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North Poudre irrigation ditch looking west towards the mountains
North Poudre irrigation ditch looking west towards the mountains

Irrigation and Irrigated Lands

Within recent years the agricultural fame of Colorado has come very much to the front consequent on the enterprise of business men and others, who have been responsible for the finely equipped irrigated system, which has increased the value of land in the district, and has not only proven a profitable investment for those at the back of the enterprise, but of immense financial profit to the farmers who have been enabled to raise crops, equal, if not superior to any in other parts of the States. The irrigation and consequent industry produced thereby have been responsible for a large influx of desirable settlers into the district. The early settlers have realized larger profits from the raising of wheat, hay and other crops than hitherto. The immense profits made on vegetables by those who are fortunate enough to possess early water rights suggested to the remainder of the irrigators that they must also have late water. They appreciated that the distribution of the existing supply was more simple than to increase the amount in the rivers in the late months. Thus it is in the district of Fort Collins and in Northern Colorado there is one of the most complete water storage systems known to history. There are numerous reservoirs around Fort Collins built by the shrewd business men of the community. Dams have been constructed, and although this work has been carried out at enormous expense, the whole enterprise has resulted in a very satisfactory way to the promoters. The reservoirs in Northern Colorado enable the farmers to raise about 40,000 acres of beets, thereby giving supplies to six large sugar factories which employ thousands of laborers. Tp illustrate how profitable an investment of this nature is, it has been stated on good authority that a good reservoir may pay for itself the first year it is filled, and counting cost of repair, up-keep, etc., the owners generally get a return of between 30 to 40 percent on their investment.

There are still many acres of improved land in the vicinity if Fort Collins, which can be had at moderate prices, and farmers and others desiring a locality where they can invest their capital safety and profitability, and where they can enjoy a delightful climate, will find all information concerning these lands on application to the secretary of the North Poudre Irrigation company, North College avenue, Fort Collins.
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