Formed in 1901, the Arkansas Valley Sugar Beet and Irrigated Land Company operated the Amity Canal System in southeastern Colorado. The company also established the Amity Canal Model Dairy Farm about 1914. The archival collection consists of photographic materials and a set of engineering letters. For more information see the finding aid.

This digital collection, with materials dated 1901 to 1925, contains two scanned photo albums and digital copies of nitrate negatives showing the company's irrigation facilities and related construction or maintenance activities, floods, Dairy Days parades, cattle, and sugar factories.

Recent Submissions

  • "Photographs" album 

    Author(s):Schuyler, James D. (James Dix), 1848-1912
    Date:1917-1921
    Format:photograph albums
    Primarily contains photographs of the Holly Dairy Days Parade and the Amity Canal Model Dairy Farm. Also includes images of Horse Creek, the Arkansas River and its June 1921 flood, May Valley Stream, Amity Dam, and the ...
  • Snapshots with a pocket Kodak, showing the Amity dam after the flood of August, 1902, also scenes about the Rocky Ford sugar factory, and illustrating the Rocky Ford irrigation system 

    Author(s):Schuyler, James D. (James Dix), 1848-1912
    Date:1902-08-13-1902-08-17
    Format:photograph albums
    Each photograph has a caption. One photograph is missing and one page is cut out. Images occasionally include people though few are identified except for Mr. W. M. Wiley and Mr. Wietzer.
  • General letters, Thos. Barry [sic Berry], Oct. 14, 1901 to Nov. 12, 1902 

    Author(s):Berry, Thomas; Arkansas Valley Sugar Beet and Irrigated Land Company
    Date:1901-1902
    Format:books
    Letterpress book of the outgoing letters of Thomas Berry, chief engineer for the Arkansas Valley Sugar Beet and Irrigated Land Company, who was based in Lamar. The letters, often to colleagues at the company, other engineers, ...
  • Trip with advisory com. over Fort Lyon storage system 

    Date:undated
    Format:negatives (photographs)
    A group of men (members of the Advisory Committee) riding in Studebaker automobiles and standing on a headgate as part of a tour of the Fort Lyon storage system. Several images show construction workers, horses, and pumping ...
  • Town 

    Date:undated
    Format:negatives (photographs)
    Cheney Center post office, people gathered on town streets for parade, and Holly Dairy Days parade.
  • Railroad work 

    Date:undated
    Format:negatives (photographs)
    Men working on flooded railroad while other men in suits watch. First image is of two men in a horse-drawn buggy riding through a flooded street.
  • People 

    Date:undated
    Format:negatives (photographs)
    Images of men leaning against Atchison Topeka and Santa Fe railroad cars, standing in front of buildings in construction camps, and working at the Amity Canal headworks.
  • Kicking Bird canal 

    Date:undated
    Format:negatives (photographs)
    On envelope: "Kicking Bird Canal - Division Gates #1. #159-163 - Gates, 164 Wirt [?] Walker - Gate Keeper". Images show the headworks of the Kicking Bird Canal at its diversion point from the Fort Lyon Canal.
  • Horse Creek flume covered with ice 

    Date:undated
    Format:negatives (photographs)
    Ice filling and spilling out of wooden Horse Creek Flume.
  • "General" - land, people 

    Date:undated
    Format:negatives (photographs)
    On envelope: "General, Miscellaneous". Images of trees, tents and buildings, a man (probably W. S. Partridge) holding a snake, people in automobiles, and men gathered around a wagon stacked high with hay in front of a water ...
  • Amity canal model dairy farm 

    Date:undated
    Format:negatives (photographs)
    On envelope: "Lillian Eldred, Holly, Colorado". Images of the Amity Canal Model Dairy Farm. In images 5 and 6, W.S. Partridge, manager of the Arkansas Valley Sugar Beet and Irrigated Land Company, sits on the steps of the ...
  • Dr. Burnett's house 

    Date:undated
    Format:negatives (photographs)
    On envelope: "Dr. Burnett's House - Queen Beach [?], Failure of concrete, 82 - 1C, 2C, 3C."
  • Dairy days parade 

    Date:1918-03-14
    Format:negatives (photographs)
    See prints in "Photographs" [album]. On envelope: "Guy Elwick, Holly, Colo." Holly Dairy Days parade and cattle judging on March 14, 1918. Many images show parade participants crossing the railroad tracks at the south end ...
  • Crooks Ridge Dairy 

    Date:undated
    Format:negatives (photographs)
    On envelope: "A.V. Land Co." Images of people, livestock, and buildings at Crooks Ridge Dairy.
  • Construction and facilities 

    Date:1920
    Format:negatives (photographs)
    Construction of Arkansas Valley Sugar Beet and Irrigated Land Company irrigation facilities, including dams, gates, drops, flumes, and bridges for Amity Canal, Satanta Canal, Comanche Canal, Buffalo Canal, and others. ...
  • Bull, Denver stock show champion 

    Date:undated
    Format:negatives (photographs)
    On envelope: "Negatives. Bull, Denver Stock Show champion. O. R. H."
  • Buildings 

    Date:undated
    Format:negatives (photographs)
    On envelope: "A.V. Land Co." First image shows a man, boy, and dog in front of a farmhouse. Images 2 through 6 are taken in Holly, Colorado. Second image is of the Arkansas Valley Sugar Beet and Irrigated Land Company's ...
  • Big Sandy Creek siphon 

    Date:undated
    Format:negatives (photographs)
    See prints of some negatives in Box 2, Folder 5, Construction and facilities. On envelope: "Big Sandy Creek Siphon Negatives, Construction."
  • Horse Creek flume in ice clothes 

    Date:1925-01
    Format:negatives (photographs)
    On envelope: "Horse Creek Flume in Ice clothes. January 1925. Hellbeck."
  • Horse Creek, panorama, and Arkansas River at Holly 

    Date:1920-04-07
    Format:negatives (photographs)
    All negatives are labelled. Also see prints in "Photographs" [album]. On envelope: "Preserve - Films of Horse Creek at Holly, Panorama at Holly and Arkansas River at Holly by J.G.R. (James Grafton Rogers) April 7, 1920."

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