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Settlers move in at record pace

Settlers move in at record pace

Pagosa Country settlers in 1879 were nervous and watchful as Anglo/Ute relationships threatened to explode into open warfare. Despite the threat, newcomers settled in Pagosa Springs at a record pace,…

War between Utes and whites threatened to erupt without warning

War between Utes and whites threatened to erupt without warning

During the pioneer year of 1879 in Pagosa Country history, war between Ute and the white newcomers threatened to erupt without warning. We’ve been repeating a story written in July…

1879 Pagosa Country: A powder keg waiting to explode

1879 Pagosa Country: A powder keg waiting to explode

Pagosa Country in 1879 was a powder keg waiting to explode. The Southern Utes had been assigned a reservation, but were bitter and disillusioned with the white man who had…

Military route over Elwood Pass never lived up to promise

Military route over Elwood Pass never lived up to promise

We have been quoting newspaper articles from neighboring communities reporting activities illuminating Pagosa Springs’ history during the formative year of 1879. The following article was in the May 24, 1879,…

Newspaper accounts of early days

Newspaper accounts of early days

We have been using newspaper articles from surrounding communities to describe events happening in Pagosa Springs prior to 1890, when the town got its first newspaper. From an April 12,…

Roads linking Pagosa Springs to the outside world

Roads linking Pagosa Springs to the outside world

Pagosa Springs had no newspaper until 1890. In order to learn what was happening in Pagosa Springs during the years of pioneer settlement prior to 1890, one must read the…

Buffalo Soldiers moved to Fort Garland

Buffalo Soldiers moved to Fort Garland

In recent weeks, we’ve been writing about the trials and tribulations of building and operating Fort Lewis in Pagosa Springs during the severe winter of 1878. This week, as the…

Spring of 1879 arrives at Fort Lewis

Spring of 1879 arrives at Fort Lewis

In March 1879, Capt. Francis F. Dodge was commander of the newly constructed Fort Lewis in Pagosa Springs. The permanent buildings built of logs occupied what is now the main…

Mail delivery was challenging in 1879

Mail delivery was challenging in 1879

Capt. Francis F. Dodge, commander of Company D, 9th cavalry, assumed command of Fort Lewis in Pagosa Springs Jan. 8, 1879. At that time, Fort Lewis was garrisoned with two…

Post doctor was probably Pagosa’s first doctor

Post doctor was probably Pagosa’s first doctor

In recent columns, we have described the difficulty the army had in obtaining food and forage for their horses during the winter of 1878, their first in Pagosa Springs. This…

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