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How did I get here from there?

How did I get here from there?

Quien sabe? That’s Spanish for who knows, you know? It is time to make New Year’s resolutions, you know, for the year 2020. I wish that number was a description…

Traversing Wolf Creek Pass in 1916

Traversing Wolf Creek Pass in 1916

Last week’s column about the first public crossing of newly built Wolf Creek Pass when it opened during the summer of 1916 ended with the sentence, “Six men held the…

Traversing Wolf Creek Pass in 1916

Traversing Wolf Creek Pass in 1916

Our writer concluded last week’s column with the statement: “Now night was coming and we were still two and one half miles from Mr. Logan’s work camp.” Picking up where…

Traversing a newly opened Wolf Creek Pass

At the close of last week’s action, our motorists crossing newly opened Wolf Creek Pass (1916) from east to west were looking down the barrel of a Colt .45 shoved…

Traversing the newly opened Wolf Creek Pass

Traversing the newly opened Wolf Creek Pass

When we ended last week’s column, the Hersch and Hatcher motor trip over newly opened Wolf Creek Pass was stalled on top because the work crew was chipping away at…

Crossing Wolf Creek Pass in 1916

Crossing Wolf Creek Pass in 1916

Motter’s note: a few years ago, Marguerite graciously provided me with a typed copy of this story. Among the first to cross newly opened Wolf Creek Pass in the family…

An epic journey over Wolf Creek Pass

An epic journey over Wolf Creek Pass

The first folks to drive over Wolf Creek Pass in 1916 made what was at that time an epic journey. I am fortunate to have an eye-witness account of that…

Pagosa Country in the early years

Pagosa Country in the early years

It’s probably safe to say the town of Pagosa Springs started on June 5 of 1878 because that’s when the first post office opened for business. Somehow, the name Joe…

Hot springs, hot water and high hopes

Hot springs, hot water and high hopes

Ownership of the bubbling hot waters known as the Pagosa Hot Springs has always been a source of contention from the beginning of recorded history for this area. As we…

Hot water, hot springs and high hopes

Hot water, hot springs and high hopes

This week we conclude the story we started based on a memoir Nellie Pollock Snyder received from her mother. The memoir described an 1861 visit to the Great Pagosa Hot…

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