June Head

Position: Montezuma County Historical Society

Looking Back Gymnasium built by students and interested people

In 1919, it was decided that to have a more complete athletic program, a gymnasium was needed. Money for the gym was collected from pledges of students and interested citizens. Plays were given....

DATE: Sept. 1, 2020 | COLUMN: Looking back

The rough route to Mesa Verde in the early 1900s

Mesa Verde was designated a national park in 1906. William C. Winkler reported the first roadway to carry vehicles was developed in 1913. It entered the park via a set of switchbacks on the...

DATE: Jan. 1, 2019 | COLUMN: Looking back

The ‘Dark Corner’ and ‘Outlaw Capital’ of the Southwest

The United States first acquired the area now called Four Corners from Mexico after the Mexican American War in 1848. The U.S. government first surveyed the area in 1868.Law was present but spread...

DATE: April 12, 2017 | COLUMN: Looking back

Fire at highway barn threatens county records

From the Cortez Herald June 11, 1931 Damage estimated at $3,500 when the highway shop and tools were destroyed by a most spectacular blaze in Cortez of recent years. Luckily most of road machinery...

DATE: Aug. 2, 2013 | CATEGORY: Living

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