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Where did the early settlers live?

Where did the early settlers live?

We’ve been writing about the fact that the first settlers in Pagosa Country lived along the then-existing travel routes. We’ve described the most easterly of those entrances from the east,…

Entering Pagosa from the east

Entering Pagosa from the east

Before and during the first years of settlement in Pagosa Country, the most used entry route from the east was the Elwood Pass Road. This route crossed the Continental Divide…

More early routes to Pagosa Country

More early routes to Pagosa Country

Last week, we pointed out that the first settlers in Archuleta County built their homes along existing travel routes. Then we began a discussion of the first north/south routes through…

Entering Pagosa Country: the early routes

Entering Pagosa Country: the early routes

Pagosa Country’s first pioneers settled along the roads that already passed through what was to become Archuleta County. The major north-south road entered from New Mexico Territory. The points of…

Why not Pagosa Springs?

Fired with unabashed enthusiasm, pioneers began permanent settlement in Pagosa Country in 1876 and in Pagosa Springs in 1877. They entered with a variety of skills and hopes. The greatest…

Settling Pagosa Country: From gold to treaties, forts and more

Settling Pagosa Country: From gold to treaties, forts and more

Affairs concerning the settlement of Pagosa Country during the 1870s were a bit confusing and subject to change. The discovery of gold at various places in the San Juans starting…

From Army posts to Juanita

From Army posts to Juanita

The first Army post built near Pagosa Springs was Camp Plummer, established Nov. 6, 1866, near Tierra Amarilla in New Mexico Territory, a few miles south of the Pagosa Hot…

Treaties and changing territories

Treaties and changing territories

The early years of contact between Utes and whites were governed by a series of treaties, beginning with the Calhoun Treaty of 1849 in which the United States promised to…

Genealogical Society to look at American Revolution connections

By April Holthaus Special to The PREVIEW Farmer, milkmaid, Indian scout? Did you have an ancestor in the mid to late 1700s who was impacted by our American Revolution? The…

Trapping and trading come to Pagosa Country

Trapping and trading come to Pagosa Country

Fur trappers started working the waters of Pagosa Country circa 1820. The first trappers, appropriately called the Taos trappers because they worked out of Taos, entered New Mexico and this…

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