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The O’Neals: From Texas to New Mexico, to Pagosa Country

The O’Neals: From Texas  to New Mexico, to Pagosa Country

Last week we wrote about Fount and James O’Neal, born in Texas, but participants in a story-book journey ending in Colorado’s San Juan Basin in 1876. The O’Neal story has…

Nossaman, O’Neal, Oliver — history in a name

Nossaman, O’Neal, Oliver — history in a name

Dr. A. J. Nossaman was one of 13 children born to Wellington and Sarah Nossaman in Pella, Iowa. Several of the Nossaman children moved to the San Juans at an…

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

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.…