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Promise of riches brings pioneers to Pagosa Country

Promise of riches brings pioneers to Pagosa Country

Gold was a strong attraction during Pagosa Country’s pioneer years. When Hartley C. Metcalf, while living in Denver in 1873, heard of gold in the San Juan Mountains, he outfitted…

A record of some of Pagosa’s earliest settlers

A record of some of Pagosa’s earliest settlers

Edward McIntire was one of Pagosa Country’s earliest settlers. Born Sept. 23, 1850, at Vincennes, Ind., he moved to Colorado in 1863 and to Pagosa Springs in 1878. In Pagosa…

There were many buildings, but few remain

Town boards of the Pagosa Country frontier during the early 1900s gathered support money from wherever they could find it. During those early years no property or sales taxes were…

Reservoir Hill, fire protection and a flood

Reservoir Hill, fire protection and a flood

  Between 1900 and 1910, Pagosa Springs was a booming, developing community. Prosperity fueled by two large lumber companies provided jobs and propelled modernization. The railroad came to town, literally.…

Country schools and city water

Country schools and city water

Many of Pagosa Country’s early residents maintained a ranch in the country and a home in town. This arrangement was especially favorable for families with children attending the public school.…

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…