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Golden in Jefferson County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Farming

 
 
Farming Marker image. Click for full size.
By Charles T. Harrell, July 4, 2011
1. Farming Marker
Inscription. Since 1859 Clear Creek has provided water through irrigation ditches to farmers east of Golden. Many such ditches were dug in the 1800s, including the Welch Ditch (originally Vasquez Ditch), Church Ditch (originally Golden City & Ralston Creek Ditch), Agricultural Ditch, Rocky Mountain Ditch (originally Table Mountain Ditch, Wanamaker Ditch, Swadley Ditch, Wadsworth Ditch, Croke Canal, and Oulette Ditch.

These irrigation ditches turned what had been called the “Great American Desert” into prosperous farming communities including Wheat Ridge and Arvada which are recipients of Clear Creek water. Crops included wheat, fruit, and carnations.

Picture: Waterfall at Lovers’ Leap, escape gate of the Welch Ditch, west side of Mt. Zion, 19th Century. Courtesy Denver Public Library, Western History Department.

Background: Courtesy Denver Public Library, Western History Department.
 
Location. 39° 45.412′ N, 105° 13.37′ W. Marker is in Golden, Colorado, in Jefferson County. Marker can be reached from Washington Avenue Bridge. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Golden CO 80401, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Early History of Clear Creek (here, next to this marker); Settlement of Clear Creek Valley (here, next to this marker); Gold in Clear Creek (here, next to this marker); Tourism (here, next to this marker); Settler Farm Wife’s Initiative (a few steps from this marker); First Bicycle Mishap in Golden (a few steps from this marker); A Daring Rescue (a few steps from this marker); Porcelain and Malted Milk (a few steps from this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Golden.
 
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