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Weather, rugged terrain hamper progress over the pass

Weather, rugged terrain hamper progress over the pass

We continue from last week with a first-person account of the first auto trip over Wolf Creek Pass when it opened in 1916. “When we got down into the flat…

Passing on Wolf Creek Pass: a terrifying experience

Passing on Wolf Creek Pass: a terrifying experience

We’ve been writing about the first automobile trip over Wolf Creek Pass when it opened in 1916, as described by Myrtle Hersch. We pick up today where we ended last…

Preparing to cross Wolf Creek Pass

Preparing to cross Wolf Creek Pass

Wolf Creek Pass officially opened Aug. 21, 1916. A Pagosa Springs resident crossed the new pass that first summer. Here, in the words of Myrtle Hersch, is the story of…

The building of Wolf Creek Pass

We’ve been writing about the replacement of the state-supported Elwood Pass route into Pagosa Springs across the San Juan Mountains. The Elwood Pass route had been destroyed by flood in…

Elwood Pass or Wolf Creek Pass? Surveys test the trails

Elwood Pass or Wolf Creek Pass? Surveys test the trails

We’ve been writing about how Wolf Creek Pass came to replace Elwood Pass as the main entryway across the San Juan Mountains into Pagosa Springs and the Four Corners area.…

Pagosa Springs celebrates 125 years

Pagosa Springs celebrates 125 years

Happy 125th Birthday, Pagosa Springs! The Pagosa Springs SUN printed a special presentation of narrative profiles of Pagosa Springs pioneers in celebration of the town’s centennial in 1991. The profiles…

How Wolf Creek Pass came to be

How Wolf Creek Pass came to be

We’ve been writing about Elwood Pass, an important entry route into Pagosa Country during pioneer times. Elwood Pass remained important and was maintained as a Colorado state highway until 1911,…

Crossing the San Juans on Elwood Pass

Crossing the San Juans on Elwood Pass

I’ve been writing about the first roads used by Pagosa Country pioneers to reach Pagosa Springs from the outside world. The focus has been on a road no longer in…

Winter in the mountains and a lost finger

Winter in the mountains and a lost finger

We’ve been talking about the first roads into Pagosa Springs used by the first settlers. We’ve described Elwood Pass, the first route across the San Juan Mountains east of Pagosa…

Mode of travel was horseback or by horse-pulled vehicles

Mode of travel was horseback or by horse-pulled vehicles

Entering and leaving Pagosa Springs was quite different in 1901 than it is today. First of all. even though the automobile was invented, I’m not aware that anyone in Pagosa…