Bayfield and the Pine River Valley 1860-1960

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With the climate, elevation, and abundance of water, early settlers to the Pine River Valley found that the area was ideal for prosperous settlements and the growing of crops. Captured here in over 200 vintage images are the trials and triumphs of these early pioneers determined to develop the land and carve a niche for themselves in the San Juan Mountains. Named Rio de Los Pinos by 18th-century Spanish explorers, the Pine River Valley boasts some of the richest land in Southwestern Colorado. As pioneers and settlers became aware of these natural resources, towns sprouted up throughout the valley proper. One of these communities was historic Bayfield. Pictured here are the earliest days of the community, including the homesteads, lumber camps, churches, downtown buildings, and businesses no longer existing, as well as the events and residents who helped forge the town's destiny.
ISBN: 9780738520520
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Colorado
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Local author Laddie John has culled images from several sources to produce this pictorial history of Bayfield and the Pine River Valley, including the Center of Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College and the Denver Historical Society. He is a member of the La Plata Historical Society, and the author of several articles on the region's history.
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