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‘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…

Historical Society meeting set for Sunday

The San Juan Historical Society will hold its regular meeting on Sunday, Nov. 1, at 1 p.m. The meeting will be held at the offices of The Pagosa Springs SUN,…

A big boom and competing lumber companies

A big boom and competing lumber companies

As we reported last week, the lumber industry moved into Archuleta County big time circa 1895. The southern portion of Archuleta County was covered by huge stands of ponderosa pines,…

Logging and railroads in the San Juans

Logging and railroads in the San Juans

Rumors were circulating as early as 1878 that a broad gauge railroad line would soon be built through Pagosa Springs. It was known that survey crews were measuring every pass…

The first Catholic church in Pagosa Springs

The first Catholic church in Pagosa Springs

Erection of the first Catholic church in Pagosa Springs was announced in a September 1893 Pagosa News item which read, “The Catholics of this place have decided to build a…