Andrew Gulliford

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 founded the town of Ignacio. Another son was almost jailed for cattle theft. Helen Ruth Aspaas, a great, great descendant, still lives on the...

Andrew Gulliford is a professor of Southwest Studies and History at Fort Lewis College. E-mail him at

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