Position: Looking Back

Position: Montezuma County Historical Society

Position: Montezuma County Historical Society

Pioneer life at Big Bend in 1882 Part 3: Continued from September

A man who had notified us of the Indian scare went on up the river telling people.Everyone was going up to Grandpa Johnson’s place on the river where the Indians could not well ambush the...

DATE: Oct. 2, 2014 | COLUMN: Looking back

Pioneer Life at Big Bend on The Dolores River in 1882

We were very comfortable on our place at Lone Dome. Our neighbors were the Barnes family, Gene and Charley Salter, Jim Trimble, some English people, a bit later, the Dillons, and the Bradfields....

DATE: Sept. 11, 2014 | COLUMN: Looking back

Life at Lone Dome and Big Bend in 1882

I was born on Feb. 4, 1859, in Iowa. There were nine of us children, and I had a twin brother to whom I was much attached.All but three of us children were born in Indiana, and I had an older...

DATE: July 31, 2014 | COLUMN: Looking back

Roy Dickerson and the Stoner Train Robbery of 1889

Roy Dickerson was a real cowboy, one of the last of a dying breed. Roy was widely known as one of the best cowboys in the Four Corners states. He was born in 1879 and died here in 1955. His grave...

DATE: July 3, 2014 | COLUMN: Looking back

Cortez too tough to die because of fires

In 1929, several buildings burned on Main Street due to a fire that occurred early on a Sunday morning. On Feb. 9 of this year three businesses were lost due to fire.These were basically in the...

DATE: June 5, 2014 | COLUMN: Looking back

A Sunny Slope memory preserved

This young lady, captured enjoying new blossoms in a young apple orchard, her straw hat artistically placed at her feet, signifies not only a single moment in time, but also the rich dreams and...

DATE: April 3, 2014 | COLUMN: Looking back

Moving from Trading Post to McElmo Canyon

Part 3 Continued from January and February's Cortez JournalIn her interview, Allie Meadows Baer talked about the interesting visitor to the Meadows' Trading Post in 1902. Earle R. Forrest, 19, from...

DATE: March 7, 2014 | COLUMN: Looking back

The Old West: Cowboys at Beaver Creek and Indians at Meadows Trading Post

Part 2: Continued from The Cortez Journal, Jan. 3, 2014 In her interview, Allie Meadows Baer talked about an interesting visitor to her father Billy Meadows’ trading post in the summer of 1902....

DATE: Feb. 7, 2014 | COLUMN: Looking back

Looking Back Which came first: the chicken or the chicken ordinance?

From the Cortez Sentinel, March 21, 1929 CHICKEN OWNERS Notice is hereby given that henceforth chickens must be kept on the premises of the owner. Allowing chickens to run at large is a violation...

DATE: Sept. 6, 2013 | COLUMN: Looking back

Mesa Verde’s early park visitors

PAST HISTORY OF EVENTS AT MESA VERDE NATIONAL PARK Making Camp for the Night, July 1909. Prof. Ed Levy was a teacher in Cortez in 1909/10. This is his story: “We camped where the Lodge now...

DATE: June 6, 2013 | COLUMN: Looking back

German Settlement 'just like Germany'

The area known as the German Settlement is west of the "Old Plywood Plant" located on County Road T and west of the Skyline Store on Road T.5. both west of Highway 145.PIONEER DESCRIBES GERMAN...

DATE: May 2, 2013 | COLUMN: Looking back

Lebanon was a booming place in the Valley

S. H. Phlegar of Dolores wrote this story in February of 1934 about events in the Montezuma Valley in 1909. This is from the "Anna Florence Robison interviews in 1934."Lively Times in the Montezuma...

DATE: March 1, 2013 | COLUMN: Looking back

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