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Hot spring becomes private, gold teases investors

Hot spring becomes private, gold teases investors

Ownership of the Pagosa Hot Spring passed from the U.S. government to private owners in 1883. In that year, Henry Foote, an investor living in Del Norte, was awarded title…

Hardcore residents build a town

Hardcore residents build a town

When Pagosa Springs started in 1877/1878, the first settlers based their economic hopes on the expectations of being home to Fort Lewis and the Southern Ute Reservation, nearby gold, silver…

Economics and the first bath house

Economics and the first bath house

Thomas Blair opened the first public bath house near the great Pagosa Hot Spring in May of 1881. It contained “one large plunge fully four and one-half feet deep, and…

More robberies by the Allison gang

More robberies by the Allison gang

“Another Stage Robbery.” So the Silverton newspaper reported in May of 1881. According to the story which followed the headline, the Allison gang held up the eastbound stage 4 miles…

History Colorado seeks nominations for Centennial Farms Award

By Shannon Haltiwanger Special to The PREVIEW History Colorado invites families who have owned and operated their Colorado farm or ranch for 100 years or more to nominate their property…

Wild West gangs, just like the movies

Wild West gangs, just like the movies

We’ve been writing about the Wild West days of Pagosa’s history, circa 1881. Everything you ever saw in western movies was really happening in Pagosa Country, including shootouts in bars,…

Lawlessness seeps into Pagosa Country

Lawlessness seeps into Pagosa Country

By January of 1881, two stage coach lines were running daily between the end of the Denver & Rio Grande narrow gauge railroad and Durango. The railroad was building westward…

An 1880s view of Chama

An 1880s view of Chama

We have been repeating an 1880 first-person description of a wagon ride from Animas City through Pagosa Springs and on to Chama. With today’s column, we conclude the description with…

The wagon trip continues, passes through Pagosa

The wagon trip continues, passes through Pagosa

We’ve been quoting a November 1880 description of a wagon trip from Animas City to the railhead at Chama. We stopped last week with the traveler spending the night at…

Genealogy society to meet Saturday

By April Holthaus Special to The PREVIEW Recently, one of the Archuleta County Genealogical Society’s club members has been tracing an interesting tidbit in her mother’s life story and discovered…