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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…

Hot water, hot springs and high hopes

Hot water, hot springs and high hopes

The Pagosa Springs Company made do with J.L. Campbell’s improvements to the Pagosa Hot Springs bath house until 1888, when they erected a second bath house west of the original…

Hot water, hot springs and high hopes

Hot water, hot springs and high hopes

An item in the Summitville Nugget in August of 1883 reported: “… The bath house has recently changed hands, Mr. J. L. Campbell assuming control. It is his intention to…

Hot springs, hot water and high hopes

Hot springs, hot water and high hopes

I’ve been writing about the struggle for ownership of the Pagosa Hot Springs during the early years of Pagosa Country settlement. We’ve learned that title to the Springs was granted…

Hot springs, hot water and high hopes

Hot springs, hot water and high hopes

We’ve been writing about how the title to the Great Pagosa Hot Springs got into private hands. Picking up from where we left off last week, we learn that the…

Hot springs, hot water and high hopes

Hot springs, hot water and high hopes

We’ve been writing about the sundry and various claims used by Pagosa Country pioneers in an effort to obtain title to the Great Pagosa Hot Springs. Complicating the whole picture…

Hot springs, hot water and high hopes

Hot springs, hot water and high hopes

A major problem of concern to the pioneer citizens of Pagosa Springs was solving the riddle of who owned the Pagosa Hot Springs, plus who owned the property where the…

Hot springs and high hopes

Hot springs and high hopes

By May of 1881, Pagosa Springs could boast of its first bathhouse, a frame building erected by Thomas Blair. It had a large plunge bath, fully 4.5 feet deep, and…

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