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Pagosa’s early settlers, from far and wide

Pagosa’s early settlers, from far and wide

Friederike Neumeuister, Mrs. Asa Pangborn, was born in Hamburg, Germany, May 11, 1844. She died in Del Norte, Colo., June 21, 1929, at the age of 85 years. At the…

Daisy witnesses a shooting in Pagosa Springs

Daisy witnesses a shooting in Pagosa Springs

Catherine Young Opdycke was born Jan. 22, 1826, and died in May of 1920 in Pagosa Springs. In 1843, she moved to the home of a sister in Knox County,…

The trail from Texas to Pagosa Country

The trail from Texas to Pagosa Country

We’ve been writing about the 1875/1876 journey of several families from Erath County, Texas, to Pagosa Country. The epic journey was made while driving a herd of longhorn cattle along…

The O’Neals: From Texas to New Mexico, to Pagosa Country

The O’Neals: From Texas  to New Mexico, to Pagosa Country

Last week we wrote about Fount and James O’Neal, born in Texas, but participants in a story-book journey ending in Colorado’s San Juan Basin in 1876. The O’Neal story has…

Nossaman, O’Neal, Oliver — history in a name

Nossaman, O’Neal, Oliver — history in a name

Dr. A. J. Nossaman was one of 13 children born to Wellington and Sarah Nossaman in Pella, Iowa. Several of the Nossaman children moved to the San Juans at an…

Build a cabin — burn it down

Last week, we were retelling the story of Welch Nossaman, the man who built the first log cabin in Pagosa Springs. The year was 1876.  Nossaman spent the winter in…

Welch Nossaman — one of the first settlers

Welch Nossaman — one of the first settlers

Welch Nossaman may have been the first permanent settler in Pagosa Springs. He was born April 2, 1851, in Pella, Iowa, and died Dec. 22, 1933, in Albuquerque, N.M., at…

A confrontation with Colorow

A confrontation with Colorow

Welch Nossaman built the first log cabin in Pagosa Springs. The year was 1876. Nossaman spent the winter in his new cabin. Now, it was spring. A band of Utes…

Newton — a prominent name in the early days

Newton — a prominent name in the early days

Whitney Newton Sr. was born in Ripon, Wisc., April 5, 1858. He moved with his family to Freeport, Ill., in 1868, and to Denver in 1871. His father, Ezra Newton,…

Promise of riches brings pioneers to Pagosa Country

Promise of riches brings pioneers to Pagosa Country

Gold was a strong attraction during Pagosa Country’s pioneer years. When Hartley C. Metcalf, while living in Denver in 1873, heard of gold in the San Juan Mountains, he outfitted…