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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.…

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…

The Mountains Forming

The Mountains Forming

The Mountains Forming by Norm Vance In these images and article we are showing and discussing the area of Southwest Colorado; but all of the Rocky Mountains formed in this tumultuous…

San Juan History Outlined

San Juan History Outlined

San Juan History Outlined by Norm Vance Prehistoric Native Americans No one knows the people who first ventured into Pagosa Country. Over a period of many thousands of years, early…

Surviving History: Artifacts remind us of a by-gone economy

Surviving History: Artifacts remind us of a by-gone economy

Surviving History: Artifacts remind us of a by-gone economy by Norm Vance In my recent history articles, references were made to the past, and specifically to the logging and lumber…

A Settlers’ History at the Turn of the Century

A Settlers’ History at the Turn of the Century

A Settlers’ History at the Turn of the Century by Norm Vance with Jewel Walton This interview was done a few years ago before Jewel passed away. People, individuals and…

Mountain Men and Miners

Mountain Men and Miners

Mountain Men and Miners by Norm Vance To set the scene for the European explorers’ first full-scale move into the San Juan, we must understand a few things. First, the…

Goodman’s Department Store Carries on 100 Years of Tradition

Goodman’s Department Store Carries on 100 Years of Tradition

Living History: Goodman’s Department Store Carries on 100 Years of Tradition by Norm Vance Goodman’s Department Store sits in downtown Pagosa Springs. It has been there for over 100 years…

Hot Springs Health and Healing

Hot Springs Health and Healing

Hot Springs Health and Healing Norm Vance   The heavy vapors are evident in winter but there all year as is the pounding massage of the falls. Pagosa Country is…

Pagosa Springs History and Culture: Chimney Rock Ruins

Pagosa Springs History and Culture: Chimney Rock Ruins

Pagosa Springs History and Culture: Chimney Rock Ruins by Norm Vance, reprinted from The Anasazi Illustrated Photo courtesy of www.chimneyrockco.org. Chimney Rock is a large stone prominence near Pagosa Springs,…

The Chaco Phenomenon, Anasazi – Ancestral Puebloan History

The Chaco Phenomenon, Anasazi – Ancestral Puebloan History

The Chaco Phenomenon by Norm Vance The Anasazi had many high and low points in their history. Generally they developed ever higher technology and knowledge and when good rains allowed…

Ancestral Puebloans – Anasazi General History

Ancestral Puebloans – Anasazi General History

Ancestral Puebloans – Anasazi General History   by Norm Vance Early History There was a time when half of our planet had no human life. Early earth developed with most…

First Photos of Pagosa Springs

First Photos of Pagosa Springs

In 1874 Timothy O’Sullivan traveled the west with the Wheeler Expedition. He traveled  with early photographic equipment and recorded these photos of the Pagosa Hot Spring. This early photograph is likely the…

The Rejuvenation of Pagosa Springs

The Rejuvenation of Pagosa Springs

This article was printed in the 2002 summer issue of The North American Sportsman Magazine.     First page of the North Americam Sportsman Magazine shows the massive work completed…

The Rejuvenation of Pagosa Springs Part II

  The Rejuvenation of Pagosa Springs Part II By Norm Vance This article was printed in the 2002 summer issue of The North American Sportsman Magazine.       It is impossible to…

Hot Spring History

Hot Spring History

The Bottomless Pit This article deals with the history of mankind at the spring and not with the longer term geology except to note that the bottom of the spring…

Dr. Mary Fisher: Pagosa’s Historic Heroine

Dr. Mary Fisher: Pagosa’s Historic Heroine

Dr. Mary Fisher: Pagosa’s Historic Heroine by Norm Vance and Kate Terry Of the early pioneers who came to Pagosa Springs, one stands out in history above all others. Dr.…

Pagosa’s Most Famous Citizen: Cartoonist Fred Harman Jr.

Pagosa’s Most Famous Citizen: Cartoonist Fred Harman Jr.

Pagosa’s Most Famous Citizen: Cartoonist Fred Harman Jr. by Norm Vance & Kate Terry A visitor to the Fred Harman Art Museum commented that Fred was the only cartoonist whose…

Hot Spring History, a personal memory.

Hot Spring History, a personal memory.

The Hippy Dip. Photo taken just a few hours before it was closed forever. By Norm Vance It was as simple as it gets, a hole in the ground with…

Pagosa Springs before Whiteman, this was holy ground!

Pagosa Springs before Whiteman, this was holy ground!

One of these had a “women only” day. This became a great social event; the ladies brought lavish food and tried to outdo each other by ordering the latest and…

History of the Kit Carson Tree

History of the Kit Carson Tree

  Click on the links below and follow along on a Pagosa Springs’ historic moment.    The Carson carving in southeast Pagosa Country http://pagosa.com/artman/exec/view.cgi/4/288 http://pagosa.com/artman/exec/view.cgi/6/696 http://pagosa.com/artman/exec/view.cgi/6/674 http://pagosa.com/artman/exec/view.cgi/6/692 http://pagosa.com/artman/exec/view.cgi/6/694 http://pagosa.com/artman/exec/view.cgi/6/695 http://pagosa.com/artman/exec/view.cgi/6/697…

Timescale of the San Juan

Timescale of the San Juan

Timescale of the San Juan by Norm Vance This is a chronological history with brief historical references. For more detail see specific articles on this website. 500 MYA (Million Years…

Lost Gold in the San Juan

Lost Gold in the San Juan

Lost Gold in the San Juan by Norm Vance Find a mountain peak or scenic vista somewhere in the vicinity of Pagosa Springs and look around at the distant mountains…

San Juan History Outlined

San Juan History Outlined

San Juan History Outlined by Norm Vance Prehistoric Native Americans No one knows the people who first ventured into Pagosa Country. Over a period of many thousands of years, early…

Tales of the First Pagosan by Larry Masco

Tales of the First Pagosan by Larry Masco

Editor’s note: Larry Masco is the great-grandson of Welch Nossaman whose stories are related here. The San Juan Mountain area was very remote in the 1860s – 1900s. A major…

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