Irrigation, settlement, and change on the Cache la Poudre River
The Cache la Poudre River drains 1,890 square miles of land in the Mummy and Never Summer ranges in Colorado and Wyoming. It begins on the Continental Divide, flows through mountain canyons on the eastern side of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado and onto the plains, before joining the South Platte River. American settlers first diverted the Poudre’s water into ditches and canals to facilitate irrigation on the plains in the early 1860s. This examination of the water delivery system of the Cache la Poudre – which includes small ditches, large canals, and reservoirs – documents the use of the ...
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