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How Wolf Creek Pass came to be

How Wolf Creek Pass came to be

We’ve been writing about Elwood Pass, an important entry route into Pagosa Country during pioneer times. Elwood Pass remained important and was maintained as a Colorado state highway until 1911,…

Crossing the San Juans on Elwood Pass

Crossing the San Juans on Elwood Pass

I’ve been writing about the first roads used by Pagosa Country pioneers to reach Pagosa Springs from the outside world. The focus has been on a road no longer in…

Winter in the mountains and a lost finger

Winter in the mountains and a lost finger

We’ve been talking about the first roads into Pagosa Springs used by the first settlers. We’ve described Elwood Pass, the first route across the San Juan Mountains east of Pagosa…

Mode of travel was horseback or by horse-pulled vehicles

Mode of travel was horseback or by horse-pulled vehicles

Entering and leaving Pagosa Springs was quite different in 1901 than it is today. First of all. even though the automobile was invented, I’m not aware that anyone in Pagosa…

Taking a look at booming year of 1901

Taking a look at booming year of 1901

Most of the businesses in Pagosa Springs during the booming year of 1901 were located in what is now known as the “Old Town” down by the river. Mostly built…

Logging and lumber mills created communities

Logging and lumber mills created communities

The spread of logging and lumber mills across Archuleta County following the arrival of the railroad created a number of communities across the county. Each lumber mill had its own…

Prosperity rolls into Pagosa Country

Prosperity rolls into Pagosa Country

Folks in Pagosa Country were so enthused in 1900 over the economic future of their homeland, they conducted not one, but two masquerade balls at the end of the year…

Nothing came of the Omaha Mine

Nothing came of the Omaha Mine

Starting circa 1860, the first pioneers to settle in the San Juan mountains were prospectors and miners looking and finding gold and silver. The first communities were close to where…

Coming of the railroad to Pagosa Springs

Coming of the railroad to Pagosa Springs

The fledgling town of Pagosa Junction was less than one year old in June of 1900, yet, according to The News, it was home to 300 people. Calling the town…

The railroad was coming to town

Pagosa Springs was a busy place in 1900. The Pagosa News reported the erection of several business buildings and residences. In an April 27 item, The News noted, “The Pagosa…

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