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The race is on, with Billy Kern in the running

The race is on, with Billy Kern in the running

We continue with Pagosa pioneer Billy Kern’s involvement in the Denver Post’s Great Endurance Horse Race in 1908 from Evanston, Wyo., to Denver, a distance of 600 miles. As we…

1908: the year of the Great Horse Race

1908: the year of the Great Horse Race

Since man first started riding horses, there has always been the question, “Which horse is fastest?” The year of 1908 went down in history as the year of the Great…

An escort and a trial

An escort and a trial

We continue with the story of Sheriff Billy Kern and the Montoya/Howe Sheepmen’s Cattlemen’s War. Cattleman William Howe is dead and sheepman Juan de Dios Montoya, wounded by a bullet…

Montoya/Howe Sheepmen’s-Cattlemen’s War and its aftermath

Last week we began the story of the Montoya/Howe Sheepmen’s-Cattlemen’s War. As we closed last week, William Howe, his brother Abe Howe and Old Joe Mann were sitting in William…

Sheriff Billy Kern and the Sheepmen’s-Cattlemen’s War

Sheriff Billy Kern and the Sheepmen’s-Cattlemen’s War

Six guns and buffalo rifles blazed on the West Fork of the San Juan River in August of 1892. In later years, old-timers here referred to the shootout as the…

Genealogy group to hear about ‘Isle of Hope: The Story of Ellis Island’

By April Holthaus Special to The PREVIEW The very foundation of America is built upon immigrants, and the most famous name associated with immigration is Ellis Island, where millions of…

Genealogy group to hear about ‘Isle of Hope: The Story of Ellis Island’

By April Holthaus Special to The PREVIEW The very foundation of America is built upon immigrants, and the most famous name associated with immigration is Ellis Island, where millions of…

Billy Kern’s fateful mail trip

Billy Kern’s fateful mail trip

Pagosa Springs was full of interesting characters during its “Cowboy Days.” One of those characters was Billy Kern. Kern was not a character because of his personal weirdness. He was…

Emmet Wirt: cowboy, business owner, agent, shooter

Emmet Wirt: cowboy, business owner, agent, shooter

In last week’s column, we described how three cowboys from New Mexico hurrahed an open house celebration conducted by Archuleta County Sheriff Billy Kern in Pagosa Springs. Later, after Emmet…

An overly heated housewarming party

An overly heated housewarming party

Back in the day when you’d have entered Pagosa Springs riding a horse or a horse-drawn carriage or maybe a stage coach, you’d have found the “downtown” business section planted…