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Andrew Gulliford

Position: Special to the Herald

Email: gulliford_a@fortlewis.edu

The truth behind a frontier myth in Pagosa Springs

Just west of Pagosa Springs is a small roadside park north of the highway. A bronze plaque set in granite says that more than a century ago Capt. Albert Pfeiffer stripped naked on behalf of Utes in...

DATE: June 10, 2017 | COLUMN: Gulliford's Travels

Putting Everett Ruess to rest: Perhaps a final conclusion to a 1934 desert mystery

One of the great mysteries of the Four Corners and the Southwest has been the 1934 disappearance of young artist Everett Ruess. He left the Utah village of Escalante alone, descended Davis Gulch...

DATE: May 13, 2017 | COLUMN: Gulliford's Travels

Marie Ogden’s search for truth in the Utah desert

In 1933, in the depths of the Great Depression, 49-year-old Marie Ogden, a spiritualist and millennial Christian, moved to Dry Valley in San Juan County, Utah, to establish a religious colony and...

DATE: March 9, 2017 | COLUMN: Gulliford's Travels

Secrets of the Saguache stone snakes: A remarkable mystery endures

There are secrets in the San Luis Valley at the northern edge of the Sangre de Christo Mountains. One of the most interesting is the riddle of large stone snakes, who built them, when and why. I...

DATE: Feb. 8, 2017 | COLUMN: Gulliford's Travels

Walls of time, wonders: Dominguez and Escalante canyons

As the snow piles up, I think of warm desert hikes. One of my favorites is a place in Colorado that looks and feels like Utah, except rocks are gone. Dominguez Creek has some of the oldest rocks...

DATE: Jan. 11, 2017 | COLUMN: Gulliford's Travels

Sheepherder Pacomio Chacon: An artist among the aspens

In researching sheep and public lands grazing across Colorado, I have seen hundreds of carved aspen trees or arborglyphs. But only one artist of the aspens truly stands out. His work enlivened the...

DATE: Dec. 7, 2016 | COLUMN: Gulliford's Travels

Grand visions in the New Mexico desert

Historians love birthdays and anniversaries, and southern New Mexico is celebrating a big one. It’s been a century since the Bureau of Reclamation constructed the Elephant Butte Dam under terms of...

DATE: Nov. 9, 2016 | COLUMN: Gulliford's Travels

All in family: A century of selling groceries in Georgetown

In Georgetown, one of the oldest family-owned groceries operating in the Rocky Mountains began as Kneisel & Anderson in 1883. Original bins, shelving and tea canisters were installed in the new...

DATE: Oct. 12, 2016 | COLUMN: Gulliford's Travels

Love stories at Tres Piedras: Aldo Leopold’s cabin in New Mexico

“There are two things that interest me: the relation of people to each other, and the relation of people to land,” wrote Aldo Leopold in A Sand County Almanac. As one of the 20th century’s top...

DATE: Sept. 7, 2016 | COLUMN: Gulliford's Travels

Pioneers of La Plata County: Aspass family settled in 1870s

At the beginning of La Plata County history, even before Colorado statehood in 1876, the Hans Aspaas family was here. Over the next 140 years, family members moved across the county. One son...

DATE: Aug. 10, 2016 | COLUMN: Gulliford's Travels

Phantom Ranch: Mary Colter’s oasis in the Grand Canyon

Anyone who has hiked the Bright Angel Trail off the Grand Canyon’s South Rim knows the pleasure 9 miles below of finding Phantom Ranch. How the ranch got there, who planted the first trees and who...

DATE: July 13, 2016 | COLUMN: Gulliford's Travels

Mining on the edge at the Old One Hundred high above Silverton

The first time I saw the Old One Hundred boardinghouse near Silverton I had been scanning Galena Mountain with binoculars. I was about to give up, and then, I found it. Who could possibly have...

DATE: June 8, 2016 | COLUMN: Gulliford's Travels

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