Poudre River: history of collaboration over conflict, The
The meeting was held on a hot, dry summer day in 1874. Two groups of irrigators, from the downstream Union Colony (Greeley) and the new agricultural community in upstream Fort Collins - came armed with guns. The neutral Eaton Schoolhouse was too small to hold everyone, so people crammed the doorway. Most were Civil War veterans, and they all had a problem. "How would the two feuding groups divide the trickle of Cache la Poudre River water the remainder of the irrigation season - would it be based on "greatest need" or by priority (who dug their ditch first)?" The Union Colony delegates didn't ...
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