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Platoro and thinking like a rabbit

A third branch of this road taking off at the top of Elwood Pass heads to Platoro, which is an old mining town with Platoro Lake right above it. A…

Platoro and thinking like a rabbit

Platoro and thinking like a rabbit

A third branch of this road taking off at the top of Elwood Pass heads to Platoro, which is an old mining town with Platoro Lake right above it. A…

A back road trip to Summitville

A back road trip to Summitville

Lots of folks like to drive back roads in Pagosa Country looking at the scenery and hoping for a glimpse of deer, elk, maybe a bear or a mountain lion,…

Old Joe Mann: Doing what he had to do

Old Joe Mann was one of the first settlers to enter Pagosa Country. I don’t know when he came to Pagosa Country, but it might have been earlier than 1870.…

Old Joe Mann: Doing what he had to do

Old Joe Mann: Doing what he had to do

Old Joe Mann was one of the first settlers to enter Pagosa Country. I don’t know when he came to Pagosa Country, but it might have been earlier than 1870.…

Dutch Henry Born settles down in the San Juans

Dutch Henry Born settles down in the San Juans

Born’s Lake is one of the more remote, pristine properties in the local area. It is located north of Pagosa Springs in Mineral County near the headwaters of the West…

The legendary ‘Dutch’ Henry Born

The legendary ‘Dutch’ Henry Born

There was a time when the name “Dutch” Henry Born was known throughout the West. The facts of Dutch Henry’s life are interspersed with a considerable amount of questionable information.…

Following the O’Neal party and Henry Gordon on Pecos Trail

We continue the story of Henry Gordon, whose life spanned the cowboy history of the Old West. As we reported last week, Gordon joined a number of other cowboys in…

Following the O’Neal party and Henry Gordon on Pecos Trail

Following the O’Neal party and Henry Gordon on Pecos Trail

We continue the story of Henry Gordon, whose life spanned the cowboy history of the Old West. As we reported last week, Gordon joined a number of other cowboys in…

From Fil Byrne to Henry Gordon’s cattle drive through the Wild West

We’re writing about Fil Byrne, Pagosa pioneer and first school teacher. I don’t know what Byrne’s education was, but I suspect he was a high school graduate and that was…