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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…

An early description of Pagosa’s hot springs

An early description of Pagosa’s hot springs

We continue with a newspaper article written in November of 1880 describing a wagon trip between Animas City and the end of the westerly advancing Denver & Rio Grande Railroad,…

Slim pickings for hotels in early-day Pagosa

Slim pickings for hotels in early-day Pagosa

In last week’s column, we started quoting from a news article written in November of 1880 describing a wagon trip from Animas City to the end of the under-construction Denver…

The path from the Valley to Pagosa Country

The path from the Valley to Pagosa Country

I’ve been writing about the first settlements in Pagosa Country, particularly that part which became Archuleta County in 1885. I pointed out that all of the earliest settlements were along…

The early days in the Chromo area

The early days in the Chromo area

We’ve been talking about the earliest settlements in Pagosa Country. I tend to include the Summitville, Dulce, Lumberton and Tierra Amarilla areas as part of Pagosa Country in my thoughts…

More from a Pagosa pioneer

More from a Pagosa pioneer

We are continuing a narrative begun last week and written by Pioneer J. R. Scott. The narrative details the first settlers along the Piedra River and Yellowjacket Creek in the…

An inn and a doodlebug dugout

An inn and a doodlebug dugout

Jay Randolph Scott was an early Pagosa Country pioneer, having arrived here in 1880. He first settled along the old Pagosa/Durango stage coach road a little west of the Piedra…

Elections, allegations, mobs and mayhem

Charles D. Scase was one of the earliest settlers in Pagosa Springs. He had been born Sept. 24, 1846, near Albany, N.Y., and moved to Denver at an early age.…