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Sounds of building as the Army rolls in

Sounds of building as the Army rolls in

The sounds of hammers, saws and axes must have filled the mountain air of Pagosa Springs soon after the soldiers from the 15th Infantry marched into town on Oct. 18,…

Historian to talk about railroads in Southwest Colorado

By Joe Lewandowski Special to The SUN Railroad buffs who want to learn more about the old lines in Southwest Colorado should plan on attending a history talk at 6…

Early writings describe Ute camps and natural beauty

Early writings describe Ute camps and natural beauty

We continue from last week, when we were quoting from memoirs left by Joseph W. Picket, a minister who described the Pagosa Hot Springs in June of 1878. “June 8…

Pagosa’s first post office opened in 1878

Pagosa’s first post office opened in 1878

One could say that Pagosa Springs started as a town on June 5, 1878, when the first post office opened for business. The first postmaster was Joseph Clarke, who had…

Peace did not come with the new reservation

Peace did not come with the new reservation

As increasing numbers of settlers and miners occupied the southwest corner of Colorado, including the San Juan Mountains, during the 1870s, tension between the newcomers and the Southern Utes also…

Game grew scarce, leading to threat of war

Game grew scarce, leading to threat of war

During the early years of settlement in Pagosa Country, the naturally occurring wild game such as deer, elk, sheep and antelope nearly disappeared. The cause is obvious, and relates to…

Center of Southwest Studies to open fashion exhibit

By Julie Tapley-Booth Special to The PREVIEW The museum at the Center of Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College will celebrate the opening reception of “One Bead at a Time:…

Tempers flared when miners crossed Indian country

We continue from last week. In 1874, E.H. Ruffner from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reported, “The consequences of war with the powerful and intelligent tribe occupying the entire…

Confrontations occurred when prospectors trespassed on Ute land

Confrontations occurred when prospectors trespassed on Ute land

When prospectors first started exploring the San Juans for gold during the 1860s, they bumped into the Ute Indians. The Utes were unhappy because the prospectors were trespassing on land…

‘Star Spangled Quilts’ on display

‘Star Spangled Quilts’ on display

By Shari Pierce Special to The PREVIEW Our town’s water needs were served in years past by the water plant that is now a part of the historical society museum.…