John V. Peterson
On A Rail
Car of Logs
John V. Peterson (4th from the
right), who homesteaded the ranch in 1914, stands tall on a load
of logs bound for market in Alamosa, Colorado and beyond. The
narrow gauge railroad passed through Pagosa Springs to a major hub
Note the differing sizes of the logs. The
old Ranch House was built from trees harvested on the ranch, and
each board was rough-cut into the maximum size the log would
permit. This lumber was then hand fit to fashion the walls,
ceiling, and floors of the house.
John's wife Goldie never
liked this photograph, as it shows John standing next to the woman
who was his girlfriend at the time!
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