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Men of the Martinez family

Men of the Martinez family

We’ve been writing about Emmett Martinez, a member of one of the prominent pioneering Hispanic families in Archuleta County. Before he passed away, I had the privilege of spending many…

Straight from the horse’s mouth

Straight from the horse’s mouth

As you might have guessed from my last column, I had the privilege during the late 1970s to talk with several Pagosa old-timers. Coffee was the favored lubricant for loosening…

Coffee, history and talking cowboy

Coffee and history seem to go together. I know that statement requires an explanation, so here goes. Way back in 1976, I was working at The Pagosa Springs SUN and…

Ballots, bullets and bloodshed: an apron of truce

Ballots, bullets and bloodshed: an apron of truce

For several weeks we’ve been reporting the bitter struggle between Anglos and Hispanics for control of the Archuleta County government in 1886, following the first county election when the Hispanics…

Summer Historic Preservation Series to continue in June

Summer Historic Preservation Series to continue in June

By Cindy Schultz Special to The SUN As Historic Preservation Month winds down for 2018, we reflect on our shared past and our shared experience(s). On May 16, the Town…

Ballots, bullets and bloodshed: ‘We had a dance that night’

Ballots, bullets and bloodshed: ‘We had a dance that night’

We’re in the middle of telling the true story of the battle between Gringos and Hispanics for control of the Archuleta County government. The county was created by the state…

Ballots, bullets and bloodshed: Siringo the suspect

Ballots, bullets and bloodshed: Siringo the suspect

Charlie Siringo, the most famous detective working for Pinkerton Detective Agency, the most famous detective agency in the Pioneer West, is on the job in 1886 working undercover in Archuleta…

Ballots, bullets and bloodshed: Charlie Siringo’s account

Ballots, bullets and bloodshed: Charlie Siringo’s account

Last week’s column ended with a description of how famous detective Charles Siringo had slipped into Pagosa Springs using an alias and infiltrated the cowboy side of the conflict between…

Open house, tour planned of Pagosa’s first historic designated landmark

By Cindy Schultz Special to The SUN The very first historic designated landmark in Pagosa Springs is the Water Works facility located at 96 1st St., also the site of…

Historic Preservation month celebration includes guided tour of Water Works and Rumbaugh Creek Bridge

By Cindy Schultz Special to The SUN Each May, Historic Preservation Month is recognized and celebrated across the country at national and state levels, as well as in rural communities,…