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Looking Back: Montezuma County Historical Society Looking Back Hallarville

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If you were to ask the man on the street,” where is Hallarville?” You would get a blank stare. Old times know it was a 40 acre roadside business on the north side of U. S. Highway 160, opposite the entrance to Mesa Verde National Park...... Read full article

Durango Fire Etched in Girl’s Memory

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Helen M. Boston never forgot the fire. The frightening image of smoke and flames billowing above downtown Durango became permanently etched in her mind. On July 1, 1939, 50 years later to the day, she penned her recollections . . . ... Read full article

Looking Back- Dr. E. E. Johnson

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May 2017 - the Centennial Year of the opening of the Johnson Hospital. E. 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......... Read full article

Looking Back: Ed Nolan and His Trading Post - Part 2

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Ed Noland wanted to start a trading post on the San Juan River in the Four Corners region and wanted to trade with both the Utes and the Navajo. In the new town of Durango he walked into the general merchandise store................ Read full article

Looking Back: Ed Nolan and His Trading Post - Part 1

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Ed Noland Insured His Life to Finance Indian Trading Post in Early Days.... Before Cortez was founded; before Montezuma County was organized, a chapter of settling a portion of Colorado, opened one spring morning in 1882 when Oen Edgar Noland....... Read full article

Dig Deeper into Archaeology with Crow Canyon

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At the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, we believe that the study of the past is an intrinsically worthwhile endeavor that creates more informed and sustainable societies. Through a better understanding of human history, we discover ........ Read full article

Durango’s Iconic Train Station - Animas Museum

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Durango’s historic railroad depot is an iconic symbol of Durango’s rich history as a railroad town. One of the oldest, most significant and best preserved structures in town, it has anchored Durango’s Main Avenue Historic District for over 136 years.... Read full article

At Crow Canyon, Young Archaeologists Discover The Past

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Every summer, in Cortez, Colorado, a group of archaeologists will be investigating the history of the ancestral Pueblo Indians (Anasazi)—the people who built the cliff dwellings of Mesa Verde, and whose descendants are the present-day Pueblo....... Read full article

LOOKING BACK - Ho, for the Cliff Houses!

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Last Friday morning our party of fourteen mounted their horses enroute for the Cliff Houses in Mancos canon under the guidance of Sterl Thomas. We left Cortez about ten o’clock....................................................... Read full article

LOOKING BACK - Montezuma County Historical Society

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Then we lived on the Dolores River at Lone Dome we saw a great deal of the Indians in our first years there. Mr. Dunham used to ride at night so as to escape their attention....... Read full article