Position: Looking Back

Position: Montezuma County Historical Society

Position: Montezuma County Historical Society

Early Mesa Verde center included cabins, a shop and a bear

If you were to ask the man on the street, “Where is Hallarville?” You would get a blank stare. Old-timers know it was a 40-acre roadside business on the north side of U.S. Highway 160, opposite the...

DATE: May 30, 2018 | COLUMN: Looking back

Families tell history of a Route 666 ghost town

By June Head Montezuma County Historical Society Ackmen was a dryland community that was bypassed by the construction of U.S. Route 666, now known as U.S. Highway 491. Ackmen’s residents moved to...

DATE: May 1, 2018 | COLUMN: Looking back

The Indian racetrack near Old McPhee

Editor’s Note: This is the last of three parts of Erastus Thompson’s recollections of life in Montezuma County in the late 1800s. The entire article is in the Montezuma County Historical Society...

DATE: April 3, 2018 | COLUMN: Looking back

The Nevada Colony of the Dolores River Valley in 1872

Editor’s Note: This is the second of three parts of Erastus Thompson’s recollections of life in Montezuma County in the late 1800s. The entire article is in the Montezuma County Historical Society...

DATE: Feb. 27, 2018 | COLUMN: Looking back

Recollections of early Dolores by Erastus Thompson

Editor’s note: This column is the first of two parts about life in early Dolores, Colorado. Part 2 will continue in The Journal on March 2. By Erastus Thompson I was born in Iowa in March 1858, and...

DATE: Jan. 30, 2018 | COLUMN: Looking back

Life in Big Bend and the young Cortez in 1885

I was born in Kansas in the Indian Territory in 1870. About five years of age, I came with my family to Colorado, where we lived for a short time. When I was fifteen years, old Dad got his wagon...

DATE: Jan. 2, 2018 | COLUMN: Looking back

Philip Runck and the spirit of Christmas

Some readers may remember when a fragrant, juicy orange in their Christmas stocking was a real treat, especially in the Montezuma Valley, where apples were plentiful and oranges were not. Philip...

DATE: Dec. 23, 2017 | COLUMN: Looking back

Emil Johnson and the start of hospital care in Cortez

Emil E. Johnson was born in the south of Sweden in 1882. In 1897, he came with his brother, Otto, to Minnesota but settled on a farm in South Dakota. He did farm work and went to school. He was...

DATE: Dec. 8, 2017 | COLUMN: Looking back

Part 2: Living at Big Bend in July 1882

Editor’s note: Part 1 of Mrs. S.O. Morton’s recounting of life at Big Bend was published in The Journal on Oct. 6. These excerpts are from an article in “Volume I, Great Sage Plain to Timberline,”...

DATE: Nov. 2, 2017 | COLUMN: Looking back

Living at Big Bend during the 1880s

Editor’s note: Part 2 of Mrs. S.O. Morton recounting of life on the Big Bend will be continued in The Journal on Nov. 3. These excerpts are from article published in “Volume I, Great Sage Plain to...

DATE: Oct. 3, 2017 | COLUMN: Looking back

Ed Noland’s Four Corners trading posts

Editor’s note: This story was printed in Vol. 3 of the Montezuma County Historical Society’s “Great Sage to Timberline.” It was given to the historical society by the family of Oen Ed Noland. Part...

DATE: Aug. 30, 2017 | COLUMN: Looking back

Ed Noland insured his life to finance trading post

Editor’s note: This story was printed in Vol. 3 of the Montezuma County Historical Society’s “Great Sage to Timberline,” and was given to the historical society by his family. The late D.B. McGue,...

DATE: Aug. 1, 2017 | COLUMN: Looking back

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