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

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.…

With prosperity, Pagosa’s first bank, geothermal well

With prosperity, Pagosa’s first bank, geothermal well

Fueled by a booming lumber industry, Pagosa Country’s economy grew by leaps and bounds during 1901. A man by the name of F. A. Collins started Pagosa Springs’ first bank,…

Battles and scoundrels of all sorts

Battles and scoundrels of all sorts

We’ve been writing of the struggle between Hispanics and Anglos for control of the county government. The struggle took place between formation of the county in 1885 and the early…

The battle continues for control of county government

We’ve been writing about early politics in Archuleta County, when Hispanics and Anglos battled each other for control of county government. As late as the early 1890s, Daniel Egger, editor…

Racial conflicts, violence taint early Pagosa politics

In the Nov. 29 column, we started talking about the family of Pagosa Country pioneer Jose Benedito Martinez. This particular Martinez family, along with the Archuleta family for whom the…

Candelerita Maestas — 105 years in Colorado

Candelerita Maestas  — 105 years in Colorado

Candelerita (Grandma Lala) Maestas was born to Rafael and Benina Maestas Valdez Feb. 2, 1859, at San Pedro, Colo. She died June 27, 1964, having lived 105 years in Colorado,…

The Macht family: Pagosa pioneers

The biographies this week are only of the Macht family, prominent ranchers in Pagosa Country since the 1880s and still going strong. The Macht family history is typical of the…

Vicenti Lujan, legendary cowboy and plainsman

Vicenti Lujan’s life contained all of the elements that excite people fond of western movies. He was a veteran cowboy and plainsman who, for 15 years, worked for the Thatcher…

The Lowensteins establish a landmark

Fanny Rapp Lowenstein was born Sept. 23, 1861, in New York City, and died at Pagosa Springs Aug. 15, 1919. She came West in 1882, settling in Lake City with…

Pioneer barber builds a town hall

Abner J. Lewis was born in Rockville, Ind., in 1847, the son of George A. and Mary (Hamilton) Lewis. As a boy, he learned to be a drummer, baker and…