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Genealogy Society to welcome guest speaker Bea Espinosa

By April Holthaus Special to The PREVIEW The presence of Spanish-speaking peoples in what is now southern Colorado dates to before 1861, when the border between the New Mexico Territory…

Genealogy Society to welcome guest speaker Bea Espinosa

By April Holthaus Special to The PREVIEW The presence of Spanish-speaking peoples in what is now southern Colorado dates to before 1861, when the border between the New Mexico Territory…

Cruising into the future

Cruising into the future

By the 1910s, trucks and cars were showing up on the local scene in increasing numbers. For example, Galbreath Tie and Lumber Co. purchased a 55-horsepower diamond-T truck in August…

Did you know? Pagosa history trivia

Did you know? Pagosa history trivia

Pagosa history trivia No. 1: Did you know that Gen. John J. “Black Jack” Pershing once owned two lots on Lewis Street in Pagosa Springs? For those who don’t remember…

Cement sidewalks and a new bank

In 1906, the Pagosa Springs town board ordered a cement sidewalk built on Pagosa Street. Prior to this order, all sidewalks downtown had been built of wood. And in May…

Pagosa lumbers into the 20th century

Pagosa lumbers into the 20th century

Two large lumber manufacturing companies were harvesting logs and exporting timber as Pagosa Country entered the 20th century. Each of these companies was among the largest, most modern, and best…

A new understanding of old-timers

A new understanding of old-timers

This week I’m weaving a little history of my personal life into my column. I’ll be 83 in March and have camped out in Pagosa Country for about 50 of…

Years of growth and progress

Years of growth and progress

The early 1900s were years of growth and progress for Pagosa Country. The Rio Grande and Pagosa Springs Railroad had laid track across Coyote Park to the vicinity of Boone…

Activists, prohibition and automobiles in Pagosa Country

Activists, prohibition and automobiles in Pagosa Country

The Women’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) formed in the late 1800s as a powerful nationwide organization dedicated to, among other things, women’s suffrage, religion and the prohibition of drinking alcoholic…

After the flood: from calamity to humor

After the flood: from calamity to humor

We’ve been writing about the 1911 flood, the worst natural disaster in recorded Pagosa Country history. The disaster began with an innocent-looking, drizzling rain on Wednesday, Oct. 4, 1911. By…