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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…

Man, beast received short rations in winter of 1878

Man, beast received short rations in winter of 1878

Construction of Fort Lewis in Pagosa Springs began with the arrival of the first troops in October 1878. A special Pagosa winter arrived soon after the troops. The deep snow…

Brutal winter made travel, correspondence difficult

Brutal winter made travel, correspondence difficult

U.S. Army units consisting of elements of B Company of the 15th Infantry and Company D, 9th Cavalry spent the winter of 1878 at the newly constructed and still unfinished…

Winter of 1878 descended on fort with special fury

Winter of 1878 descended on fort with special fury

Troops to build and staff Fort Lewis in Pagosa Springs in late 1878 were very busy, just ahead of what was to be an especially cold winter. Construction of quarters…

Troops supplied as Fort Lewis built

Troops supplied as Fort Lewis built

In last week’s column, we described the 1878 arrival of troops in Pagosa Springs. They busily set about building what was to become Fort Lewis. Fort Lewis stretched along the…

Sounds of building as the Army rolls in

Sounds of building as the Army rolls in

The sounds of hammers, saws and axes must have filled the mountain air of Pagosa Springs soon after the soldiers from the 15th Infantry marched into town on Oct. 18,…

Early writings describe Ute camps and natural beauty

Early writings describe Ute camps and natural beauty

We continue from last week, when we were quoting from memoirs left by Joseph W. Picket, a minister who described the Pagosa Hot Springs in June of 1878. “June 8…

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