Philemon P. Black (1825-1901), from Chautauqua County, New York, farmed 80 acres of land, naming it Sunnyside Ranch, on the north side of Terry Lake near Fort Collins, Colorado. He came to the Fort Collins area in 1874. His pioneering efforts to grow fruit in the Cache la Poudre valley demonstrated that orchards would do well there (from Watrous’ History of Larimer County, Colorado).

This digital collection consists of four of Black’s farm journals dated 1889 to 1893. They contain accounting records and describe the weather, irrigation, farm chores, and social activities. Daily entries also describe crops such as alfalfa, oats, wheat, popcorn, hay, and orchard fruits.

Transcribed excerpts from Black's journals are available at Fort Collins History Connection.

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  • P. P. Black's diary and account book, Fort Collins, Colorado, May 25, 1893 

    Creator(s):Black, Philemon P., 1825-1901, author
    Date:1893-1895
    Format:diaries
    Diary contains brief daily entries that list farm and personal expenses, discusses the weather, irrigation, farm chores, social activities, and crops including alfalfa, oats, wheat, popcorn, hay, and orchard fruits. It ...
  • Diary kept by P. P. Black, 1892 

    Creator(s):Black, Philemon P., 1825-1901, author
    Date:1892-1893
    Format:diaries
    Diary contains brief daily entries that discuss the weather, irrigation, farm chores, social activities, and crops including alfalfa, oats, wheat, popcorn, hay, and orchard fruits. It provides a glimpse into the day-to-day ...
  • P. P. Black's diary for the year 1889 

    Creator(s):Black, Philemon P., 1825-1901, author
    Date:1889
    Format:diaries
    Diary contains brief daily entries that discuss the weather, irrigation, farm chores, social activities, and crops including alfalfa, oats, wheat, popcorn, hay, and orchard fruits. It provides a glimpse into the day-to-day ...
  • P. P. Black's diary for 1890 

    Creator(s):Black, Philemon P., 1825-1901, author
    Date:1890-1891
    Format:diaries
    Diary contains brief daily entries that discuss the weather, irrigation, farm chores, social activities, and crops including alfalfa, oats, wheat, popcorn, hay, and orchard fruits. It provides a glimpse into the day-to-day ...