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  Archuleta, Antonio Donaciano
NameAntonio Donaciano Archuleta
Conejos, Colorado , United States
Born December 02, 1854
DiedMarch 00, 1918 (63 years)
Last ModifedBrentinCO
Jun 09, 2019 01:39pm

Was youngest member of the House of the 1st General Assembly. The first legislative session convened on November 1, 1876 and adjourned on March 20, 1877.

Archuleta County is named for him. In 1876 he was elected a member of the first house of legislature of the newly admitted State and, by re-election, he served for two terms as the representative of Conejos and Costilla Counties. In 1883 he was elected to the State senate from Conejos County and served for 4 years. During the second year of his service he introduced the bill providing for the separation of Archuleta from Conejos County. It was his intention to name the new county “Pagosa,” but his friends in the senate objected and urged the adoption of“Archuleta” as the county name.

Archuleta was killed in 1918 near Pilares de Nacozari, Nacozari de García Municipality, Sonora, Mexico.

On or about March 21, 1918, the claimant, then residing at Pagosa Springs, Colorado, received a telegram dated March 21, 1918, which was sent to him from Douglas, Arizona, informing him that his father had been murdered near his mine in Mexico, and that the body had been found on March 16, 1918, in a decomposed condition.

Some days after the murder of the claimant's father when the body was discovered, the authorities at Pilares de Nacozari visited the house of the deceased and there made a perfunctory investigation of the murder, ascertaining that the contents of the house were in a disturbed condition, which led to the conclusion that robbery had been the motive of the murder. It appeared that the murder occurred in the house, from which the body was dragged about 75 feet into a tunnel several hundred feet distant from the house, where it was found. Although the authorities arrested several persons suspected of the murder, including a young man about twenty years of age, they failed to continue a conscientious investigation of the murder, placed the "suspected criminals" at large, and did nothing to clear up the crime with a view to apprehending and punishing the murderers. — Daniel R. Archuleta (U.S.A.) v. United Mexican States

Colorado Legislative Manual, 1877


The Real Pioneers of Colorado, by Maria D. McGrath, vol. 1, page 35


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