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Abstract In 2002, the Fort Collins office of the National Park Service contracted with Professor Michael Welsh of the University of Northern Colorado to conduct oral history interviews focused on land use patterns. The area of focus was the Cache la Poudre River Heritage Corridor. The collection consists of interview recordings, transcripts, and one paper on water conservation. A portion of the collection is digitized and ...
Abstract The Larimer County District Court Map Collection (1884-1953) contains maps of water-related structures used to establish water rights and settle water disputes in district courts. The maps provide information regarding water adjudication and water litigation in the first half of the twentieth century. The information on some of the more comprehensive maps offer details about the physical description, capacity and water source of large canals, ditches, reservoirs and wells. Collectively they...
Abstract For six days in September 2013, historic levels of rain fell over much of the Northern Colorado Front Range causing massive flooding and landslides that killed eight people and caused over $2 billion in damage to homes, businesses, farms, and irrigation structures. This collection contains oral history interviews, reports, PowerPoint presentations, newspapers, and a video documenting the 2013 floods and their aftermath. Most of the oral history interviewees were officials and professionals...
Abstract Martin Svedman was the first of the Svedman family to farm in Colorado. He arrived in Colorado in 1880, and in 1883 homesteaded land near what would become Windsor, Colorado. Over the years, he devoted portions of his land to both crops and livestock. His son Clarence Martin Svedman, born in 1906, took over management of the Svedman lands following his father's death in 1923. Clarence Svedman and his son Clarence James (Jim) Svedman, worked the land jointly until the elder Svedman's death in...
Dates: 1898-2000; Majority of material found within 1950s-1970s
Abstract William Daven "W.D." Farr (1910-2007) was a leading water pioneer, cattleman, and businessman in northern Colorado. He was extensively involved in many local and national water and agricultural organizations, including the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District, the Greeley Water and Sewer Board, and the American National Cattlemen's Association. Materials document little of Farr's professional life but more of his service activities and personal life. Beyond Farr and his...
Dates: 1890-2010; Majority of material found within 1980-2005
Abstract Formed in 1882 in Loveland, Colorado, the Consolidated Home Supply Ditch and Reservoir Company (CHS) delivers water for agricultural purposes through its system of ditches and reservoirs located in Larimer and Weld counties. The company and its system, which draws from the Big Thompson River, are well documented through minute books, water records, and files of recent secretaries. Supplementing these are stock, financial, and legal records, as well as photographs, maps, plans, and drawings....
Dates: 1874-2012; Majority of material found within 1950-2005
Abstract The Section No. 3 Ditch Company was incorporated in March 1870 in Weld County. The company constructed its ditch to divert water from the South Platte River for agriculture, milling and dairying purposes. In 1910, it was reincorporated as the Godfrey Ditch Company. The collection contains the minute books of both companies, which span 1870 to 1986. Also included are account ledgers and stock registers, as well as some legal documents and historical information. A portion of the collection is...
Abstract Since 1901, the North Poudre Irrigation Company (NPIC) has supplied water to Northern Colorado's Boxelder Creek Valley farmers and ranchers through its system of canals and reservoirs. Today, the company owns nineteen reservoirs and approximately 200 miles of ditches and laterals. The company's activities and system are documented through a variety of material types including annual reports, stock certificates, financial records, legal documents, engineering reports, correspondence, meeting...
Dates: 1880-2009; Majority of material found within 1901-2005
Abstract The Plumb and Dailey Ditch Company maintains, operates, and owns the water rights to the Godding, Dailey and Plumb Ditch which draws water from Boulder Creek near Longmont in Weld County, Colorado. The company is occasionally referred to as the Godding, Dailey and Plumb Ditch Company. The Plumb and Dailey Ditch is an alternate name for the ditch. The company was established in 1888 and registered as a non-profit corporation in March 1912. Materials include record books, stocks/stock records,...
Abstract The Reorganized Farmers Ditch Company was created in 1983 as a mutual ditch company in the state of Colorado from unusual circumstances. The predecessor organization was the Farmers Irrigating Ditch and Reservoir Company. The main purpose of both companies has been to store and deliver water for irrigation, drawn from the Big Thompson River. Legal and financial materials dominate the collection, but comprehensive sets of meeting minutes exist, along with fairly complete sets of early stock...
Dates: 1878-2020; Majority of material found within 1970-2000
Abstract The Water Oral Histories Collection consists of interviews and reminiscences covering the work of some of Colorado's distinguished civil engineers, irrigators, and water leaders. Subjects include Northern Colorado's irrigation history, irrigation engineering and research in Colorado, large water storage projects, groundwater issues, and the personal and professional lives of some of Colorado's water leaders. A portion of the collection is digitized and ...