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Traipsin’, tradin’ and explorin’: Who was first?

Traipsin’, tradin’ and explorin’: Who was first?

We’re talking about Juan Maria Antonio de Rivera, a man sent by the governor of New Mexico in 1765 to explore the vast, unknown wilderness of southwestern Colorado, a suspected…

Exploring Pagosa Country: Who was first?

Exploring Pagosa Country: Who was first?

Pregunto? Who were the first explorers of Pagosa Country? If you read Spanish, perhaps the first word in this sentence gave you a clue to the answer. Hispaños from Spain,…

Dutch Henry Born: Wild West legend

Dutch Henry Born: Wild West legend

As you learned last week, Dutch Henry Born performed an almost impossible, totally unbelievable turnabout with the final years of his life. He purchased a 160-acre homestead on the West…

Dutch Henry Born: Wild West legend

Dutch Henry Born: Wild West legend

The life of Dutch Henry Born, “The most notorious outlaw in the West,” took a sharp turn toward the better circa 1870 when he showed up in Summitville and Creede…

Dutch Henry Born: Wild West legend

Dutch Henry Born: Wild West legend

Dutch Henry was lounging in a Trinidad, Colo., bar, his eyes fixed on a rackety old pool table and his ears tuned to what might have been a bragging contest…

Dutch Henry Born: Wild West legend

This week we quote from the Dodge hometown newspaper starting with the headline: “CAUGHT AT LAST. The Renowned Dutch Henry, the Outlaw Chief, Has Fallen.” “Hearing that the great king…

Dutch Henry Born: Wild West legend

Dutch Henry Born: Wild West legend

Dutch Henry Born of Pagosa Springs pioneer history spent a good part of his nefarious life dodging the law in Dodge City, Kan. While lounging in Trinidad, Colo., Dutch Henry,…

Dutch Henry Born: Wild West legend

Dutch Henry Born: Wild West legend

During the halcyon days of the wild west, Dodge City, Kan., was probably more halcyonder than most. Hispanic explorers, French fur trappers, traders along the Old Spanish Trail between Kansas…

Dutch Henry Born: Wild West legend

Dutch Henry Born: Wild West legend

We closed last week’s column about the second battle of Adobe Walls in the midst of a colorful description of the attacking Indians as provided by William “Billy” Dixon, who…

Dutch Henry Born: Wild West legend

Dutch Henry Born: Wild West legend

Kit Carson was already a legend in 1864 when he marched troops from Santa Fe down the Canadian River and into the Texas Panhandle. Surprisingly, Carson could neither read nor…