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Mill Creek claims lives during 1911 flood

Mill Creek claims lives during 1911 flood

The flood of Oct. 11, 1911, was the worst natural disaster to hit the Four Corners since the beginning of recorded history. Two local men died in that flood and…

‘From a pleasant, smiling stream to an angry, raging, terrific river’

‘From a pleasant, smiling stream to an angry, raging, terrific river’

The following headline topped the Oct. 5, 1911, Pagosa Springs SUN: “San Juan Breaks Record … Gets on Rampage and Leaves Death, Devastation and Ruin in its Path.” According to…

Prohibition and flooding on the horizon for Pagosa Country

Prohibition and flooding on the horizon for Pagosa Country

Opposition to drinking and alcoholism was on the rise in the Pagosa Springs of 1910. The adoption of prohibition was to take place not too many years later. Women took…

Pagosa’s first bank fails and another opens

Pagosa’s first bank fails and another opens

In 1908, Pagosa Springs’ first bank, appropriately called The First Bank of Pagosa Springs, failed. The bank did not fail because of local mismanagement or because of lack of local…

Pagosa’s early days: music, theater and more

Pagosa’s early days: music, theater and more

In the early days, circa 1900, Pagosa Springs had a band called the Columbine Band. A surprising number of community members played musical instruments. Naturally, because a band needs a…

Grappling with modernization

Grappling with modernization

Pagosa Springs grappled with modernization in 1901 by installing utilities such as a telephone system and a town water distribution system. On Nov. 9, 1901, a telephone ordinance was passed…

Natural resources and a glimmer of wealth

Natural resources and a glimmer of wealth

Back in the day, 1901 to be specific, Pagosa Country had its first glimmer of wealth when oil was presumably discovered. Local folks were excited because Pagosa never shared the…

Pagosa’s first bank opens its doors

Pagosa’s first bank opens its doors

During the early 1900s, Pagosa Springs acquired conveniences we take for granted today. Among those amenities were a bank, a flour mill, a telephone system, electricity, municipal water and geothermal…

The Adobe: From the Buckles and Schultz Hall to Los Banos Hotel

The Adobe: From the Buckles and Schultz Hall to Los Banos Hotel

The community suffered a sadness recently when the Bear Creek Saloon and Grill burned. When I moved to Pagosa Springs ca. 1970, the building was known as the Los Banos…

An entertaining account of early settlers

An entertaining account of early settlers

An early pioneer by the name of Jay Randolph Scott leaves us an early and entertaining description of the first settlers along U.S. 160 as it follows Yellow Jacket Creek…