Second city: Cortez put down roots in La Plata County

Second city: Cortez put down roots in La Plata County

An early photo of the Charles Schalles home in Cortez.
From left: an unidentified horseman, Elmer Belcher, Alice Belcher, Mrs. Belcher, Herm Guillet, Bernice Saylor, Clyde French, Donald Smith, Mrs. Saylor and Olive Saylor.
James W. Hanna is generally considered to be the father of Cortez. The Southwest Colorado pioneer helped bring irrigation water to the Montezuma Valley and helped found Cortez.
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