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The ‘greatest health resort in the world’

The ‘greatest health resort in the world’

I’ve been writing for several weeks about the early days of the Great Pagosa Hot Springs. Last week, I quoted from an article in an 1883 Summitville newspaper that a…

A new bathhouse for some ailing soldiers

A new bathhouse for some ailing soldiers

We’ve been writing about the early days of the Pagosa Hot Springs. An item in the Summitville Nugget in August of 1883 reported “… the bath house has recently changed…

More on the early-day hot springs business

Columnist As we reported last week, the Pagosa Springs Company incorporated in November of 1883, operated the Great Pagosa Hot Springs until it went bankrupt and sold it to a…

Taking control of the hot springs

Taking control of the hot springs

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…

Shady doings with the springs

Shady doings with the springs

Thomas Blair opened the first public bath house near the Great Pagosa Hot Spring in May of 1881. It contained, “one large plunge fully four and one-half feet deep, and…

With this gang, ‘the customer is always right’

With this gang, ‘the customer is always right’

Last week, we described some of the activities of the Allison gang, one of the more creative gangs operating in Pagosa Country at a time, let’s say circa 1880, when…

The ‘wild and wooly’ railroad towns

The ‘wild and wooly’ railroad towns

The 1881 arrival of the Denver & Rio Grande Narrow Gauge Railroad immensely impacted the San Juan Basin and Pagosa Country. The towns at the new construction end of the…

Innocent: homicide as public service

Innocent: homicide as public service

We continue our story from last week relating the contents of a newspaper article written in November of 1880 describing a wagon trip between Animas City and the end of…

An early description of Pagosa’s hot springs

An early description of Pagosa’s hot springs

We continue with a newspaper article written in November of 1880 describing a wagon trip between Animas City and the end of the westerly advancing Denver & Rio Grande Railroad,…

Slim pickings for hotels in early-day Pagosa

Slim pickings for hotels in early-day Pagosa

In last week’s column, we started quoting from a news article written in November of 1880 describing a wagon trip from Animas City to the end of the under-construction Denver…