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Driving on the road to the Upper Blanco Basin

Driving on the road to the Upper Blanco Basin

PREVIEW Columnist We’re driving on the road to the Upper Blanco Basin during the early 1920s. We’ve almost reached the point where today’s road tops the hill from where, for…

Continuing our drive south on U.S. 84

Continuing our drive south on U.S. 84

Last week, we took an imaginary step back in time to the early 1920s. Our step involves motoring from downtown Pagosa Springs to the Upper Blanco Basin, commenting on points…

Visiting Pagosa Springs during the early 1920s

Visiting Pagosa Springs during the early 1920s

PREVIEW Columnist Today, let’s assume we’re visiting Pagosa Springs during the early 1920s. It might be interesting to climb into our car — after cranking it to start it —…

Escalante and Dominguez make an epic journey through Pagosa Country

Escalante and Dominguez make an epic journey through Pagosa Country

The Franciscan Fathers Escalante and Dominguez made an epic journey through Pagosa Country in 1776. They traveled north following the Chama River, crossed the river at today’s Los Ojos, passed…

San Juan Mountains named for Spanish explorer

San Juan Mountains named for Spanish explorer

Who were the first Hispanics to travel across Pagosa Country and how long did it take them to get to Pagosa Country after Columbus first landed in the New World…

Hispanics came to Pagosa Country in 1765

We have been talking about the interactions between our pioneer forefathers and the Native Americans who occupied Pagosa Country when the Anglos came. When we talk about dates of settlement,…

Negotiations create confusion between the Utes and pioneers

Negotiations create confusion between the Utes and pioneers

PREVIEW Columnist We’ve been talking about contact between the Southern Utes and white pioneers during the years Pagosa Country was being settled, roughly between 1876 and 1885. As we mentioned…

Town welcomes Utes to Fourth of July celebrations

Town welcomes Utes to Fourth of July celebrations

  What contact did the first white settlers in Pagosa Country have with their new neighbors, the Southern Ute Indians? By the 1880s, most of the Utes were settled in…

A look at why Pagosa Springs was established

A look at why Pagosa Springs was established

We’ve been writing from an overview of Pagosa Country history as we describe why the town of Pagosa Springs was established at that particular time and place. We’ve explained how…

Public outrage soared across Colorado

Public outrage soared across Colorado

PREVIEW Columnist After meeting at Pagosa Springs in November of 1878, an agreement was signed between the leaders of the three Southern Ute bands and a commission representing the U.S.…