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Settling in Ute territory

Settling in Ute territory

We’ve been writing about the relationship between our pioneer forefathers in Pagosa Country and the Native Americans who occupied Pagosa Country when the first non-Native American settlers entered. Primary among…

From Ancestral Puebloans to modern-day settlers

From Ancestral Puebloans to modern-day settlers

Pagosa Springs and the surrounding area share at least one thing in common with the rest of the United States — long before the modern-day settlers arrived, peoples we call…

The good and the bad of the hot springs

The good and the bad of the hot springs

The editor of Pagosa Springs’ first newspaper, D.L. Egger, wasted no time in promoting the Pagosa Hot Springs. The full version of this story is available in the print edition…

Extolling the virtues of the hot springs in 1890

Extolling the virtues of the hot springs in 1890

We’ve been writing about the Pagosa Hot Springs during pioneer times. You might ask, “How many health and wonder seekers visited the Hot Springs prior to 1890?” The full version…

Bathing at the early hot springs

Bathing at the early hot springs

We’ve been writing about ownership and development of the Pagosa Hot Springs following arrival of the white man circa 1876. Today, we continue with an 1883 description of a bath…

Early ownership of the hot springs

Early ownership of the hot springs

We continue with a sketch we started some weeks ago describing the early history of the main Pagosa Hot Spring. The full version of this story is available in the…

Despite Ute request, hot springs passes into private ownership

Despite Ute request, hot springs passes into private ownership

We continue with the story of how ownership of the Great Pagosa Hot Springs passed from Southern Ute to the U.S. government to private hands. Today’s column begins with a…

A questionable treaty, gold dust and presidential involvement

A questionable treaty, gold dust and presidential involvement

Ownership claims on the Pagosa Hot Springs had been filed as early as 1875. Those claims included attempts to obtain title under homestead laws and also under various mining laws.…

Blossoming despite disappointment

Blossoming despite disappointment

By May of 1881, Pagosa Springs could boast of its first public bathhouse, a frame building erected by Thomas Blair. It had a large plunge bath fully 4.5 feet deep…

Bathing, the principle occupation in Pagosa

Bathing, the principle occupation in Pagosa

A visitor to Pagosa Springs in 1879 who thought there might be more bath houses than people left this witticism for posterity: “In our search for knowledge, and while rambling…