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Prohibition and flooding on the horizon for Pagosa Country

Prohibition and flooding on the horizon for Pagosa Country

Opposition to drinking and alcoholism was on the rise in the Pagosa Springs of 1910. The adoption of prohibition was to take place not too many years later. Women took…

Pagosa’s first bank fails and another opens

Pagosa’s first bank fails and another opens

In 1908, Pagosa Springs’ first bank, appropriately called The First Bank of Pagosa Springs, failed. The bank did not fail because of local mismanagement or because of lack of local…

Pagosa’s early days: music, theater and more

Pagosa’s early days: music, theater and more

In the early days, circa 1900, Pagosa Springs had a band called the Columbine Band. A surprising number of community members played musical instruments. Naturally, because a band needs a…

Grappling with modernization

Grappling with modernization

Pagosa Springs grappled with modernization in 1901 by installing utilities such as a telephone system and a town water distribution system. On Nov. 9, 1901, a telephone ordinance was passed…

Natural resources and a glimmer of wealth

Natural resources and a glimmer of wealth

Back in the day, 1901 to be specific, Pagosa Country had its first glimmer of wealth when oil was presumably discovered. Local folks were excited because Pagosa never shared the…

Pagosa’s first bank opens its doors

Pagosa’s first bank opens its doors

During the early 1900s, Pagosa Springs acquired conveniences we take for granted today. Among those amenities were a bank, a flour mill, a telephone system, electricity, municipal water and geothermal…

The Adobe: From the Buckles and Schultz Hall to Los Banos Hotel

The Adobe: From the Buckles and Schultz Hall to Los Banos Hotel

The community suffered a sadness recently when the Bear Creek Saloon and Grill burned. When I moved to Pagosa Springs ca. 1970, the building was known as the Los Banos…

Genealogy group helping town update cemetery records

April Holthaus Special to The PREVIEW The Town Council of Pagosa Springs reached out to the Archuleta County Genealogical Society (ACGS) for help in updating cemetery records at Hilltop Cemetery.…

An entertaining account of early settlers

An entertaining account of early settlers

An early pioneer by the name of Jay Randolph Scott leaves us an early and entertaining description of the first settlers along U.S. 160 as it follows Yellow Jacket Creek…

The road to the west and a bachelor named Perkins

The road to the west and a bachelor named Perkins

Based on the premise that Pagosa Country’s first pioneers settled along the roads existing in the 1870s and 1880s, we’ve been describing those roads and naming the settlers. So far,…