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Amargo falls in a ‘dastardly’ way, Lumberton begins

Amargo falls in a ‘dastardly’ way, Lumberton begins

In the July 1893 edition of the Pagosa News, we learn how the town of Lumberton got started and the town of Amargo met its demise. Both towns are important…

The county’s first library and a year of progress and building

The county’s first library and a year of progress and building

The first library in Archuleta County was described in this December 1892 news item in the Pagosa News: “At the Sunday School session next Sunday, the new library books will…

1892: A new church, mining claims, timber and more

1892: A new church, mining claims, timber and more

In May of 1892, The Pagosa Springs News reported: “Pagosa Springs will hereafter constitute a charge of the Methodist Episcopal Church and Rev. H. Harpst will be the resident minister.…

The news and ads in 1891

The following items appeared in the Pagosa News during the early 1890s. During September 1891, the News reported, “The property in this town belonging to Capt. M. H. Insley and…

Pagosa Country in the 1890s and the disappearing Wild West

Pagosa Country in the 1890s and the disappearing Wild West

We’ve been reporting news items written in the Pagosa Springs newspaper during the early 1890s. Today’s selected items give the reader a feeling for social events taking place at the…

Ownership of the hot springs: a cloudy issue

Ownership of the hot springs: a cloudy issue

We continue to list interesting news items taken from the 1891 Pagosa Springs News. The opening for settlement of the 6-square-mile military reservation surrounding Pagosa Springs was announced in the…

A time trip through Pagosa Springs

A time trip through Pagosa Springs

With today’s column, we begin a time trip through pioneer Pagosa Springs with Daniel Egger, editor and publisher of the brand new Pagosa Springs News, as tour guide. During the…

Pagosa’s first newspaper and Wild West tales

Pagosa’s first newspaper and Wild West tales

We have reported a series of election confrontations between Anglos and Hispanics for political control of Archuleta County. The events we reported took place in the first election after creation…

Pagosa Country’s last stagecoach holdup

Pagosa Country’s last stagecoach holdup

Pagosa Country’s last stagecoach holdup took place three miles south of town in September of 1892. Seventeen-year-old Alfred Black was driving the mail wagon, a hack, bound from Pagosa Springs…

The last stagecoach holdup

The last stagecoach holdup

We’ve been writing about lawlessness during the pioneering days of Pagosa Country settlement. We continue that venue today by describing the last stagecoach holdup. Before getting into the story, I…

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