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Aurora in Hamilton County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)

Deep Well Irrigation

Deep Well Irrigation Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, August 23, 2022
1. Deep Well Irrigation Marker
During the 1930’s, Nebraska suffered one of the most serious droughts in its recorded history. In all parts of Nebraska rainfall was far below normal. In 1936, corn yielded only 1/10 as much per acre as it had during the years 1923-1932. The dry powdered soil began to blow, and as dust storms obscured the sun, parts of Nebraska and the Great Plains became “the Dust Bowl.” Between 1930 and 1940, the state declined in population because of the unfavorable agricultural conditions.

This experience resulted in the increased use of deep-well irrigation. Nebraska is fortunate in having the largest supply of groundwater in the central part of the United States. Hamilton County lies somewhat east of the center of the irrigation well area in Nebraska. A 225 foot deep well, sunk in the county by F. E. Edgerton in 1931, remains one of the deepest in the area. It is not uncommon for irrigated land to produce more than twice the crop raised on non-irrigated land. Irrigation is an important factor in the occupation of Nebraska by an agricultural population.
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of America; and Historical Land Mark Council. (Marker Number 046.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Agriculture. In addition, it is included in the Nebraska State Historical Society series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1931.
Location. 40° 52.37′ N, 98° 0.201′ W. Marker is in Aurora, Nebraska, in Hamilton County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Q Street (US HWY 34) (Alternate Interstate 80) and 12th Street, on the right when traveling west. Marker is located in Streeter Park, just inside the south entrance at 12th Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1225 Q Street, Aurora NE 68818, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Site of Camp Hamilton (approx. ¼ mile away); Magnetic Station (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Hamilton County Courthouse (approx. 0.3 miles away); Civil War Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); War Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); Civil War Monument (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named Civil War Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Aurora.
Also see . . .  Nebraska Irrigation Fact Sheet.
Irrigation is a vital component of Nebraska’s productive agricultural
Deep Well Irrigation Marker (<i>inside Streeter Park</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, August 23, 2022
2. Deep Well Irrigation Marker (inside Streeter Park)
(looking north from the Streeter Park 12th Street entrance)
economy. Its significance continues to grow. It begins with the High Plains Aquifer, also known as the Ogallala Aquifer, one of the world’s largest aquifers. While it stretches across eight states, from South Dakota into Texas, a major portion lies in Nebraska. As of 2007, Nebraska had 8.56 million irrigated acres. Of approximately 55 million acres under irrigation nationally, about 15% are located in Nebraska.
(Submitted on September 26, 2022, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 26, 2022. It was originally submitted on September 26, 2022, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 95 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 26, 2022, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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