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Taking a look at booming year of 1901

Taking a look at booming year of 1901

Most of the businesses in Pagosa Springs during the booming year of 1901 were located in what is now known as the “Old Town” down by the river. Mostly built…

Logging and lumber mills created communities

Logging and lumber mills created communities

The spread of logging and lumber mills across Archuleta County following the arrival of the railroad created a number of communities across the county. Each lumber mill had its own…

Prosperity rolls into Pagosa Country

Prosperity rolls into Pagosa Country

Folks in Pagosa Country were so enthused in 1900 over the economic future of their homeland, they conducted not one, but two masquerade balls at the end of the year…

Nothing came of the Omaha Mine

Nothing came of the Omaha Mine

Starting circa 1860, the first pioneers to settle in the San Juan mountains were prospectors and miners looking and finding gold and silver. The first communities were close to where…

Coming of the railroad to Pagosa Springs

Coming of the railroad to Pagosa Springs

The fledgling town of Pagosa Junction was less than one year old in June of 1900, yet, according to The News, it was home to 300 people. Calling the town…

The railroad was coming to town

Pagosa Springs was a busy place in 1900. The Pagosa News reported the erection of several business buildings and residences. In an April 27 item, The News noted, “The Pagosa…

The turning of the century in Pagosa Springs

The turning of the century in Pagosa Springs

During 1899, Schultz and Buckles, prominent citizens of the local community, purchased lots on Lewis Street and proposed to construct an adobe store building 50 feet by 50 feet and…

Taking on the ‘Political Octopus’

Taking on the ‘Political Octopus’

The Pagosa Springs economy perked up so much in 1899 that a second newspaper titled “The Pagosa Hot Springs weekly” began publication. News editor Daniel Egger did not exactly embrace…

‘Hoop la!’: The railroad comes to Pagosa

‘Hoop la!’: The railroad comes to Pagosa

Great progress was made in 1899 toward providing the services expected of a town. Launching the progress was the expectation that the Pagosa and Northern Railroad would soon arrive and…

‘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…