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More early reports about the springs

More early reports about the springs

We have been writing about the 1859 visit to the Pagosa Hot Springs by Capt. John M. Macomb, a topographical engineer for the United States Army. Macomb’s expedition was accompanied…

An army expedition visits the hot springs

We’ve been writing for several weeks about the Pagosa hot springs, possibly the only reason the town of Pagosa Springs was created. The first description we have of the Pagosa…

Pfeiffer fights for the hot springs

Pfeiffer fights for the hot springs

We continue writing this week about the Pagosa Hot Springs, one of the principal reasons the town of Pagosa Springs is located where it is. The history of the hot…

A site of early-day healing … and tragedy

Columnist The Great Pagosa Hot Springs attracted the attention of U.S. Army medical experts as early as 1890. A Major Weaver, surgeon at the Home in Leavenworth, Kans., had much…

The ‘greatest health resort in the world’

The ‘greatest health resort in the world’

I’ve been writing for several weeks about the early days of the Great Pagosa Hot Springs. Last week, I quoted from an article in an 1883 Summitville newspaper that a…

A new bathhouse for some ailing soldiers

A new bathhouse for some ailing soldiers

We’ve been writing about the early days of the Pagosa Hot Springs. An item in the Summitville Nugget in August of 1883 reported “… the bath house has recently changed…

More on the early-day hot springs business

Columnist As we reported last week, the Pagosa Springs Company incorporated in November of 1883, operated the Great Pagosa Hot Springs until it went bankrupt and sold it to a…

Taking control of the hot springs

Taking control of the hot springs

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…

Shady doings with the springs

Shady doings with the springs

Thomas Blair opened the first public bath house near the Great Pagosa Hot Spring in May of 1881. It contained, “one large plunge fully four and one-half feet deep, and…

Innocent: homicide as public service

Innocent: homicide as public service

We continue our story from last week relating the contents of a newspaper article written in November of 1880 describing a wagon trip between Animas City and the end of…