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The railroad was coming to town

Pagosa Springs was a busy place in 1900. The Pagosa News reported the erection of several business buildings and residences. In an April 27 item, The News noted, “The Pagosa…

The turning of the century in Pagosa Springs

The turning of the century in Pagosa Springs

During 1899, Schultz and Buckles, prominent citizens of the local community, purchased lots on Lewis Street and proposed to construct an adobe store building 50 feet by 50 feet and…

Taking on the ‘Political Octopus’

Taking on the ‘Political Octopus’

The Pagosa Springs economy perked up so much in 1899 that a second newspaper titled “The Pagosa Hot Springs weekly” began publication. News editor Daniel Egger did not exactly embrace…

‘Hoop la!’: The railroad comes to Pagosa

‘Hoop la!’: The railroad comes to Pagosa

Great progress was made in 1899 toward providing the services expected of a town. Launching the progress was the expectation that the Pagosa and Northern Railroad would soon arrive and…

‘Finally! At last! At last!’

‘Finally! At last! At last!’

The big news in Pagosa Springs in 1899 was the letting of contracts for the construction of a branch railroad from Gato water tank, soon to be known as Pagosa…

Pagosa in the late 1890s: the first church, a border city and more

Pagosa in the late 1890s: the first church, a border city and more

An article in “Field and Farm” listed the following agricultural production for Archuleta County during 1897: 36,000 bushels of grain, 18,000 tons of hay and 6,000 head of beef cattle.…

Archuleta County goes dry, tax revenue needed

Archuleta County goes dry, tax revenue needed

Whisperings of a change in public attitude toward one of the Old West’s most venerated institutions — saloons — appeared in the columns of the News in March of 1897.…

Pagosa Country dances out of 1895

Pagosa Country dances out of 1895

In November of 1895, Pagosa folks engaged in one of their favorite pastimes — dancing. This dance was held in Edith at the brand-new, state-of-the-art New Mexico Lumber Company mill.…

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…