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Build a cabin — burn it down

Last week, we were retelling the story of Welch Nossaman, the man who built the first log cabin in Pagosa Springs. The year was 1876.  Nossaman spent the winter in…

Welch Nossaman — one of the first settlers

Welch Nossaman — one of the first settlers

Welch Nossaman may have been the first permanent settler in Pagosa Springs. He was born April 2, 1851, in Pella, Iowa, and died Dec. 22, 1933, in Albuquerque, N.M., at…

A confrontation with Colorow

A confrontation with Colorow

Welch Nossaman built the first log cabin in Pagosa Springs. The year was 1876. Nossaman spent the winter in his new cabin. Now, it was spring. A band of Utes…

Newton — a prominent name in the early days

Newton — a prominent name in the early days

Whitney Newton Sr. was born in Ripon, Wisc., April 5, 1858. He moved with his family to Freeport, Ill., in 1868, and to Denver in 1871. His father, Ezra Newton,…

Promise of riches brings pioneers to Pagosa Country

Promise of riches brings pioneers to Pagosa Country

Gold was a strong attraction during Pagosa Country’s pioneer years. When Hartley C. Metcalf, while living in Denver in 1873, heard of gold in the San Juan Mountains, he outfitted…

A record of some of Pagosa’s earliest settlers

A record of some of Pagosa’s earliest settlers

Edward McIntire was one of Pagosa Country’s earliest settlers. Born Sept. 23, 1850, at Vincennes, Ind., he moved to Colorado in 1863 and to Pagosa Springs in 1878. In Pagosa…

There were many buildings, but few remain

Town boards of the Pagosa Country frontier during the early 1900s gathered support money from wherever they could find it. During those early years no property or sales taxes were…

Reservoir Hill, fire protection and a flood

  Between 1900 and 1910, Pagosa Springs was a booming, developing community. Prosperity fueled by two large lumber companies provided jobs and propelled modernization. The railroad came to town, literally.…

Country schools and city water

Country schools and city water

Many of Pagosa Country’s early residents maintained a ranch in the country and a home in town. This arrangement was especially favorable for families with children attending the public school.…

Citizen’s Bank — one of Pagosa’s oldest businesses

In May of 1908, the Pagosa Springs town board discussed what actions should be taken as a result of the loss of money deposited at First Bank of Pagosa Springs.…