The Shootists Territoral Championship in Town Park
Four Corners Territorial Championship TOP GUN POINTS
|Location:||Pagosa Springs, Colorado – Town Park|
|Date:||July 29th-30th, 2017|
|Hosted By:||San Juan Shootists|
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Pagosa Springs, in modern times, has a very placid reputation from its kind locals and inspiring beauty. It was not always necessarily so! Back in the early days Pagosa was as known for shoot outs related to stage coach robberies, land disputes, cattle and sheep rustling, disputes with the Native Americans and general lawlessness. History records a knife dual fought for ownership of the hot spring and the owner of the Redbud Saloon was said to have installed a wall built entirely of thick wood railroad ties between his office in the back room and the saloon in front just to keep errant bullets from coming through the wall.
The San Juan Shootists Quick Draw Club keep the old days alive with major events for shooters. Many come to shoot and others dress the part while shooting. The Pagosa Springs club hosted the 2015 Colorado State Championship in the Cowboy Fast Draw Competition in Town Park, downtown Pagosa Springs. The San Juan Shootists and Cowboy Fast Draw are about “safety first, fun second and competition third.” It’s about handshakes, camaraderie, a man’s word, morality and friendship, fair play and honest competition. Our motto is “The Cowboy Way in action and deed”. It requires no further explanation.
Fast Draw found its beginnings in the mid-1950s amidst the era of the television western. Since the beginning era of motion pictures western movies had always been popular. In 1903, a twelve minute film was made called The Great Train Robbery. This milestone achievement in film making was based on a true train robbery carried out by Butch Cassidy and the ‘Hole in the Wall Gang’ on August 29th, 1900, only 3 years prior. Even though it was made on the east coast, it helped spawn a new motion picture industry in Hollywood, CA where weather was more dependable. “Did Hollywood invent the western, or did the western invent Hollywood?”
Before Hollywood there were the dime novelists, some of whom actually followed certain gunmen around in the actual time period and promoted their subjects to a legendary status. There was an actual term in the old west, “quick on the draw’, which actually meant hot-headed and quick to draw a gun with very little provocation, It was really this group of literary figures that coined the phrases quick draw, fast draw, gunfighter and gunslinger in the late 1800s and very early 1900s.
“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 a 1952 radio broadcast with that name. It turns out that Pagosa has some connection with the creation of Gunsmoke, a long running radio and early television series. In the days of black and white television Gunsmoke was a must see!
There is only one Pagosa as far as I know. The original scripted episode was “lost.” It was still named Pagosa on the second take, but Pagosa somehow became a desert town. How this all came about is an open question. I judge that someone had experience with Pagosa Springs and was inspired to use the name and setting for a script and, later, the location was changed. Fred Harman was certainly well known in the Hollywood and creative circles at this time and it may be there was connection there.
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