by Joyce Lawrence

Mrs. Matt Hammond

Virginia Graham

Position: Looking Back

Frank Pyle

Sarah Elizabeth Walker Moore

Gladys Guillet Hart

by Gladys Guillet Hart

Gladys Hart

by Carrie Smith Dunham

Carrie Smith Dunham

George Sam Todd

Dale Davidson

by Dale Davidson

Position: Montezuma County Historical Society

Bob Bernhart and Dale Davidson

Bob Bernhart

June Head

Position: Montezuma County Historical Society

June Head and Joyce Lawrence

June Head

Mary McKinley Blake

Erastus “Ras” Thompson

William C. Winkler

Howard J. Hanna

Montezuma County Historical Society

The Montezuma County Historical Society

Fannie Wade

The Montezuma Historical Society

Position: As told to Eldon Zwicker

Eldon Zwicker

Position: February 1985

Frank L. Pyle

Morgan Draper

Montezuma Historical Society

Paul Crawford


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

Mitchell Springs: Water under the rock

Mitchell Springs may be referred to as the first town site for the City of Cortez. The first in this series on Mitchell Springs in 1882 may be found in the January issue of Looking Back published...

DATE: Feb. 1, 2013 | COLUMN: Looking back

Mitchell Springs in 1882 was a welcome rest for travelers

Just mention the name of Mitchell Springs to any old timer or one of their descendants and they'll tell you that Mitchell Springs was often referred to as the first town site for the City of...

DATE: Jan. 4, 2013 | COLUMN: Looking back

Mills in the Valley

The best fry bread makers know Blue Bird Flour is the best to use. Cortez Milling, which grinds the famous flour, has been in business for more than 80 years, but it was not the first flour mill in...

DATE: Nov. 30, 2012 | COLUMN: Looking back

Perley Wason, business pioneer

Dale Davidson, a member of the Montezuma Historical Society has offered these articles for the Looking Back series.It was no easier over a hundred years ago than today, to move to the Montezuma...

DATE: Nov. 3, 2012 | COLUMN: Looking back

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