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Archuleta County in 1895: railroads and future wealth

Archuleta County in 1895: railroads and future wealth

During August of 1895, the Pagosa News reported that a route was surveyed from Edith to Pagosa Springs for the proposed railroad between those communities. From the mill on the…

Life in 1895: Modernization and healing

Life in 1895: Modernization and healing

Modernization was slow to come to Pagosa Springs, but it finally came. In 1895, the Pagosa Springs town board ordered street lamps. And, so, if you have old pictures of…

Historical Society meeting set for Sunday

The San Juan Historical Society will hold its regular meeting on Sunday, Nov. 1, at 1 p.m. The meeting will be held at the offices of The Pagosa Springs SUN,…

A big boom and competing lumber companies

A big boom and competing lumber companies

As we reported last week, the lumber industry moved into Archuleta County big time circa 1895. The southern portion of Archuleta County was covered by huge stands of ponderosa pines,…

Logging and railroads in the San Juans

Logging and railroads in the San Juans

Rumors were circulating as early as 1878 that a broad gauge railroad line would soon be built through Pagosa Springs. It was known that survey crews were measuring every pass…

The first Catholic church in Pagosa Springs

The first Catholic church in Pagosa Springs

Erection of the first Catholic church in Pagosa Springs was announced in a September 1893 Pagosa News item which read, “The Catholics of this place have decided to build a…

Amargo’s residents make a move

Amargo’s residents make a move

Last week, we began the story of how the New Mexico town of Lumberton started and how the older town of Amargo met its end. Amargo was founded circa 1880…

Amargo falls in a ‘dastardly’ way, Lumberton begins

Amargo falls in a ‘dastardly’ way, Lumberton begins

In the July 1893 edition of the Pagosa News, we learn how the town of Lumberton got started and the town of Amargo met its demise. Both towns are important…

The county’s first library and a year of progress and building

The county’s first library and a year of progress and building

The first library in Archuleta County was described in this December 1892 news item in the Pagosa News: “At the Sunday School session next Sunday, the new library books will…

1892: A new church, mining claims, timber and more

1892: A new church, mining claims, timber and more

In May of 1892, The Pagosa Springs News reported: “Pagosa Springs will hereafter constitute a charge of the Methodist Episcopal Church and Rev. H. Harpst will be the resident minister.…