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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…

The building of Wolf Creek Pass

We’ve been writing about the replacement of the state-supported Elwood Pass route into Pagosa Springs across the San Juan Mountains. The Elwood Pass route had been destroyed by flood in…

Elwood Pass or Wolf Creek Pass? Surveys test the trails

Elwood Pass or Wolf Creek Pass? Surveys test the trails

We’ve been writing about how Wolf Creek Pass came to replace Elwood Pass as the main entryway across the San Juan Mountains into Pagosa Springs and the Four Corners area.…

How Wolf Creek Pass came to be

How Wolf Creek Pass came to be

We’ve been writing about Elwood Pass, an important entry route into Pagosa Country during pioneer times. Elwood Pass remained important and was maintained as a Colorado state highway until 1911,…

Crossing the San Juans on Elwood Pass

Crossing the San Juans on Elwood Pass

I’ve been writing about the first roads used by Pagosa Country pioneers to reach Pagosa Springs from the outside world. The focus has been on a road no longer in…

Winter in the mountains and a lost finger

Winter in the mountains and a lost finger

We’ve been talking about the first roads into Pagosa Springs used by the first settlers. We’ve described Elwood Pass, the first route across the San Juan Mountains east of Pagosa…

Mode of travel was horseback or by horse-pulled vehicles

Mode of travel was horseback or by horse-pulled vehicles

Entering and leaving Pagosa Springs was quite different in 1901 than it is today. First of all. even though the automobile was invented, I’m not aware that anyone in Pagosa…

Taking a look at booming year of 1901

Taking a look at booming year of 1901

Most of the businesses in Pagosa Springs during the booming year of 1901 were located in what is now known as the “Old Town” down by the river. Mostly built…

Logging and lumber mills created communities

Logging and lumber mills created communities

The spread of logging and lumber mills across Archuleta County following the arrival of the railroad created a number of communities across the county. Each lumber mill had its own…