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Alva B. Adams Tunnel

Added by yongli on 06/12/2015 - 15:35, last changed on 05/02/2017 - 15:35
Beneath the glacier-carved peaks and valleys of Rocky Mountain National Park , below the alpine lakes and rushing streams, a concrete-lined tunnel belies the illusion of a pristine wilderness. In 1944, the two ends of the Alva B. Adams Tunnel were connected with a blast of dynamite, creating the...

Boggsville

Added by yongli on 11/05/2015 - 13:48, last changed on 04/19/2017 - 11:46
Founded in 1866 near the confluence of the Arkansas and Purgatoire Rivers, Boggsville became the first permanent settlement in southeastern Colorado. Its residents pioneered irrigation and large-scale farming and ranching in the Arkansas Valley. The town flourished for a few years. In the 1870s,...

Bureau of Reclamation in Colorado

Added by yongli on 05/12/2016 - 16:53, last changed on 05/02/2017 - 15:35
The United States Reclamation Service, later renamed the Bureau of Reclamation, was created in 1902 to advance settlement of the West through construction of large dams, reservoirs, canals, and other projects. Since then, the service has played an important role in the development of Colorado’s...

Colorado–Big Thompson Project

Added by yongli on 08/15/2016 - 13:27, last changed on 05/02/2017 - 15:35
The Colorado–Big Thompson Project (C–BT) is the largest transmountain water diversion in the state of Colorado. Built between 1938 and 1956, the C–BT Project provides supplemental water for municipal, industrial, and irrigation purposes in northeastern Colorado. Water from the C–BT Project also...

Early Irrigation in Denver

Added by yongli on 08/11/2016 - 15:16, last changed on 01/24/2017 - 14:24
Like most places in the arid American West, Denver could not possibly sustain itself without water from irrigation systems. While easy to overlook, disputes over water rights began with the onset of irrigation and persist to the present day. Today, though most of Denver’s original canals have been...

Flooding in Colorado

Added by yongli on 08/15/2016 - 16:19, last changed on 12/01/2016 - 08:29
Coloradans have maintained a complex relationship with the natural process of flooding. On one hand, inhabitants of the arid West—from early indigenous communities to current metropolitan populations—have been attracted to the many resources floodplains provide. On the other hand, periodic...

Milne Farm

Added by yongli on 11/06/2015 - 12:53, last changed on 04/15/2017 - 10:41
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...

Two Buttes Dam

Added by yongli on 08/24/2016 - 15:03, last changed on 05/02/2017 - 15:35
Intended as a way to irrigate nearby farmland, Two Buttes Dam was built in 1909–10 on Two Buttes Creek, about seventeen miles northeast of Springfield . The resulting reservoir did not irrigate much land and was better used as a site for hunting, fishing, boating, and swimming. In 1970 the...

Wayne Aspinall

Added by yongli on 08/01/2016 - 14:56, last changed on 11/30/2016 - 15:19
At the memorial service for long-time congressman Wayne Aspinall in 1983, Colorado Governor Richard Lamm said, “you can’t take a drink of water in Colorado without remembering Wayne Aspinall.” Wayne Norviel Aspinall (1896–1983) was born in Ohio and moved with his family to Palisade , Colorado, in...
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