Colorado as an Agricultural State; Its Farms, Fields and Garden Lands Volume 3

Colorado as an Agricultural State; Its Farms, Fields and Garden Lands Volume 3

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1883 edition. Excerpt: ... at Colorado Springs or Pueblo, that would take all that could be raised from these now idle farms. A fair volume of water runs waste, that could be utilized and made the medium through which grain could ripen in scores of wheat fields. Not one-tenth part of the land is at present cropped. A few enterprising farmers could find pleasant homes here. This is the only stream of any account in El Paso County, hence agriculture, thus far, has not engrossed the attention of its citizens. Late reports give about three hundred farms in the entire county. The sheep interest, however, is very large, and the eastern half of the county is dotted with ranges where sheep thrive. The hay crop of the county, in favorable seasons, reaches fully ten thousand tons; a large area of upland is cut over without being irrigated. Some attention is paid to alfalfa. In the Arkansas Valley, though vast tracts of fertile lands lie on either side of a river flowing an immense body of water, there is but little agricultural development. From Canon City east of Pueblo, a goodly part of the valley lands are cultivated, but eastward, the agriculture of the valley is in the future. In 1874 an extensive canal was built at a cost of over one hundred thousand dollars, to water the plains south and east of Pueblo, but it did not prove a success. Probably the nature of the soil had something to do with it. It was sandy and frequent wash-outs occurred, while the canal itself soon filled up with sand deposited by the flowing current. The greater length of the canal, at its lower end, has been abandoned, though under the first part of it a few farmers are settled, using the water at a fixed annual rental. Stock interests predominate in Pueblo County, as indeed it will be found more

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  • Paperback | 60 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 127g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236842030
  • 9781236842039