Saguache in Saguache County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Otto Mears and John Lawrence
John Lawrence and Otto Mears were both orphans, then soldiers, then Colorado pioneers – and both were instrumental in founding Saguache. Mears, a tireless enterpriser, boistered local agriculture with his
• John Lawrence (standing left) moved from the south San Luis Valley up to the Saguache area with James B. Woodson (seated) in 1867. In 1902 Lawrence married Woodson’s widow, Juliana Vigil Woodson (standing right) – a marriage both would agree was one of “convenience”.
• Saguache, c. 1920. While the Ute word Saguache is popularly translated as “water by the blue earth place”, the Ute language is a living entity and today’s Southern Ute Tribe states its literal meaning as “water that comes from underground”.
• Otto Mears and Ute Chief Ouray, 1880. Prior to Anglo and Hispano settlement of the Saguache area, it
• The Saguache Crescent first went to press in 1882 (it was published under different names until 1886 when it adopted Crescent). It is still in business today using the traditional hot-lead process to set type.
Erected by Colorado Historical society.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Colorado - History Colorado, and the Old Spanish National Trail series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1874.
Location. 38° 5.127′ N, 106° 8.512′ W. Marker is in Saguache, Colorado, in Saguache County. Marker is at the intersection of 8th Street (State Highway 285) and Christy Avenue, on the right when traveling north on 8th Street. Marker is located at the Otto Mears Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Saguache CO 81149, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Old Spanish Trail North Branch (a few steps from this marker); Otto Mears Park (within shouting distance of this marker); George W. Hazard Memorial (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line).
Also see . . . Saguache, Colorado. (Submitted on July 15, 2018, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee.)
Credits. This page was last revised on July 18, 2018. It was originally submitted on July 15, 2018, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 319 times since then and 94 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on July 15, 2018, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.