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Pagosa: an interesting stopover for miners and adventurers

Pagosa: an interesting stopover for miners and adventurers

By the early 1870s, Pagosa Springs was an interesting stopover for miners and adventurers on their way to the gold fields in the higher San Juan Mountains. Pagosa Springs was…

Wagon train passes through before town formed

Wagon train passes through before town formed

One of the earliest parties passing through Pagosa Springs before the town formed was the 1861 wagon train led by Thomas Pollock. Constructed in Denver, the wagon train plodded mile…

Story of gold spread like wildfire

Story of gold spread like wildfire

Apparently, Albert Pfeiffer, the guide for Capt. John N. Macomb’s 1859 exploratory journey through southwestern Colorado, spread the story that gold could be found in the San Juan Mountains. Like…

Gold was found in the San Juans

Gold was found in the San Juans

Last week, we introduced Capt. John M. Macomb, the army’s chief topographical engineer in New Mexico, who was in command of an 1859 expedition tasked with exploring the eastern portion…

Expedition from Santa Fe to Pagosa

Expedition from Santa Fe to Pagosa

In an earlier column, we began the report of a Captain Augnex (Augney?), who traveled the Old Spanish Trail from New Mexico to California in 1850. We finish Captain Augnex’s…

Old Spanish Trail influenced Pagosa history

Old Spanish Trail influenced Pagosa history

PREVIEW Columnist Donkeys and mules were used to carry freight along the Old Spanish Trail between Santa Fe and Los Angeles during the mid and early 1800s. The trail crossed…

Old Spanish Trail crossed Archuleta County

PREVIEW Columnist The opening of the Old Spanish Trail from Santa Fe to Los Angeles circa 1820 started a flow of U.S. citizens along the route to California. The history…

Hot springs were revered by Native Americans

Hispanic maps made before Anglos came to Colorado, even before the early 1800, trapping days, showed the Pagosa Hot Springs. The hot springs were well-known and revered by Native Americans…

Gold rush had significant influence on Pagosa history

PREVIEW Columnist The California gold rush, triggered by the 1848 discovery of placer gold at Sutter’s Mill on the American River, had a significant influence on Pagosa Country history. Among…

Reservoir Hill was previously known as Robidoux Hill, for the trapper of that name

Reservoir Hill was previously known as Robidoux Hill, for the trapper of that name

PREVIEW Columnist Fur trappers who lived in Taos were the first Anglos to visit Pagosa Country. From Taos these trappers made the on-foot or horseback trips to trap the Arkansas,…