In 2002, the Fort Collins office of the National Park Service contracted with Professor Michael Welsh of the University of Northern Colorado to conduct oral history interviews with water users, administrators, and policy makers focused on land use patterns in the Cache la Poudre River Heritage Corridor. The collection consists of interview recordings, transcripts, and one paper on water conservation. For more information see the finding aid.

This digital collection, with materials dated 2002 to 2004, consists of the collection’s oral history audio recordings and transcripts.

Recent Submissions

  • Susan Hoskinson oral history interview 

    Author(s):Hoskinson, Susan; Weingartner, Zack
    Date:2003-04-17
    Format:transcripts; oral histories (literary works)
    Susan Hoskinson was a long-time resident of Fort Collins. In the interview, she discusses the history of the Cache la Poudre River, recreating on the river, and the formation of the Poudre River Trust.
  • Greg Hobbs oral history interview 

    Author(s):Hobbs, Greg; Welsh, Michael E.
    Date:2003-02-07-2003-03-07
    Format:audiocassettes; transcripts; oral histories (literary works)
    Gregory J. Hobbs, Jr., was a justice on the Colorado Supreme Court. In the interviews, he discusses the historical development of water law and use in Colorado as well as agriculture and land use.
  • Neil Grigg oral history interview 

    Author(s):Grigg, Neil S.; Headley, Scott
    Date:2004-01-30
    Format:audiocassettes; transcripts; oral histories (literary works)
    Neil Grigg was a professor of civil engineering at Colorado State University. In the interview, he discusses the history of water development and use on the Cache la Poudre River, as well as water management issues he ...
  • Len Boulas oral history interview 

    Author(s):Boulas, Len; Welsh, Michael E.
    Date:2002-11-20
    Format:transcripts; oral histories (literary works)
    Len Boulas formerly worked at the Colorado Department of Emergency Services. In the interview, he discusses drought, farming, municipal water use, and water politics.
  • W. D. Farr oral history interview 

    Author(s):Farr, W. D. (William Daven), 1910-2007; Welsh, Michael E.
    Date:2002-10-16
    Format:transcripts; oral histories (literary works)
    W. D. Farr was a businessman and cattleman based in Greeley. In the interview, he discusses drought, farming, and the Colorado-Big Thompson Project.
  • Bill Brown oral history interview 

    Author(s):Brown, Bill; Weingartner, Zack
    Date:2003-02-04
    Format:transcripts; oral histories (literary works)
    Bill Brown was the attorney for the Cache la Poudre Water Users Association. In the interview, he discusses water law and policy, irrigation, groundwater issues, and water quality.
  • Norm Evans oral history interview 

    Author(s):Evans, N. A.; Maas, Sabra
    Date:2003-04-24
    Format:audiocassettes; transcripts; oral histories (literary works)
    Norm Evans was a professor at Colorado State University. In the interview, he discusses his experiences as a member of the Fort Collins Water Board and the Colorado Water Quality Control Commission as well as his work at CSU.
  • Myrne Watrous oral history interview 

    Author(s):Watrous, Myrne; Heiner, Clint
    Date:2004-02-12
    Format:transcripts; oral histories (literary works)
    Myrne Watrous spent much of her life in Fort Collins. In the interview, she discusses memories of growing up in Fort Collins, family history, and developments she witnessed related to the Cache la Poudre River.
  • Ron Thaemert oral history interview 

    Author(s):Thaemert, Ron; Headley, Scott
    Date:2004-02-12
    Format:transcripts; oral histories (literary works)
    Dr. Ron Thaemert was a water resources and irrigation engineer. In the interview, he discusses his background, work on the Michigan Ditch, irrigation, his thoughts on water resources development, trans-mountain diversions, ...
  • Bonnie Szidon oral history interview 

    Author(s):Szidon, Bonnie; Heiner, Clint
    Date:2004-02-03
    Format:transcripts; oral histories (literary works)
    Bonnie Szidon was the manager at Ranch-Way Feeds in Fort Collins. In the interview, he discusses the evolution of the original flourmill into the feed mill, her thoughts on what should be done to improve the Cache la Poudre ...
  • George Varra oral history interview 

    Author(s):Varra, George; Maas, Sabra
    Date:2003-03-06
    Format:audiocassettes; transcripts; oral histories (literary works)
    George Varra was the Cache la Poudre River commissioner. In the interview, he discusses his work as river commissioner, the effects of drought on water management, and how the Cache la Poudre River is administrated. The ...
  • Chuck Wanner oral history interview 

    Author(s):Wanner, Chuck; Welsh, Michael E.
    Date:2004-04-05
    Format:transcripts; oral histories (literary works)
    Chuck Wanner was president of Preserve Our Poudre. In the interview, he discusses how he got involved with the Poudre, the movement for the Wild and Scenic River designation, trans-mountain diversions, and politics and ...
  • Doris Sarchet Atkinson Bice oral history interview 

    Author(s):Bice, Doris Sarchet Atkinson; Heiner, Clint
    Date:2003-12-09
    Format:audiocassettes; transcripts; oral histories (literary works)
    Doris Bice was a life-long resident of Fort Collins. In the interview, she recounts family history and memories associated with the Cache la Poudre River.
  • Robert Stieben oral history interview 

    Author(s):Stieben, Robert; Maas, Sabra
    Date:2003-02-20
    Format:audiocassettes; transcripts; oral histories (literary works)
    Robert Stieben was the manager of the North Poudre Irrigation Company. In the interview, he discusses the company, irrigation, water-related developments he witnessed, issues related to water conservation, and water users ...
  • Richard Seaworth oral history interview 

    Author(s):Seaworth, Richard; Welsh, Michael E.
    Date:2003-12-02
    Format:transcripts; oral histories (literary works)
    The Seaworth family owned a farm near Laporte. In the interview, the three men discuss the farm, floods that happened on the Cache la Poudre River, immigrant farm laborers, water supply, and recreational pursuits.
  • Tom Nix oral history interview 

    Author(s):Nix, Tom; Weingartner, Zack
    Date:2003-04-22
    Format:audiocassettes; transcripts; oral histories (literary works)
    Tom Nix owned a farm near Fort Collins and also served on boards for several ditch companies. In the interview, he discusses water rights on the Arthur Ditch and Chaffee Ditch, his experience of droughts and floods in the ...
  • Bill Southard oral history interview 

    Author(s):Southard, Bill; Welsh, Michael E.
    Date:2003-01-17
    Format:transcripts; oral histories (literary works)
    Bill Southard grew up in Greeley. In the interview, he discusses his family, their farm, his military service, water law, and other people who played a role in water issues in the Cache la Poudre River Basin.
  • Bob Ruyle oral history interview 

    Author(s):Ruyle, Bob (Robert A.); Weingartner, Zack
    Date:2003-02-06
    Format:audiocassettes; transcripts; oral histories (literary works)
    Bob Ruyle was a lawyer and chairman of the Greeley Water Board. In the interview, he discusses municipal, agricultural, and recreational water use, and the conflicts between the uses, of the Cache la Poudre River. He also ...
  • Burt Nelson oral history interview 

    Author(s):Nelson, Bertram; Maas, Sabra
    Date:2003-03-27
    Format:transcripts; oral histories (literary works)
    Bert Nelson was a long-time farmer in northern Colorado. In the interview, he discusses irrigation and agriculture in the Cache la Poudre River Basin, especially detailing several of the ditch companies.
  • Gene Morey oral history interview 

    Author(s):Morey, Gene; Welsh, Michael E.
    Date:2003-02-05-2003-02-26
    Format:audiocassettes; transcripts; oral histories (literary works)
    Gene Morey was a life-long resident of Windsor. In the interviews, he discusses the development of Windsor, including the arrival of Kodak, as well as agriculture and the immigrant laborers, and later recreational developments. ...

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