles from surrounding communities to describe events happening in Pagosa Springs prior to 1890, when the town got its first newspaper. From an April 12,…

Roads linking Pagosa Springs to the outside world

Roads linking Pagosa Springs to the outside world

Pagosa Springs had no newspaper until 1890. In order to learn what was happening in Pagosa Springs during the years of pioneer settlement prior to 1890, one must read the…

Buffalo Soldiers moved to Fort Garland

Buffalo Soldiers moved to Fort Garland

In recent weeks, we’ve been writing about the trials and tribulations of building and operating Fort Lewis in Pagosa Springs during the severe winter of 1878. This week, as the…

Spring of 1879 arrives at Fort Lewis

Spring of 1879 arrives at Fort Lewis

In March 1879, Capt. Francis F. Dodge was commander of the newly constructed Fort Lewis in Pagosa Springs. The permanent buildings built of logs occupied what is now the main…

Mail delivery was challenging in 1879

Mail delivery was challenging in 1879

Capt. Francis F. Dodge, commander of Company D, 9th cavalry, assumed command of Fort Lewis in Pagosa Springs Jan. 8, 1879. At that time, Fort Lewis was garrisoned with two…

Post doctor was probably Pagosa’s first doctor

Post doctor was probably Pagosa’s first doctor

In recent columns, we have described the difficulty the army had in obtaining food and forage for their horses during the winter of 1878, their first in Pagosa Springs. This…

Man, beast received short rations in winter of 1878

Man, beast received short rations in winter of 1878

Construction of Fort Lewis in Pagosa Springs began with the arrival of the first troops in October 1878. A special Pagosa winter arrived soon after the troops. The deep snow…

Brutal winter made travel, correspondence difficult

Brutal winter made travel, correspondence difficult

U.S. Army units consisting of elements of B Company of the 15th Infantry and Company D, 9th Cavalry spent the winter of 1878 at the newly constructed and still unfinished…

Winter of 1878 descended on fort with special fury

Winter of 1878 descended on fort with special fury

Troops to build and staff Fort Lewis in Pagosa Springs in late 1878 were very busy, just ahead of what was to be an especially cold winter. Construction of quarters…