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Crossing Wolf Creek Pass in 1916

Crossing Wolf Creek Pass in 1916

Motter’s note: a few years ago, Marguerite graciously provided me with a typed copy of this story. Among the first to cross newly opened Wolf Creek Pass in the family…

An epic journey over Wolf Creek Pass

An epic journey over Wolf Creek Pass

The first folks to drive over Wolf Creek Pass in 1916 made what was at that time an epic journey. I am fortunate to have an eye-witness account of that…

Pagosa Country in the early years

Pagosa Country in the early years

It’s probably safe to say the town of Pagosa Springs started on June 5 of 1878 because that’s when the first post office opened for business. Somehow, the name Joe…

Hot springs, hot water and high hopes

Hot springs, hot water and high hopes

Ownership of the bubbling hot waters known as the Pagosa Hot Springs has always been a source of contention from the beginning of recorded history for this area. As we…

Hot water, hot springs and high hopes

Hot water, hot springs and high hopes

This week we conclude the story we started based on a memoir Nellie Pollock Snyder received from her mother. The memoir described an 1861 visit to the Great Pagosa Hot…

The first settlers

The first settlers

In 1876, Pagosa Country’s first settlers located along the road connecting Tierra Amarilla and the lower Animas Valley, where Durango is today. In the southern part of what today is…

Hot water, hot springs and high hopes

Hot water, hot springs and high hopes

We continue the history of the Great Pagosa Hot Springs intent on describing the competition among white settlers for ownership of the Springs. First, I’d like our readers to see…

Hot water, hot springs and high hopes

Hot water, hot springs and high hopes

One of the best-loved stories buried in Pagosa Country history tells of a knife fight between Albert Pfeiffer and a huge Navajo brave for ownership of the Great Pagosa Hot…

Hot water, hot springs and high hopes

Hot water, hot springs and high hopes

It has been well documented that before the white man shouldered his way into Pagosa Country, the Great Pagosa Hot Springs were a source of awe to the resident native…

Hot water, hot springs and high hopes

Hot water, hot springs and high hopes

In last week’s column, we reported the braggado of Daniel Egger, editor of Pagosa Springs’ first newspaper started in April of 1890. Egger proved to be an excellent promoter of…

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