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An indictment for riot and a dismissal of charges

An indictment for riot and a dismissal of charges

We wrote last week about the friction between Anglos and Hispanics for control of the government of newly formed Archuleta County. When the first elected county officials met to organize…

Trouble with the county commissioners

Trouble with the county commissioners

When Archuleta County was organized in 1885, the first county officers were appointed by Gov. Benjamin Harrison Eaton. In 1886, an election was held for the first elected county officers.…

Early roads and an auction

Early roads and an auction

We’ve been writing about the first county road system created after the county was formed in 1885. Road locations are historically important because where the roads were, that’s where the…

The creation of Archuleta County

The creation of Archuleta County

The land which was to become Archuleta County had been part of Conejos County since the territory of Colorado was formed in 1861. Prior to the formation of the county…

Building a herd the illegal way

Building a herd the illegal way

A brand-blotting case or “rustling” or “grand larceny” was the big news in 1884. The Hoover Bros. accused the Brown Bros. of the cattle-stealing crime and produced nine cattle at…

Hot spring becomes private, gold teases investors

Hot spring becomes private, gold teases investors

Ownership of the Pagosa Hot Spring passed from the U.S. government to private owners in 1883. In that year, Henry Foote, an investor living in Del Norte, was awarded title…

Hardcore residents build a town

Hardcore residents build a town

When Pagosa Springs started in 1877/1878, the first settlers based their economic hopes on the expectations of being home to Fort Lewis and the Southern Ute Reservation, nearby gold, silver…

Economics and the first bath house

Economics and the first bath house

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…

More robberies by the Allison gang

More robberies by the Allison gang

“Another Stage Robbery.” So the Silverton newspaper reported in May of 1881. According to the story which followed the headline, the Allison gang held up the eastbound stage 4 miles…

Wild West gangs, just like the movies

Wild West gangs, just like the movies

We’ve been writing about the Wild West days of Pagosa’s history, circa 1881. Everything you ever saw in western movies was really happening in Pagosa Country, including shootouts in bars,…