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The old road and private bath houses

The old road and private bath houses

When mining activity increased along the upper valley of the Animas River in the San Juan Mountains following cessation of the Civil War, circa 1870, supporting communities sprouted and grew…

Taking a look at the hot springs in 1878

Taking a look at the hot springs in 1878

Army Engineer Capt. C.A.H. McCauley toured the fledgling Army military post in Pagosa Springs in the late fall of 1878. During his visit, he described “Red Man’s bathing houses.” These…

Journeying to Pagosa Springs

Journeying to Pagosa Springs

Following the conclusion of the Civil War, prospectors packed into the San Juan Mountains, searching for their personal El Dorado. Many of those early prospectors came by way of Baker’s…

‘One of the most remarkable hot springs on the continent’

‘One of the most remarkable hot springs on the continent’

One early visitor to the Pagosa Hot Springs was Capt. John M. Macomb, an Army engineer who visited the Hot Springs in 1859 when they were as yet undisturbed by…

Man’s association with the hot springs

Man’s association with the hot springs

The center of attraction for Pagosa Country has always been the hot springs. With today’s column, I’m beginning a series of columns talking about what we know about the history…

‘Pagosa Country’: Some things haven’t changed

‘Pagosa Country’: Some things haven’t changed

During earlier days when Pagosa Country was but a babe, the culture was much different. On celebrations such as Fourth of July, men with reputations for giving moving speeches spoke…

Teetering on the edge of Wolf Creek Pass

Teetering on the edge of Wolf Creek Pass

For some weeks, we have been repeating a first-person account of the first passenger car trip over newly opened Wolf Creek Pass in 1916. We continue with the account. “When…

Weather, rugged terrain hamper progress over the pass

Weather, rugged terrain hamper progress over the pass

We continue from last week with a first-person account of the first auto trip over Wolf Creek Pass when it opened in 1916. “When we got down into the flat…

Passing on Wolf Creek Pass: a terrifying experience

Passing on Wolf Creek Pass: a terrifying experience

We’ve been writing about the first automobile trip over Wolf Creek Pass when it opened in 1916, as described by Myrtle Hersch. We pick up today where we ended last…

Preparing to cross Wolf Creek Pass

Preparing to cross Wolf Creek Pass

Wolf Creek Pass officially opened Aug. 21, 1916. A Pagosa Springs resident crossed the new pass that first summer. Here, in the words of Myrtle Hersch, is the story of…