Near Crowley in Crowley County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
—Biggest Little Town —
Fertile soil and plenty of irrigation water set the stage for farms that thrived for forty years, beginning in 1919. The area around Crowley was bursting with orchards, vegetable farms, an alfalfa mill and a tomato canning factory. Melons, the lead crop, were stored on ice awaiting shipment in three sheds built along the railroad.
In 1924, the Missouri Pacific Railroad shipped 1,032 rail cars of agricultural products:
- 407 railcars of beets
- 247 railcars of cantaloupes
- 152 railcars of alfalfa meal
- 72 railcars of alfalfa hay
- 32 railcars of cattle
- 23 railcars of hogs
O.P. Adkinson's Market functioned as the core of the community, selling everything from shoes to horse harness. Most customers had charge accounts, and farmers paid their grocery bill once a year when their crops sold. Groceries came in bulk: potatoes, beans, sugar, onions and vinegar.
Hopeful settlers from Japan and Mexico made their way to Crowley County to work at the National Sugar Company, farms, ranches and a welcoming community fostered a gentleness between all immigrant groups. Crowley School reunions still beckon generations back to this place that keeps its character despite hardship,
Location. 38° 11.516′ N, 103° 51.426′ W. Marker is near Crowley, Colorado, in Crowley County. Marker is at the intersection of Broadway and State Route 96, on the right when traveling north on Broadway. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Broadway, Crowley CO 81033, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Crowley Communities / National Sugar Company / Last Days of the Buffalo / Crowley Country (a few steps from this marker); George Washington Swink (approx. 12 miles away).
Also see . . . History of town of Crowley and Crowley County, Colorado. (Submitted on July 3, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Categories. • Agriculture • Railroads & Streetcars • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on July 3, 2018. This page originally submitted on July 3, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 56 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on July 3, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.