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Cement sidewalks and a new bank

In 1906, the Pagosa Springs town board ordered a cement sidewalk built on Pagosa Street. Prior to this order, all sidewalks downtown had been built of wood. And in May…

Pagosa lumbers into the 20th century

Pagosa lumbers into the 20th century

Two large lumber manufacturing companies were harvesting logs and exporting timber as Pagosa Country entered the 20th century. Each of these companies was among the largest, most modern, and best…

A new understanding of old-timers

A new understanding of old-timers

This week I’m weaving a little history of my personal life into my column. I’ll be 83 in March and have camped out in Pagosa Country for about 50 of…

Years of growth and progress

Years of growth and progress

The early 1900s were years of growth and progress for Pagosa Country. The Rio Grande and Pagosa Springs Railroad had laid track across Coyote Park to the vicinity of Boone…

Activists, prohibition and automobiles in Pagosa Country

Activists, prohibition and automobiles in Pagosa Country

The Women’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) formed in the late 1800s as a powerful nationwide organization dedicated to, among other things, women’s suffrage, religion and the prohibition of drinking alcoholic…

After the flood: from calamity to humor

After the flood: from calamity to humor

We’ve been writing about the 1911 flood, the worst natural disaster in recorded Pagosa Country history. The disaster began with an innocent-looking, drizzling rain on Wednesday, Oct. 4, 1911. By…

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…