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Pagosa Country pioneers: E.M. Taylor

Pagosa Country pioneers: E.M. Taylor

We’ve been writing during recent weeks about Pagosa Country pioneers who had a major influence on local history. Last week we completed a series focused on Ethereal Thomas Walker, who…

A battle for power in Pagosa Country

A battle for power in Pagosa Country

Last week we presented a first-hand account of the political shenanigans that took place during the first county election conducted in 1886 for county officers. This account was written many…

An eyewitness account of early Archuleta County election fraud

John Taylor, head of Archuleta County schools, wrote his memoirs years after leaving Archuleta County. He leaves us a good picture of the Anglo viewpoint concerning the election fraud alleged…

An eyewitness account of early Archuleta County election fraud

An eyewitness account of early Archuleta County election fraud

John Taylor, head of Archuleta County schools, wrote his memoirs years after leaving Archuleta County. He leaves us a good picture of the Anglo viewpoint concerning the election fraud alleged…

‘Citizens of Archuleta County desire to change their name to Logan County’

‘Citizens of Archuleta County desire to change their name to Logan County’

We’ve just begun a series of columns describing the conflict between Hispanics and Anglos for control of Archuleta County following the first election of county officials in1886. We’ve been quoting…

A contentious county creation

A contentious county creation

The county election of officers in 1886 triggered a series of bitter confrontations between Hispanics and Anglos that stimulated newspaper articles and comments across the state. It even led to…

One of the most interesting things about pioneers? Their names

One of the most interesting things about pioneers? Their names

One of the most interesting characteristics of Pagosa Country’s pioneers was the names they were forced to use all of their lives. I’m not talking about “A boy named Sue.”…

The Great Horse Race of 1908 comes to an end

The Great Horse Race of 1908 comes to an end

This week we conclude the story of the Great Horse Race of 1908 sponsored by the Denver Post. The race started in Evanston, Wyo., and ended in Denver. All manner…

As the race wears on, Old Man Kern pushes for the lead

As the race wears on, Old Man Kern pushes for the lead

We’re continuing to write about The Great Horse Race sponsored by the Denver Post and run in 1908 between Evanston, Wyo., and Denver. The race pitted the endurance of western…

The race continues over the Continental Divide

We’ve been writing about a 600-mile horse race from Evanston in the southwest corner of Wyoming to the Colorado capital city of Denver that took place in May and June…