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Pagosa’s Past: Trailing San Juan Mountain trails

Pagosa’s Past: Trailing San Juan Mountain trails

By John M. Motter PREVIEW Columnist Have you ever entertained company from out of town and gone through the following scenario? Visiting friend Waldo has loafed around the house for…

Pagosa’s Past: San Juan Mountain trails

Pagosa’s Past: San Juan Mountain trails

By John M. Motter PREVIEW Columnist Mountains matter. Mountains are one of Pagosa Country’s major assets. Everybody knows that folks come here to enjoy the mountains. Pagosa Springs, with its…

Pagosa’s Past: Going on a bear-sighting expedition

Pagosa’s Past: Going on a bear-sighting expedition

By John M. Motter PREVIEW Columnist Back in the days when these legs were younger and mountain trails seemed shorter, I spent a lot of time navigating those trails. Seeing…

Pagosa’s Past: School days: A memory from a country school

Pagosa’s Past: School days: A memory from a country school

By John M. Motter PREVIEW Columnist I’m sure there are at least a few old-timers who share my memories of country school. Some of those are good memories and some…

Pagosa’s Past: School days: Fil Byrnes and Pagosa’s first school

Pagosa’s Past: School days: Fil Byrnes and Pagosa’s first school

By John M. Motter PREVIEW Columnist In mid-October of 1878, troops under the command of Capt. William Hartz marched across the Continental Divide from Fort Garland and temporarily set up…

Pagosa’s Past: School days: Retracing the state’s history

Pagosa’s Past: School days: Retracing the state’s history

By John M. Motter PREVIEW Columnist In order to trace the history of schools in Archuleta County, it seems necessary to retrace the state’s history. Here we go with Colorado…

Pagosa’s Past: School days, school days

Pagosa’s Past: School days, school days

By John M. Motter PREVIEW Columnist My latest reflection on history is that not much has changed more over the years of my life than the public schools. Nowadays, we…

Pagosa’s Past: Early Pagosa pioneers

Pagosa’s Past: Early Pagosa pioneers

By John M. Motter PREVIEW Columnist Macht was an old and honored name in Germany. Carl Macht crossed the Atlantic, landing in New York City, where he lived for a…

Pagosa’s Past: Pagosa Country pioneers

Pagosa’s Past: Pagosa Country pioneers

By John M. Motter PREVIEW Columnist One of the most interesting Pagosa Country pioneer family histories describes how a persevering woman overcame what, to many, would have been unsurmountable obstacles…

Pagosa’s Past: Pagosa Country pioneers

Pagosa’s Past: Pagosa Country pioneers

By John M. Motter PREVIEW Columnist Today’s column focuses on the Macht family, early day Pagosa pioneers. I had the privilege some years ago of spending considerable time talking with…

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