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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.…

A failed agreement with the Utes

We’ve been writing about settlement in the San Juan region that led to the founding of Pagosa Springs and Archuleta County. We’ve learned that, by the 1870s, gold miners were…

Some confusion, and the fort is moved

Some confusion, and the fort is moved

We’re writing about the 1878 establishment of Fort Lewis in Pagosa Springs. We are quoting from a letter written by W. T. Hartz, a captain in the 15th Infantry who…

The army arrives in Pagosa Springs

The army arrives in Pagosa Springs

Pagosa Springs played a couple of roles during the first years of Anglo settlement in the San Juans. One role was that of a stopping point along the southern route…

Gold brings settlers to the San Juans

Gold brings settlers to the San Juans

We’ve been writing about the Great Pagosa Hot Springs as seen through the eyes of those who saw the springs during the first years when Pagosa Springs and the southwest…

The first written accounts of the hot springs

We’ve been writing about the perceptions of the first anglos to view the Great Pagosa Hot Spring. What about the Native Americans who dipped in the hot springs many years…

More early reports about the springs

More early reports about the springs

We have been writing about the 1859 visit to the Pagosa Hot Springs by Capt. John M. Macomb, a topographical engineer for the United States Army. Macomb’s expedition was accompanied…

An army expedition visits the hot springs

We’ve been writing for several weeks about the Pagosa hot springs, possibly the only reason the town of Pagosa Springs was created. The first description we have of the Pagosa…

Pfeiffer fights for the hot springs

Pfeiffer fights for the hot springs

We continue writing this week about the Pagosa Hot Springs, one of the principal reasons the town of Pagosa Springs is located where it is. The history of the hot…