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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,…

A flashback to 1879 Pagosa Springs

A flashback to 1879 Pagosa Springs

If a visitor to Pagosa Springs today could flash back in time to the Pagosa Springs of 1879, the change would be startling. Of course, a John Wayne movie fan…

Recollections: Pagosa Country in the late 1800s

Recollections: Pagosa Country in the late 1800s

We’ve been writing from the recollections of C.W. “Will” Price, who came to Pagosa Springs with his family as a teenager in 1879. Will was the son of Barzillai Price,…

Settlers move in at record pace

Settlers move in at record pace

Pagosa Country settlers in 1879 were nervous and watchful as Anglo/Ute relationships threatened to explode into open warfare. Despite the threat, newcomers settled in Pagosa Springs at a record pace,…