Position: Looking Back

Position: Montezuma County Historical Society

Position: Montezuma County Historical Society

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

The ebb and flow of beans in Montezuma County, Part 3

The first two articles in this series covered the bean industry from the 1890s through 1940. This third, and final, piece will cover from the late 1930s to the present. The focus will be on roads,...

DATE: May 2, 2016 | COLUMN: Looking back

Bean producers faced challenges of drought and war, Part 2

Part IIBy Bob Bernhart and Dale DavidsonThe first installment of this article explored the beginnings of the bean industry on the Great Sage Plain. We discussed the period from the late 1800s...

DATE: March 30, 2016 | COLUMN: Looking back

Serendipity and Miss Floretta Shields

Serendipity, or “luck that takes the form of finding valuable or pleasant things that are not looked for,” was sparked by this Montezuma Journal article, Aug. 31, 1897:“Miss Floretta Shields, who...

DATE: March 1, 2016 | COLUMN: Looking back

The bean business on the Great Sage Plain: Part I

The area of southwest Colorado referred to as The Great Sage Plain – roughly the area between Cortez in Montezuma County and Dove Creek in Dolores County – has a long farming history. That history...

DATE: Feb. 11, 2016 | COLUMN: Looking back

Letter reveals frustrations of doing business

This is another letter from Stephen Smith, of Cortez, to his boss, E.S. Turner. The frustration Smith feels because of the lack of guidance he is receiving on business matters comes through very...

DATE: Feb. 4, 2016 | COLUMN: Looking back

Letters describe burden at turn of century

This is another letter from Stephen Smith, here in Cortez, to his boss, E.S. Turner. The frustration Smith feels because of the lack of guidance he is receiving on business matters comes through...

DATE: Dec. 31, 2015 | COLUMN: Looking back

Beginnings of business in Cortez, 1891-1892

The next two columns contain letters written by Stephen J. Smith to his boss, E. S. Turner, in 1891 and 1892. Smith was the local business manager for the investors in the beginnings of Cortez. He...

DATE: Dec. 2, 2015 | COLUMN: Looking back

The Cortez CCC Camp: Chestnut Street in 1940, Part 2

Some of the history of the local Civilian Conservation Corps has been preserved in photographs of the camp and the men who lived there.From a photo taken Sept. 13, 1940, we know that the company...

DATE: Nov. 4, 2015 | COLUMN: Looking back

The Cortez CCC Camp: Chestnut Street in 1940

This is the first of two articles about the Civilian Conservation Corps Camp, located at the north edge of Cortez before World War II. Very little remains of the camp, but historic photos and old...

DATE: Sept. 30, 2015 | COLUMN: Looking back

Part 4: A pioneer experience

After everyone was awake at Elk Mountain campsite, I told the Captain I thought it would be a good time to eat as we hadn’t eaten since we left this water two or three days ago. He gave the order...

DATE: Sept. 7, 2015 | COLUMN: Looking back

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