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Pitchers, not Pilchers

Brief by Central Staff

Correction – June 2006 – Colorado Central Magazine

An article about the proposed Wolf Creek village in the May edition said that the ski area was owned by the Pilcher family, when in fact it is the Pitcher family.

They are descendants of Otto Mears, founder of Saguache, toll-road and railroad builder, newspaper publisher, and “Pathfinder of the San Juans.”

Mears, an orphaned Russian immigrant, married Mary Kampfschulte of Granite in Saguache in 1870. They had three daughters, two of whom, Cora and Laura, survived to adulthood.

Cora, born Nov. 25, 1879, married James Robertson Pitcher, Jr., and they had four sons.

Both Allen Best, who wrote the piece, and Colorado Central regret the error; we all should have known better.