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A contentious county creation

A contentious county creation

The county election of officers in 1886 triggered a series of bitter confrontations between Hispanics and Anglos that stimulated newspaper articles and comments across the state. It even led to…

One of the most interesting things about pioneers? Their names

One of the most interesting things about pioneers? Their names

One of the most interesting characteristics of Pagosa Country’s pioneers was the names they were forced to use all of their lives. I’m not talking about “A boy named Sue.”…

The Great Horse Race of 1908 comes to an end

The Great Horse Race of 1908 comes to an end

This week we conclude the story of the Great Horse Race of 1908 sponsored by the Denver Post. The race started in Evanston, Wyo., and ended in Denver. All manner…

As the race wears on, Old Man Kern pushes for the lead

As the race wears on, Old Man Kern pushes for the lead

We’re continuing to write about The Great Horse Race sponsored by the Denver Post and run in 1908 between Evanston, Wyo., and Denver. The race pitted the endurance of western…

The race continues over the Continental Divide

We’ve been writing about a 600-mile horse race from Evanston in the southwest corner of Wyoming to the Colorado capital city of Denver that took place in May and June…

The race is on, with Billy Kern in the running

The race is on, with Billy Kern in the running

We continue with Pagosa pioneer Billy Kern’s involvement in the Denver Post’s Great Endurance Horse Race in 1908 from Evanston, Wyo., to Denver, a distance of 600 miles. As we…

1908: the year of the Great Horse Race

1908: the year of the Great Horse Race

Since man first started riding horses, there has always been the question, “Which horse is fastest?” The year of 1908 went down in history as the year of the Great…

An escort and a trial

An escort and a trial

We continue with the story of Sheriff Billy Kern and the Montoya/Howe Sheepmen’s Cattlemen’s War. Cattleman William Howe is dead and sheepman Juan de Dios Montoya, wounded by a bullet…

Montoya/Howe Sheepmen’s-Cattlemen’s War and its aftermath

Last week we began the story of the Montoya/Howe Sheepmen’s-Cattlemen’s War. As we closed last week, William Howe, his brother Abe Howe and Old Joe Mann were sitting in William…

Sheriff Billy Kern and the Sheepmen’s-Cattlemen’s War

Sheriff Billy Kern and the Sheepmen’s-Cattlemen’s War

Six guns and buffalo rifles blazed on the West Fork of the San Juan River in August of 1892. In later years, old-timers here referred to the shootout as the…

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