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Pagosa’s Past: Chief Ouray: chief spokesman for the Utes

Pagosa’s Past: Chief Ouray: chief spokesman for the Utes

By John M. Motter PREVIEW Columnist I have been writing about the history of the Southern Utes, our Native American neighbors to the west of Pagosa Springs. I’ve described a…

Pagosa’s Past: The Meeker Massacre

Pagosa’s Past: The Meeker Massacre

By John M. Motter PREVIEW Columnist This week’s column is continued from last week. We’ve been writing about the creation in 1878-1879 of the Southern Ute Indian Agency in Ignacio.…

Pagosa’s Past: Another agreement with the Southern Utes

Pagosa’s Past: Another agreement with the Southern Utes

By John M. Motter PREVIEW Columnist We’ve been writing about the Southern Utes of Ignacio and their contacts with the white settlers of Colorado during 1876.  The Utes were unhappy…

Pagosa’s Past: Pioneers and Ute Indians

Pagosa’s Past: Pioneers and Ute Indians

By John M. Motter PREVIEW Columnist We’ve been writing about the relationship between native Ute Indians and European settlers pre-1850 in the Rocky Mountains. By 1868, after a series of…

Pagosa’s Past: Fort Lewis, Fort Massachusetts, Fort Garland and Fort Lowell

Pagosa’s Past: Fort Lewis, Fort Massachusetts, Fort Garland and Fort Lowell

By John M. Motter PREVIEW Columnist In the early days when white and Hispanic settlers first started exploring San Juan Country in search of gold, the Southern Utes they found…

Pagosa’s Past: Government treaties and the Utes

Pagosa’s Past: Government treaties and the Utes

By John M. Motter PREVIEW Columnist During Pagosa Country’s pioneer days, relations between the invading whites and the Utes followed a precedent repeated frequently across the North American continent: encroachment…

Pagosa’s Past: Searching for gold in Colorado

Pagosa’s Past: Searching for gold in Colorado

By John M. Motter PREVIEW Columnist In 1859, thousands of Americans stampeded into the Denver area. The Pikes Peak gold rush was on. Many of the prospectors looking for gold…

Pagosa’s Past: Entering Ute Country

Pagosa’s Past: Entering Ute Country

By John M. Motter PREVIEW Columnist The Spanish government tried to prevent unauthorized trade with the Utes. Spanish frontiersmen living in remote frontier outposts such as Abiquiu tended to ignore…

Pagosa’s Past: A look at the Southern Utes

Pagosa’s Past: A look at the Southern Utes

By John M. Motter PREVIEW Columnist Pagosa is a Ute Indian word meaning “stinking waters.” It is appropriate that Pagosa Country was named by and for the Ute Indians. When…

Pagosa’s Past: The Basketmakers and the Great Basin

Pagosa’s Past: The Basketmakers and the Great Basin

By John M. Motter PREVIEW Columnist We’ve been writing about our neighbors, the Jicarilla Apaches, who were greatly affected by events happening around them in the late 1600s. Jicarilla is…

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