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Reflections from The Past – Part 1

Reflections from The Past – Part 1

By Billy Willett Come climb aboard my wagon full of wonderful memories; to a part of heaven on earth. To a time when the love of friends and family were…

Reflections from the Past – Part 2

Reflections from the Past – Part 2

Read Reflections from the Past I here. By Billy Willett The theater and all connecting businesses were sold to  Albert Petry. Herman left the theater but had trained the oldest…

Reflections from the Past- Part 3

Reflections from the Past- Part 3

Read Reflections from the Past- Part 2 here By Billy Willett Across the highway from Ed’s barn was my grandparents grocery store. The store was also a residence for our family.…

Reflections from the Past- Part 4

Reflections from the Past- Part 4

Spring and summers in Pagosa were just what God had planned for a young boy's adventurous mind. There were so many streams flowing through the hills and pastures, with willows…

Reflections from the Past- Part 5

Reflections from the Past- Part 5

Read Reflections from the Past- Part 4 here. By Billy Willett Summers also meant that it was a time to seek work to earn spending money. Hard work was something the…

Elaine Nossaman School Teacher

Elaine Nossaman School Teacher

This interview was conducted in 2007 for publication in the local family magazine published by Cory Warden, “The B.R.A.T.” Remembering the Country Schools of Archuleta County By Blue Lindner Before…

Reflections from the Past- Part 6

Reflections from the Past- Part 6

Read Reflections from the Past- Part 5 here. By Billy Willett Our home on Lewis street was a treasure trove of early Pagosa history. It has served as a military…

Historic Peace Wreath Story Went Worldwide

Historic Peace Wreath Story Went Worldwide

  On Yahoo Search there are 1,920,000 pages for “Pagosa peace wreath.” Amazing and unbelievable! That was the internet search number at the height of the story. A Google search…

Remembering Debs School House

Remembering Debs School House

This article is republished here with permission from the BRAT magazine. Originally published in 2008. By Blue Lindner On a glorious fall day my sister-in-law Jenifer Pitcher, her daughters Miah…

Dr. Frank Oppenheimer in Pagosa Springs

Dr. Frank Oppenheimer in Pagosa Springs

Dr. Frank Oppenheimer 1912–1985 It is an amazing story that brought Dr. Oppenheimer to Pagosa Springs. He is still remembered fondly by many Pagosans and certainly left an impression here…

A Pagosa Legend, Margaret Archuleta Daugaard

A Pagosa Legend, Margaret Archuleta Daugaard

Margaret I first met Margaret Archuleta when I walked into the La Cantina Saloon and heard that legendary line, “Take your hat off, mister.” This “rule of the house” had…

Kit Carson Tree Carving Discovered & Recovered

Kit Carson Tree Carving Discovered & Recovered

Here at The Journal we try to publish an interesting look at the history of the area. Sometimes we research the history and sometimes, while chasing down one story or…

History of Archuleta County’s Stevens Field

History of Archuleta County’s Stevens Field

History of Archuleta County’s Stevens Field Gayle Broadbent Earliest memories of aviation in Archuleta County recall the first runway as just a dirt strip out on Sunetha Flats. Imagine the…

History of Pagosa Community Health Care

History of Pagosa Community Health Care

Pagosa Springs was a different place back then. It was more rural and a lot more remote. Some developmental growth had already taken place with Eaton / Fairfield, but overall…

Pagosa Lodge Postcard from the 1970s

Pagosa Lodge Postcard from the 1970s

Springs Motel Historical Postcard – Pagosa Springs

Springs Motel Historical Postcard – Pagosa Springs

Jan’s Cafe Pagosa Springs – Circa 1976

Jan’s Cafe Pagosa Springs – Circa 1976

The Summitville 141 Pound Gold Boulder

The Summitville 141 Pound Gold Boulder

The Summitville gold boulder is Colorado’s most remarkable chance discovery of gold in recent times. The gold boulder is now valued at over $500,000.…

Hispanic Settlement in Pagosa Country

Hispanic Settlement in Pagosa Country

Article posted by Norm Vance St. John the Baptist Church Pagosa Junction, Colorado The present church, built on a hillside above the now abandoned railroad yards, is the third in…

A Quarter Century of Springs Resort Development

A Quarter Century of Springs Resort Development

Your writer often researches the history of the area in an effort to bring memories and images from the past in order to inform newer and younger citizens and to strength…

My Summer Vacation 1948

My Summer Vacation 1948

Answering questions or helping with information is a daily part of the job here at The Journal. Most are easy to answer as, “Where are the elk going to be…

A Mystery, The Pagosa and Gunsmoke Connection

A Mystery, The Pagosa and Gunsmoke Connection

It simply said, "Romance and Escape - Pagosa." Now, with a title like that and the story just a click away, I couldn't help myself! I found a story about…

Independence Day or Day in Jail? Pagosa history in Louisiana

Independence Day or Day in Jail? Pagosa history in Louisiana

A few weeks ago we received the email below at PagosaSprings.com. Norm, We have acquired the old jail that was once used in Pagosa Springs.  We own and operate a…

Pagosa’s Historic Saw Mills, the area’s greatest industry

Pagosa’s Historic Saw Mills, the area’s greatest industry

This mill is much the same type and size that Pagosa Country had in many locations in the forest.   THE LUMBER DAYS with Margaret Archuleta-Daugaard Pagosa was a lumbering…

Ridin’ the Narrow Guage Mountain R&R for Fun and Profit

Ridin’ the Narrow Guage Mountain R&R for Fun and Profit

Equipment, supplies, merchandise, whiskey, and passengers were carried into the mountains, and ore, lumber, coal, livestock, and passengers were carried out. Because of the rugged terrain of the San Juan…

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