Position: Looking Back

Position: Montezuma County Historical Society

Position: Montezuma County Historical Society

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In 1889, Cortez was a ‘wide open’ town

By June HeadMontezuma County Historical SocietyFrank Clyde Thompson came to Montezuma Valley with his parents in 1887, at which time his father, A.L. Thompson, drove into town with three wagon...

DATE: May 30, 2017 | COLUMN: Looking back

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1911 floods cause destruction in Southwest Colorado, Part 2

By June HeadMontezuma County Historical SocietyEditor’s note: This is the second part of a two-part series that looks back at the devastating floods of fall 1911. Rain in Southwest Colorado is...

DATE: May 5, 2017 | COLUMN: Looking back

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1911 floods brought havoc to Southwest Colorado, Part 1

Editor’s note: This is the first part of a two-part series. Part 2, which reports on damage to other areas of the Four Corners areas, will be published on May 5. Rico sounds the alarm Residents of...

DATE: May 5, 2017 | COLUMN: Looking back

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The ‘Dark Corner’ and ‘Outlaw Capital’ of the Southwest

The United States first acquired the area now called Four Corners from Mexico after the Mexican American War in 1848. The U.S. government first surveyed the area in 1868.Law was present but spread...

DATE: April 12, 2017 | COLUMN: Looking back

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The history of the pioneers of the Mancos Valley

Read at the Old Timers Reunion by Mrs. Thomas Rickner, at Mancos, Sept. 1910. In 1873 John Moss, with pick, pan and shovel strapped upon the back of his faithful donkey, was the first who started...

DATE: March 6, 2017 | COLUMN: Looking back

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Lizard Head has changed landscape of Southwest Colorado

The Mancos Times-Tribune Dec. 29, 1911 The skyline of the mountains to the southwest of Telluride was changed last night when, through some mighty upheaval of nature, the taller spiral of Lizard...

DATE: March 6, 2017 | COLUMN: Looking back

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Fire of 1919 left a section of downtown Cortez in ruins

Montezuma Journal, Jan 2, 1919 Last Friday at five o’clock, the fire bell gave its chilling alarm and roused our people from their morning sleep. It was soon discovered that the Bozman Garage was...

DATE: March 6, 2017 | COLUMN: Looking back

The journey from Utah to the Mancos in 1882

By MARY L. LAMB Part 1 We first came from Utah to the Mancos in 1882. There was quite a large party of us consisting of my mother, Mrs. Sarah C. Lee, known to all as “Grandma Lee,” my brother...

DATE: Nov. 2, 2016 | COLUMN: Looking back

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Conflict at Totten Lake in 1880s

By Mrs. Matt Hammond Editor’s note: Mrs. Hammond came to Dolores River with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Louis Simon in July 1881. Mrs. Hammond’s, daughter, Rose Roelker, was interviewed in 1934 and...

DATE: Oct. 3, 2016 | COLUMN: Looking back

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'Big Rains' and unease put Dolores valley on edge in 1880s

I came to the Dolores River with my parents July 11, 1881. Durango was then less than a year old, and Montezuma Valley was La Plata County. We camped all night on the old Phelps ranch in Lost Canon...

DATE: Aug. 31, 2016 | COLUMN: Looking back

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The times were lively, and life was grand in 1909

Editor’s note: S. H. Phlegar, Dolores, wrote this story in 1934 about events in Montezuma Valley in 1909. Twenty-five years ago at Lebanon in the Montezuma Valley – well, those were the best days...

DATE: Aug. 3, 2016 | COLUMN: Looking back

‘Aunt June’ and her history with Cortez history

Several weeks ago, the Montezuma County Historical Society held its “Acknowledgement” program to thank people who have made important contributions to the preservation of our local history....

DATE: June 1, 2016 | COLUMN: Looking back

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