In 1983, in the aftermath of the Lawn Lake flood in Estes Park, the Reorganized Farmers Ditch Company was created as a mutual ditch company from its predecessor, the Farmers Irrigating Ditch and Reservoir Company, which formed in 1878. The main purpose of both companies has been to store and deliver water from the Big Thompson River for irrigation. Legal and financial materials from both companies dominate the collection. Other materials include meeting minutes, stock certificates, water records, maps of the ditch and its features, ditch rider diaries, photographs, newspaper articles, and publications. For more information see the finding aid.

This digital collection, with materials dated circa 1900 to 2009, includes water delivery records, photographs of the company’s system and the Lawn Lake dam failure, and long-time ditch rider Henry Schmidt’s diaries.

Recent Submissions

  • Notebook: T. M. McKee 

    Creator(s):McKee, T. M., author
    Date:undated
    Format:notebooks
    Notebook pages listing water rights priority dates and water transfers to other reservoirs and ditch companies applicable to the Farmers Irrigating Ditch and Reservoir Company.
  • Notebook: Water decrees 

    Creator(s):Unidentified author
    Date:undated
    Format:notebooks
    Notebook listing water decrees and water transfers applicable to the Farmers Irrigating Ditch and Reservoir Company.
  • Ditch rider daily notebooks Henry Schmidt. 1982 

    Creator(s):Schmidt, Henry, author
    Date:1982
    Format:notebooks
    Daily log of Farmers Irrigating Ditch and Reservoir Company ditch rider, Henry Schmidt, for 1982; includes both personal and professional activities.
  • Ditch rider daily notebooks Henry Schmidt. 1981 

    Creator(s):Schmidt, Henry, author
    Date:1981
    Format:notebooks
    Daily log of Farmers Irrigating Ditch and Reservoir Company ditch rider, Henry Schmidt, for 1981; includes both personal and professional activities.
  • Ditch rider daily notebooks Henry Schmidt. 1980 

    Creator(s):Schmidt, Henry, author
    Date:1980
    Format:notebooks
    Daily log of Farmers Irrigating Ditch and Reservoir Company ditch rider, Henry Schmidt, for 1980; includes both personal and professional activities.
  • Ditch rider daily notebooks Henry Schmidt. 1979 

    Creator(s):Schmidt, Henry, author
    Date:1979
    Format:notebooks
    Daily log of Farmers Irrigating Ditch and Reservoir Company ditch rider, Henry Schmidt, for 1979; includes both personal and professional activities.
  • Ditch rider daily notebooks Henry Schmidt. 1978 

    Creator(s):Schmidt, Henry, author
    Date:1978
    Format:notebooks
    Daily log of Farmers Irrigating Ditch and Reservoir Company ditch rider, Henry Schmidt, for 1978; includes both personal and professional activities.
  • RFD - water records. 2009 

    Creator(s):Unidentified author
    Date:2009
    Format:lists (document genres); correspondence
    Irrigation lists and letter from City of Loveland to the Farmers Ditch Company noting water used at Barnes Park.
  • RFD - water records. 2008 

    Creator(s):Unidentified author
    Date:2008
    Format:document genres; lists (document genres)
    Irrigation lists and gage measurement data charts for the Reorganized Farmers Ditch Company.
  • RFD - water records. 2007 

    Creator(s):Unidentified author
    Date:2007
    Format:document genres; lists (document genres)
    Irrigation lists and gage measurement data charts for the Reorganized Farmers Ditch Company.
  • RFD - water records. 2006 

    Creator(s):Unidentified author
    Date:2006
    Format:document genres; lists (document genres)
    Irrigation lists, gage measurement data charts, and quota lists for the Reorganized Farmers Ditch Company.
  • RFD - water records. 2005 

    Creator(s):Unidentified author
    Date:2005
    Format:document genres; lists (document genres); correspondence
    Irrigation lists, gage measurement data charts, quota lists, and letter from City of Loveland to the Farmers Ditch Company noting water used at Barnes Park.
  • RFD - water records. 2004 

    Creator(s):Unidentified author
    Date:2004
    Format:document genres; lists (document genres); correspondence
    Irrigation lists, gage measurement data charts, and letter from City of Loveland to the Farmers Ditch Company noting water used at Barnes Park.
  • RFD - water records. 2003-2009 

    Creator(s):Unidentified author
    Date:2003-2009
    Format:document genres
    Gage measurement data charts for the Reorganized Farmers Ditch Company.
  • RFD - water records. 2003 

    Creator(s):Unidentified author
    Date:2003
    Format:lists (document genres); correspondence
    Irrigation lists and letter from City of Loveland to the Farmers Ditch Company noting water used at Barnes Park.
  • RFD - water records. 2002 

    Creator(s):Unidentified author
    Date:2002
    Format:lists (document genres)
    Irrigation lists for the Reorganized Farmers Ditch Company.
  • RFD - water records. 2001 

    Creator(s):Unidentified author
    Date:2001
    Format:lists (document genres); correspondence
    Irrigation lists and letter from City of Loveland to the Farmers Ditch Company noting water used at Barnes Park.
  • RFD - water records. 2000 

    Creator(s):Unidentified author
    Date:2000
    Format:correspondence
    Letter from City of Loveland to the Farmers Ditch Company noting water used at Barnes Park.
  • RFD - water records. 1999 

    Creator(s):Unidentified author
    Date:1999
    Format:document genres
    Statement of water used at Barnes Park in 1999 by the Farmers Ditch Company.
  • RFD - water records. 1996 

    Creator(s):Unidentified author
    Date:1996
    Format:document genres
    Monthly water transaction statements for the Reorganized Farmers Ditch Company from Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District.

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