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Dutch Henry Born: Wild West legend

Dutch Henry Born: Wild West legend

Any time a mixture of buffalo, bullets and bloodshed splattered across the wild and wooly Western frontier, it seemed inevitable that Dutch Henry Born would show up in company with…

Dutch Henry Born: Wild West legend

Dutch Henry Born: Wild West legend

This week’s chapter revealing the life of Dutch Henry could realistically be titled “Dutch Henry Born: The Greatest Horse Thief in the West.” As we learned last week, while Dutch…

Dutch Henry Born: Wild West legend

Dutch Henry Born: Wild West legend

We’ve promised to give you a look at the Wild West through the eyes of “Dutch” Henry Born, who lived his last years in Pagosa Country. Last week, we squinted…

Dutch Henry Born: Wild West legend

Dutch Henry Born: Wild West legend

Hidden deep in the mountains near the upstream birth of the West Fork of the San Juan River lives a Pagosa Country legend, Born’s Lake, and its first developer, “Dutch”…

Chicanery and the Tierra Amarilla Land Grant

Chicanery and the Tierra Amarilla Land Grant

Last week’s column featured the beginning of a dissertation on the Tierra Amarilla (TA) Land Grant, which included the southeastern part of Archuleta County we are referring to as the…

Banded Peaks country and the Tierra Amarilla Land Grant

Banded Peaks country and the Tierra Amarilla Land Grant

We have established that Cumbres Pass was the first pass across the south San Juan Mountains to be fully developed. This fact is important for our story featuring the history…

More history of Cumbres Pass

More history of Cumbres Pass

We continue this week describing the conditions prompting the finding and development of Cumbres Pass. The time was the early 1870s. During the early 1850s, the Army had fought a…

The history of Cumbres Pass

The history of Cumbres Pass

In last week’s column, we were on a journey to explore the Banded Peaks area comprising the southeastern corner of Archuleta County. We climbed into our vehicles and after motoring…

Reaching Banded Peaks Country

Reaching Banded Peaks Country

Several weeks ago, I started a column talking about the history of what I refer to as Banded Peaks Country — the extreme southeast corner of Archuleta County. Then, for…

‘A Bear and Two Tenderfeet’ continued

‘A Bear and Two Tenderfeet’ continued

We continue with the story of “A Bear and Two Tenderfeet” written by John Toner and published in The Pagosa Springs SUN in 1926. When we closed last week, Mr.…

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