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The road to the west and a bachelor named Perkins

The road to the west and a bachelor named Perkins

Based on the premise that Pagosa Country’s first pioneers settled along the roads existing in the 1870s and 1880s, we’ve been describing those roads and naming the settlers. So far,…

Haunted house to support historic building repairs

By Briana Stewart Special to The SUN The Winding Stairs Haunted House will be open for a creepy good time this 2016 season. The full version of this story is…

The exploits of ‘Dutch’ Henry Born

The exploits of ‘Dutch’ Henry Born

By the late 1870s or early 1880s, S.J. Berlin and Asa Pangborn had taken up land on the west fork of the San Juan River. Both were Summitville miners. Berlin…

Where did the early settlers live?

Where did the early settlers live?

We’ve been writing about the fact that the first settlers in Pagosa Country lived along the then-existing travel routes. We’ve described the most easterly of those entrances from the east,…

Entering Pagosa from the east

Entering Pagosa from the east

Before and during the first years of settlement in Pagosa Country, the most used entry route from the east was the Elwood Pass Road. This route crossed the Continental Divide…

More early routes to Pagosa Country

More early routes to Pagosa Country

Last week, we pointed out that the first settlers in Archuleta County built their homes along existing travel routes. Then we began a discussion of the first north/south routes through…

Entering Pagosa Country: the early routes

Entering Pagosa Country: the early routes

Pagosa Country’s first pioneers settled along the roads that already passed through what was to become Archuleta County. The major north-south road entered from New Mexico Territory. The points of…

Why not Pagosa Springs?

Fired with unabashed enthusiasm, pioneers began permanent settlement in Pagosa Country in 1876 and in Pagosa Springs in 1877. They entered with a variety of skills and hopes. The greatest…

Settling Pagosa Country: From gold to treaties, forts and more

Settling Pagosa Country: From gold to treaties, forts and more

Affairs concerning the settlement of Pagosa Country during the 1870s were a bit confusing and subject to change. The discovery of gold at various places in the San Juans starting…

From Army posts to Juanita

From Army posts to Juanita

The first Army post built near Pagosa Springs was Camp Plummer, established Nov. 6, 1866, near Tierra Amarilla in New Mexico Territory, a few miles south of the Pagosa Hot…