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A questionable treaty, gold dust and presidential involvement

A questionable treaty, gold dust and presidential involvement

Ownership claims on the Pagosa Hot Springs had been filed as early as 1875. Those claims included attempts to obtain title under homestead laws and also under various mining laws.…

Blossoming despite disappointment

Blossoming despite disappointment

By May of 1881, Pagosa Springs could boast of its first public bathhouse, a frame building erected by Thomas Blair. It had a large plunge bath fully 4.5 feet deep…

Spielberg’s ‘Into the West’ now showing Thursdays at the Liberty Theatre

By Rachel Novak Special to The PREVIEW “Into the West” is a six-part miniseries directed by Steven Spielberg. The miniseries begins in the 1820s and is told mainly through the…

Bathing, the principle occupation in Pagosa

Bathing, the principle occupation in Pagosa

A visitor to Pagosa Springs in 1879 who thought there might be more bath houses than people left this witticism for posterity: “In our search for knowledge, and while rambling…

Historic Preservation Board to present ‘Into the West’ on the big screen

By Rachel Novak Special to The PREVIEW “Into the West” is a six-part miniseries directed by Steven Spielberg. The miniseries begins in the 1820s and is told mainly through the…

The old road and private bath houses

The old road and private bath houses

When mining activity increased along the upper valley of the Animas River in the San Juan Mountains following cessation of the Civil War, circa 1870, supporting communities sprouted and grew…

Learn about the many benefits of preserving your local history

By Rachel Novak Special to The PREVIEW The Historic Preservation Board, in coordination with the Town of Pagosa Springs, has prepared a community presentation with guest speakers from History Colorado,…

Historic Preservation Board to present ‘Into the West’ on the big screen

By Rachel Novak Special to The PREVIEW “Into the West” is a six-part miniseries directed by Steven Spielberg. The miniseries begins in the 1820s and is told mainly through the…

Taking a look at the hot springs in 1878

Taking a look at the hot springs in 1878

Army Engineer Capt. C.A.H. McCauley toured the fledgling Army military post in Pagosa Springs in the late fall of 1878. During his visit, he described “Red Man’s bathing houses.” These…

Journeying to Pagosa Springs

Journeying to Pagosa Springs

Following the conclusion of the Civil War, prospectors packed into the San Juan Mountains, searching for their personal El Dorado. Many of those early prospectors came by way of Baker’s…