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.Here is an ad from the 1898 Sears aamp; Roebuck Catalogue advertising the building block machine. A machine like this was used to build houses, the L.E. Jenkins Drug Store, and the Farmers and Merchants Bank. (Courtesy of La Plata Countyanbsp;...
|Title||:||Bayfield and the Pine River Valley:|
|Author||:||Laddie E. John|
|Publisher||:||Arcadia Publishing - 2002-03-05|