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Spring of 1879 arrives at Fort Lewis

Spring of 1879 arrives at Fort Lewis

In March 1879, Capt. Francis F. Dodge was commander of the newly constructed Fort Lewis in Pagosa Springs. The permanent buildings built of logs occupied what is now the main…

Center of Southwest Studies to host author of ‘The Emerald Mile’

By Julie Tapley-Booth Special to The SUN The Center of Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College will host “The Emerald Mile” author Kevin Fedarko on Thursday, Sept. 11, at 6…

Mail delivery was challenging in 1879

Mail delivery was challenging in 1879

Capt. Francis F. Dodge, commander of Company D, 9th cavalry, assumed command of Fort Lewis in Pagosa Springs Jan. 8, 1879. At that time, Fort Lewis was garrisoned with two…

Homemakers to hear genealogy presentation

By Denny Rose Special to The PREVIEW The Mountain View Homemakers Club will meet Thursday, Sept. 11, at 11:30 a.m. to visit and get lunch set up at the CSU…

Include a visit to the museum in your plans

Include a visit to the museum in your plans

By Shari Pierce Special to The PREVIEW As you are planning your family weekend — maybe a trip to the park, a visit to the folk festival, floating down the…

Post doctor was probably Pagosa’s first doctor

Post doctor was probably Pagosa’s first doctor

In recent columns, we have described the difficulty the army had in obtaining food and forage for their horses during the winter of 1878, their first in Pagosa Springs. This…

Man, beast received short rations in winter of 1878

Man, beast received short rations in winter of 1878

Construction of Fort Lewis in Pagosa Springs began with the arrival of the first troops in October 1878. A special Pagosa winter arrived soon after the troops. The deep snow…

Chimney Rock Interpretive Association to hold potluck

By Nadia Werby Special to The SUN The public is invited to attend the Chimney Rock Interpretive Association (CRIA) monthly potluck on Thursday, Aug. 14, at the Ross Aragon Community…

Brutal winter made travel, correspondence difficult

Brutal winter made travel, correspondence difficult

U.S. Army units consisting of elements of B Company of the 15th Infantry and Company D, 9th Cavalry spent the winter of 1878 at the newly constructed and still unfinished…

Winter of 1878 descended on fort with special fury

Winter of 1878 descended on fort with special fury

Troops to build and staff Fort Lewis in Pagosa Springs in late 1878 were very busy, just ahead of what was to be an especially cold winter. Construction of quarters…

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