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Agricultural Extension Service

Added by yongli on 08/21/2015 - 13:57, last changed on 11/03/2017 - 10:23
The agricultural extension service in Colorado (1887–present) links individuals, organizations, and communities with research experts to address agrarian issues. These issues encompass rural problems associated with farming and ranching, as well as urban topics such as cooperative gardens and...

Dearfield

Added by yongli on 06/02/2017 - 13:05, last changed on 08/29/2017 - 08:07
Established on May 5, 1910, by a young entrepreneur named Oliver Toussaint Jackson , Dearfield was an agricultural colony for black people about twenty-five miles southeast of Greeley . For two decades nearly 700 black people worked to transform the rolling desert hills into a thriving farm...

Harms Farm

Added by yongli on 07/05/2017 - 12:52, last changed on 11/15/2017 - 13:01
Harms Farm is a historic agricultural property about two and a half miles north of Paoli in Phillips County . The 160-acre section around the main farmstead, which lies on the west side of County Road 21 between County Roads 30 and 32, was first claimed by John Nelson in 1894 and acquired by the...

Irrigation in Colorado

Added by yongli on 02/03/2017 - 11:48, last changed on 11/08/2017 - 10:39
The tension between aridity and irrigated agriculture has been a defining characteristic of Colorado for much of its modern history. On average, the state receives less than fifteen inches of annual precipitation, making it the seventh driest state in the country. To complicate matters, the...

Milne Farm

Added by yongli on 11/06/2015 - 12:53, last changed on 11/03/2017 - 10:39
First established in the 1880s as a homestead associated with the Greeley agricultural colony, Milne Farm sits just west of Lucerne in Weld County. The Milne family has owned the farm continuously for more than 125 years and has long been involved in irrigation , civic improvement, and business in...

Oliver Toussaint Jackson

Added by yongli on 09/29/2016 - 14:47, last changed on 10/31/2017 - 09:37
Oliver Toussaint “O. T.” Jackson (1862–1948) was an entrepreneur and prominent member of black communities in Denver and Boulder during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. In 1910 he founded Dearfield , an-all black agricultural settlement some twenty-five miles southeast of Greeley...

Oltjenbruns Farm

Added by yongli on 07/05/2017 - 13:40, last changed on 08/29/2017 - 08:06
Oltjenbruns Farm is a historic agricultural property about two and a half miles southwest of Amherst in Phillips County . The 320 acres around the main farmstead, which lies on the west side of County Road 49 just north of Highway 23, was first claimed by the Berkes and Hanway families in the 1890s...

Phillips County

Added by yongli on 09/30/2016 - 11:11, last changed on 10/30/2017 - 01:07
Phillips County covers 688 square miles on the Great Plains of northeastern Colorado. It has a population of 4,349, more than half of whom live in the county seat of Holyoke . Other communities include Haxton (pop. 946) and Amherst (58). Frenchman Creek is the only source of surface water for the...

Rock Ledge Ranch (Buena Vista)

Added by yongli on 10/31/2016 - 10:59, last changed on 08/31/2017 - 06:35
Established in 1887 by Ernest Wilber, Rock Ledge Ranch is a historic ranch four miles west of Buena Vista in the Upper Arkansas Valley (17975 Co Rd 338, Buena Vista, CO 81211). Since 1908 the ranch has been owned and operated by multiple generations of the Franzel family, which immigrated to the...

The Bee Family Farm

Added by yongli on 02/24/2016 - 15:25, last changed on 10/29/2017 - 01:07
The Bee Family Farm is a historic farm located between Fort Collins and Wellington. In operation as a working farm since 1894, it is now an outdoor museum that preserves and displays the family’s historic artifacts, buildings, and fields to help visitors experience the history of farming in...

Washington County

Added by yongli on 09/30/2016 - 11:23, last changed on 11/16/2017 - 11:09
Washington County, named for the first US president, is a county of 2,524 square miles on Colorado’s eastern Great Plains . It is bordered to the north by Logan County , to the east by Yuma County , to the south by Kit Carson and Lincoln Counties, and to the west by Arapahoe , Adams , and Morgan...

Yuma County

Added by yongli on 09/30/2016 - 12:30, last changed on 09/02/2017 - 01:07
Yuma County covers 2,369 square miles in northeast Colorado. A part of the state’s Great Plains region, the county includes the lowest point in Colorado: 3,315 feet, along the Arikaree River at the Kansas border. Yuma County is bordered to the east by Cheyenne County, Kansas, to the south by Kit...

“Great American Desert”

Added by yongli on 09/30/2016 - 09:37, last changed on 08/31/2017 - 08:09
Early nineteenth century Army explorers Zebulon Pike and Stephen H. Long conceptualized the Great Plains east of the Rocky Mountains as the “Great American Desert.” Long’s report called it “unfit for cultivation,” while Pike compared it to “the sandy deserts of Africa.” The myth of the Great...
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