San Luis Valley Historical Society

San Luis Valley Historical Society The San Luis Valley Historical Society is a Non-Profit organization to help highlight, preserve, and advocate for the heritage and history of the San Luis Valley in Southern Colorado.

Interesting history of Jaroso, Colorado
06/04/2019

Interesting history of Jaroso, Colorado

There were no settlers in the Jaroso area until 1890 when a group of Mormons built a little town called Eastdale a couple of miles northwest of present day Jaroso. The town plat was filed in 1914. The Shedd Investment Company in Omaha worked in association with the Costilla Estates Development Company to bring a settlement of Seventh Day Adventists to Jaroso. By the spring of 1915, twenty-five to thirty families had settled. It became a commercial center for a vast area of northern New Mexico. Field peas, potatoes and hogs were plentiful. Just as the town was peaking, the boom came crashing down. The Merchants Bank and the Mesita State Bank failed in 1919. Welker's General Store burned to the ground and the San Luis Southern Railroad went bankrupt. There was a small upswing when George T. Kearns of the Kearns Timber Co. purchased the San Luis Southern Railway. They started a bus service from Jaroso to Taos, which was actually a 1924, V-63 Cadillac Suburban and a truck for freight that couldn't fit in the Cadillac and brought service only when the weather was fair. The depression of the 1930's ended this service and brought more hardship. Then in 1932 a blizzard buried the daily train and it was two weeks before the rails were open again. More snow drifts closed train service for weeks and food and supplies were gone.
The population decreased in the 1930s, but Jaroso continued to survive. The passenger train shut down in 1946 and freight trains stopped in 1958. The stores in Jaroso are all closed now, as well as the hotel. The larger farms still operate growing barley and potatoes. The views of the isolated landscape and wild horses truly bring you back to the wild west roots that were put down here a century ago.

Alamosa, Colorado - then and now
06/04/2019

Alamosa, Colorado - then and now

Denver & Rio Grande Railroad roundhouse in Alamosa, June 1997, shortly before the remaining stalls were demolished, phot...
06/01/2019

Denver & Rio Grande Railroad roundhouse in Alamosa, June 1997, shortly before the remaining stalls were demolished, photo by Jim Burrill. Built in the 1920's, the spectacular roundhouse was partially demolished in December, 1967. Some parts were used on the Colorado Railroad Museum's roundhouse in Golden.

05/25/2019
2019 - McIntire Ranch

"Colorado's Most Endangered Places
Published on Feb 12, 2019

The McIntire Ranch is a historic archaeological site that includes the visible remains of the ranch headquarters established by Albert and Florence McIntire circa 1880. The McIntire’s built the mansion after settling near the Conejos River and the abundant water supply from the nearby McIntire Spring. Florence was well educated and came from a wealthy eastern family. A lawyer by profession, Albert McIntire served as a Conejos County Judge and 12th Judicial District Judge before he was elected Governor of Colorado in 1895, an event that took him away from the ranch for long periods of time and prompted a divorce in 1898. Florence was deeded the property and continued to live on the ranch, acquiring additional property and successfully managing the ranch until her death in 1912.

The site includes the ruins of the large Territorial Adobe ranch house and a number of outbuilding foundations, a masonry spring enclosure, a livestock pen and other features including seven artifact concentrations. The most visible and striking component of the site are the ruins of the ranch house which are surrounded by several large cottonwood trees. A number of walls remain standing in various stages of deterioration. There is no roof and the adobe walls and interiors are exposed to the elements. The ranch house exhibits an unusual method of adobe construction, utilizing molded adobe bricks comparable in size to standard kiln-fired bricks and traditional Euro-American brick
construction techniques. Despite the deteriorating conditions of the walls, these unusual construction techniques are visible in the remaining standing walls, conveying the character defining features of the Territorial Adobe type in its plan, with Italianate window openings with decorative brick hood molds.

The McIntire Ranch was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2008 under Criterion D relating to Social History, specifically women’s history, and Agriculture. By listing the ranch on Colorado’s Most Endangered Places list, CPI will raise awareness of the significant threat that weatherization poses to the surviving historic adobe buildings in the San Luis Valley in general, and specifically, to this highly significant National Register listed site. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) acquired the site in 1993, with the assistance of The Nature Conservancy, primarily to protect the abundant wildlife habitat. There is strong support locally and regionally for helping the BLM to preserve the ranch house ruins, from a number of local partners, including the Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area, the Rio Grande del Norte Center at Adams State University, the Mortenson family (descendants of Albert and Florence McIntire), the Western Rivers Conservancy, and the Rio Grande Headwaters Land Trust."

The McIntire Ranch is a historic archaeological site that includes the visible remains of the ranch headquarters established by Albert and Florence McIntire ...

05/24/2019
Territorial Daughters of Colorado

Territorial Daughters of Colorado

Hinsdale County Museum is in need of urgent help preparing for imminent flooding near the museum. Please contact them and help if you can!

"Lake City in Hinsdale County needs volunteers, 18 years and older, capable of lifting 50 lbs. to fill sandbags. To participate, register at http://www.coloradoresponds.communityos.org . A representative will contact you with a schedule of opportunities."

https://denver.cbslocal.com/2019/05/21/hinsdale-lake-city-flooding/

Hinsdale County Museum in Colorado in danger of flood damage and seeking volunteers
Hinsdale County is in anticipating a Flood Event.

The Hindsale County Historical Board is conducting a full evacuation of artifacts and archives in our Lake City Museum.

We are looking for assistance in carefully packing / labeling displays, artifacts, and archives. We can provide lodging (in homes) and are asking for donations of food for volunteers (or volunteers coming self-contained).

We anticipate a volunteer event to accomplish work as early as next weekend.

If you can help (you would need to make your own arrangements) please contact Grant Houston at [email protected] or 970 944 2515

Hinsdale County Office of Emergency Management KKTV 11 News The Gazette San Luis Valley - MuseumTrail.org San Luis Valley Historical Society

Dr. Reddin was a former member of the Board of Directors of the San Luis Valley Historical Society.  Copies of his artic...
05/09/2019
Alamosa News | Dr. Paul Reddin

Dr. Reddin was a former member of the Board of Directors of the San Luis Valley Historical Society. Copies of his articles, “A History of General Stores in Hooper, Moffat and Mosca” and “Growing Up in Hooper in the 1950s” are still available. Message us here if you are interested in obtaining a copy. RIP Dr. Reddin, you will be missed by your many friends, relatives, and fellow historians. We appreciate all that you did to further the interests of historical research in the San Luis Valley.

ALAMOSA — Paul Reddin was born in Hooper, Colo. to Gordon and Lelia Reddin, attended Hooper School and graduated in 1960, the first year of the Sangre de Cristo consolidation.

Mark your calendars, Sept 22nd
09/13/2018

Mark your calendars, Sept 22nd

Top 5 reasons you should attend our event at 6pm, September 22.....

1. You’ll be inspired.💡
2. You’ll learn something new about this very special National Heritage Area we live in. 🇺🇸
3. You’ll have an easy and affordable way to give back to the youth of the San Luis Valley.🎓
4. There will be free stuff! 🕶
5. ALL youth and college IDs get in FREE!💸

You have 7 more days to be 1 of 3 winners of two - $50 gift certificates. Get your punchcard at one of the 16 participat...
08/28/2018
www.museumgiveaway.org

You have 7 more days to be 1 of 3 winners of two - $50 gift certificates. Get your punchcard at one of the 16 participating museums. Visit the museums between Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends in southern Colorado and the San Luis Valley to get your card stamped. www.museumgiveaway.org

Hot off the presses! The San Luis Valley Museum Association has put together a incredible brochure the -- San Luis Valle...
07/27/2018
New heritage brochure now available

Hot off the presses! The San Luis Valley Museum Association has put together a incredible brochure the -- San Luis Valley Heritage brochure “San Luis Valley: The Cradle of Colorado” is ready to be enjoyed. This beautiful 16-page brochure provides Valley residents and visitors alike journeys to explore all the Valley has to offer in its culture, history and heritage. The brochure holds six travel itineraries designed to lead readers on a journey to distinct sites throughout the #SLV including Antonito, La Jara, Sanford, and Manassa.

Pick up a copy at any of our 19 museum members
(www.museumtrail.org/museums), or at the Valley’s Visitor Centers in Ft Garland, San Luis, Antonito, Saguache, Monte Vista, Del Norte, Creede, and South Fork; and the Colorado Welcome Center – Alamosa.

https://alamosanews.com/article/new-heritage-brochure-now-available

Memory Workshop -- When: Sunday, July 29, from 2-4 pmWhere: Fort Garland Museum, 29477 Highway 159 in Fort Garland, COTe...
07/25/2018

Memory Workshop -- When: Sunday, July 29, from 2-4 pm
Where: Fort Garland Museum, 29477 Highway 159 in Fort Garland, CO

Tell your stories at this workshop. "This memory workshop will help develop the next phase of the Borderlands of Southern Colorado exhibit. We need your help. Your memories and family history of the San Luis Valley are very important to the history of Colorado." Estevan Rael-Galvez sponsored by History Colorado

When: Sunday, July 29, from 2-4 pm
Where: Fort Garland Museum, 29477 Highway 159 in Fort Garland

This is a special invitation to an event this weekend at Fort Garland Museum with Estevan Rael-Galvez, former State Historian of New Mexico and partner on the Borderlands of Southern Colorado exhibit development. Here is a message from him:

I am honored and excited to work in partnership with History Colorado and especially to work with the residents of the San Luis Valley to begin the project — 'gathering memory.' It reminds me of something I once wrote, which remains true today and of this initiative:

"History is worth remembering. Here, remembering the past is like opening a gift. Remembering invites us to listen to what we hear and to look at what we see, it also invites us to pull back the layers that make it contested—people, places,moments in time and the stories that reveal the fullness of the human condition. Yet, like any gift worth holding onto, it also carries a responsibility. We must be able to learn from those that have gone before us and we must be able to teach our children to appreciate the value of this historical understanding. It will invite them, in turn, to make History that is also worth remembering.
- Estevan

This memory workshop will help develop the next phase of the Borderlands of Southern Colorado exhibit. We need your help. Your memories and family history of the San Luis Valley are very important to the history of Colorado.

You could be 1 of 3 winners of two - $50 gift certificates. Get your punchcard at one of the 16 participating museums of...
06/21/2018
www.museumtrail.org

You could be 1 of 3 winners of two - $50 gift certificates. Get your punchcard at one of the 16 participating museums of our friends at the San Luis Valley Museum Association. Visit the museums between Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends in southern Colorado and the San Luis Valley to get your card stamped. www.museumgiveaway.org

Congratulations to Nick Saenz and Kathy Faz as cohort Fellows with the Latino Leadership Institute's Summer 2018 Cohort....
06/01/2018
Latino Leadership Institute

Congratulations to Nick Saenz and Kathy Faz as cohort Fellows with the Latino Leadership Institute's Summer 2018 Cohort.

Nick is our Society's Treasurer and was recently awarded tenure at Adams State University and promotion to associate professor.

Kathy is a Supervisory Park Ranger with the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, National Park Service.

We proudly introduce our newest cohort of Fellows, a diverse group of 23 Latino Leaders who represent a range of industries across Colorado's education, government, non-profit, and private sectors. Averaging 15 years of professional experience, participants in Cohort 7 will enhance their leadership acumen over the next nine months by learning from our expert presenters, community, Alumni Network, and each other. Learn about Cohort 7 Fellows by clicking the link below.

Congratulations and welcome, Fellows!

#LatinosLead #ColoradoLeaders

The Valley's Early Milling - "It was mainly a seasonal business that thrived when crops were being harvested and wagons ...
05/30/2018
Rabbitbrush Rambler: The Valley’s early milling

The Valley's Early Milling - "It was mainly a seasonal business that thrived when crops were being harvested and wagons lined up at the mill from dawn until late in the day, while the customers dozed and chewed the rag....And north of Monte Vista, the Gosar family takes justifiable pride in grinding and selling its stone-ground Mountain Mama flour today."

Fort Garland, Colorado #SanLuis City of Monte Vista, CO #Guadalupe #ConejosRiver #LafayetteHead Saguache, Colorado Otto Mears Alamosa, Colorado La Jara, Colorado Mosca, Colorado #Gosar

https://alamosanews.com/article/rabbitbrush-rambler-the-valleys-early-milling

What a great opportunity to learn the fascinating history of the #SanLuisValley and win a prize.  Get your punchcard at ...
05/27/2018
www.museumgiveaway.org

What a great opportunity to learn the fascinating history of the #SanLuisValley and win a prize. Get your punchcard at one of the 16 participating museum for the 2018 Museum Giveaway hosted by the SLV Museum Association! You could be 1 of 3 winners of 2 - $50 gift certificates (1-$50 for City Market and 1-$50 for shopping at the museums' gift shops). Get more details @ www.museumgiveaway.org

Nice article/audio about the Valley's acequias.  Thanks San Luis Valley - MuseumTrail.org for finding this!
05/09/2018
San Luis Valley - MuseumTrail.org

Nice article/audio about the Valley's acequias. Thanks San Luis Valley - MuseumTrail.org for finding this!

Acequias and the spring limpieza. "For many people, spring is a time for deep cleaning..... That’s also the case on farms in southern Colorado and northern New Mexico, where farmers spend their weekends banding together to clean out [limpieza] the irrigation ditches [acequias] that bring snowmelt to their fields." KUNC 91.5fm

Article/Audio features Dan Quintana, Shirley Romero Otero, John Madrid, Augustin “Roy” Esquibel, and Junita Martinez.

http://www.kunc.org/post/keeping-unique-water-tradition-alive-southern-colorado-s-acequias

Airing tonight! - San Luis Valley native Jack Dempsey to have his story featured on the Travel Channel's - Mysteries at ...
04/26/2018

Airing tonight! - San Luis Valley native Jack Dempsey to have his story featured on the Travel Channel's - Mysteries at the Museum.

Jack Dempsey's story to be featured on the Travel Channel's - Mysteries at the Museum - Thursday, April 26th. 7pm MST. Great program!!!! Portions were filmed at the Manassa's Jack Dempsey Museum

On this day, April 5, 1851...the town of San Luis was founded 167yrs ago."Colorado’s oldest continuously occupied town, ...
04/09/2018

On this day, April 5, 1851...the town of San Luis was founded 167yrs ago.

"Colorado’s oldest continuously occupied town, San Luis, will celebrate its 164th anniversary this week. On April 5 [not April 9 as mentioned in article], 1851 San Luis was recognized as an official town, after Canadian-born, Charles Beaubien, acquired the one million acre tract under the Sangre de Cristo Grant, bringing an influx of people along with it."
https://www.historycolorado.org/press-release/2015/04/01/colorado-celebrates-anniversary-its-oldest-town-san-luis

On this day in Colorado history (April 9, 1851) the first permanent European-American settlement in present-day Colorado was established at San Luis de la Culebra in the northern New Mexico Territory by settlers from the Taos area. San Luis is the oldest continuously occupied town in Colorado. The town is located in Costilla County.

San Luis Valley - MuseumTrail.org San Luis Valley Historical Society San Luis, Colorado Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area #ColoradoHistory #SanLuisValley

Graduating Seniors! A paid internship is available..."We are thrilled to partner with the Smithsonian Latino Center agai...
04/06/2018

Graduating Seniors! A paid internship is available...

"We are thrilled to partner with the Smithsonian Latino Center again on the Young Ambassador program this summer. This is a paid internship for graduating high school seniors aimed at fostering the next generation of Latino leaders in the arts, sciences, and humanities. Apply to the Young Ambassadors Program! Deadline is April 9." History Colorado

We are thrilled to partner with the Smithsonian Latino Center again on the Young Ambassador program this summer. This is a paid internship for graduating high school seniors aimed at fostering the next generation of Latino leaders in the arts, sciences, and humanities.

Apply to the Young Ambassadors Program! Deadline is April 9: http://latino.si.edu/Education/YAP #SLCYAP2018

The unique dialect of the San Luis Valley will be the focus of the next CFI lecture, Wed Mar 21st.
03/19/2018
San Luis Valley - MuseumTrail.org

The unique dialect of the San Luis Valley will be the focus of the next CFI lecture, Wed Mar 21st.

"The Colorado Field Institute will host a winter lecture on geography and linguistics in the San Luis Valley by Dennis Lopez. The lecture will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 21st, in Porter Hall, Room 130, on the Adams State University Campus, 208 Edgemont, Alamosa."

https://alamosanews.com/article/dennis-lopez-to-give-lecture

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