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Pagosa Country’s last stagecoach holdup

Pagosa Country’s last stagecoach holdup

Pagosa Country’s last stagecoach holdup took place three miles south of town in September of 1892. Seventeen-year-old Alfred Black was driving the mail wagon, a hack, bound from Pagosa Springs…

The last stagecoach holdup

The last stagecoach holdup

We’ve been writing about lawlessness during the pioneering days of Pagosa Country settlement. We continue that venue today by describing the last stagecoach holdup. Before getting into the story, I…

A trial wraps up the 1892 Montoya/Howe Sheepmen’s/Cattlemen’s War

A trial wraps up the 1892 Montoya/Howe Sheepmen’s/Cattlemen’s War

Today we finish telling the story of the 1892 Montoya/Howe Sheepmen’s/Cattlemen’s War. Today we report the trial results. If you have been following this story in The SUN over the…

A brief war and a murder charge

A brief war and a murder charge

We’ve been writing about the Montoya/Howe Sheepmen’s/Cattlemen’s War that took place along the west fork of the, San Juan River where it crossed what we recognize today as the At…

The Sheepmen’s/Cattlemen’s War continues

The Sheepmen’s/Cattlemen’s War continues

Last week, we started telling of the Montoya/Howe Sheepmen’s/Cattlemen’s War. William Howe was a young cattle rancher who homesteaded along the west fork of the San Juan River on a…

Sheep, cattle and unwritten rules

Sheep, cattle and unwritten rules

Prejudice between Anglos and Hispanics existed during the early settlement of Archuleta County, just as it did throughout the pioneer west. A related prejudice between sheepmen and cattlemen was also…

‘The fight in Archuleta County was fierce and hot’

‘The fight in Archuleta County was fierce and hot’

We have been describing the bitter contest between Anglos and Hispanics for control of the Archuleta County government during the first years following creation of the county. Today, we continue…

The battle over Archuleta County’s government continues

The battle over Archuleta County’s government continues

During the first 15 years of its existence, competition between Anglos and Hispanics for control of the Archuleta County government was so fierce it attracted the attention of newspapers across…

An indictment for riot and a dismissal of charges

An indictment for riot and a dismissal of charges

We wrote last week about the friction between Anglos and Hispanics for control of the government of newly formed Archuleta County. When the first elected county officials met to organize…

Trouble with the county commissioners

Trouble with the county commissioners

When Archuleta County was organized in 1885, the first county officers were appointed by Gov. Benjamin Harrison Eaton. In 1886, an election was held for the first elected county officers.…

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