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growth of grass is poor. There are small pine trees and oak brush. Second
rate grazing land. Value, $3.50 per acre. Annual rainfall, 15 to 20 inches.
Elevation, 6,000 feet. Nine miles from the railroad.

Township 9 S., R. 68 W. The southern and western portions of this
township are mountainous, rough and broken. Loamy soil. Some pine trees;
adjoining the Pike national forest. Fit only for grazing. Value, $3.50 per
acre. Elevation, 7,000 feet. Rainfall, 15 to 20 inches. Three miles from
railroad.



EAGLE COUNTY

DENVER LAND DISTRICT Area of Vacant Lands, 23,480 Acres.
GLENWOOD LAND DISTRICT Area of Vacant Lands, 290,865 Acres.

Eagle county is located in the central part of the State, just west of the
great Continental divide. The county is principally rough and mountainous
and largely included in the Holy Cross national forest. It is drained by the
Eagle and Grand rivers.

A fine stock-raising country with some excellent agricultural lands scat-
tered through the mountains and along the valleys of the streams.

The population of the entire county is only 3,000. The towns are all small.

The approximate value per year of the agricultural products is as follows:

Grains $150,000.00

Hay 300,000.00

Vegetables 125,000.00

DENVER LAND DISTRICT.

Township 2 S., R. 81 W. This township is a mountainous section. There
are rich bottom lands along Quaking Aspen creek. In sections 14 and 15 is
Lone peak, a peak of considerable prominence. This is a good grazing section
and there is plenty of water and timber found in nearly every portion. An-
nual rainfall, 10 to 15 inches. Value, $3.50 to $8 per acre. Located five miles
from railroad. Elevation, 8,500 feet.

Township 5 S., R. 81 W. A mountainous township crossed by Eagle river
and railroad. The tumbling mountain streams have a sufficient fall in numer-
ous places to develop power. There is very little land in this section suitable
for cultivation. Value, $3.50 to $7 per acre. Annual rainfall, 15 to 20 inches.
Elevation, 8,000 feet.

Township 2 S., R. 82 W. This is what is known as the "Sheep Horn"
country. In the eastern portion of the township there is timber of good size,
and many groves of quaking asps, but fire has destroyed most of the best
timber. There is very good grass in the northern portion of the township,
and considerable hay is cut from the small mountain parks. The railroad and
Grand river run across the northwestern corner. The southeastern portion
of the township is included in the Holy Cross national forest. Elevation,
8,000 feet. Annual rainfall, 10 to 15 inches. Value, $3.50 per acre.

Township 3 S., R. 82 W.- A township of unusual mountainous character.
Piney creek, a stream of good size, flows across it; along this creek is some
very good land. Timber and water is quite plentiful throughout. Good graz-
ing is found everywhere. Located three miles from a railroad. Elevation,
7,500 feet. Annual rainfall, 15 to 20 inches. Value, $3.50 to $7 per acre.

Township 4 S., R. 82 W. The surface is rough, mountainous and broken
by numerous ridges between which are small streams and brooks. The Eagle
river and a railroad cross the southwestern corner, along which there is a nar-
row valley. There is a good growth of bunch grass in this township, but
only a few small patches of timber. Annual rainfall, 15 to 20 inches. Eleva-
tion, 7,500 feet. Value, $3.50 to $7 per acre.



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Township 5 S., R. 82 W. The surface is rough and broken, excepting the
narrow bottoms along the Eagle river. Along the line of the river there are
groves of small pines. In the southern portion there is a small quantity of
large timber. The growth is generally aspens and pines. Elevation, 7,500
feet. Annual rainfall, 10 to 15 inches. Value, $3.50 to $7 per acre. The rail-
road follows Eagle river across the township.

GLENWOOD LAND DISTRICT.

Townhsip 2 S., R. 83 W. The Grand river and railroad cross this town-
ship. Along the sides of the streams and in the bottoms there is first-class
agricultural land. The balance of the township is rugged and hilly. Eleva-
tion, 7,000 feet. Annual rainfall, 10 to 15 inches. Value, $4 to $10 per acre.

Township 3 S., R. 83 W. This township is principally mountainous, being
on the divide between the Eagle and Grand rivers. There are several small
streams running in a southerly direction, along which are small valleys of
good hay lands. This is an excellent grazing township. Scattering timber,
aspen and scrub pine in evidence. The soil is loamy and is covered more or
less with sage brush. Distance from railroad, three miles. Elevation, 8,000
feet. Annual rainfall, 10 to 15 inches. Value, $6 to $8 per acre.

Township 4 S., R. 83 W. This is a mountainous township. The hills are
not very rough, but quite steep. The Eagle river crosses this townhsip. The
bottom lands are very fertile. There is plenty of timber and water through-
out the township, and good grass. The soil is a black loam. Value, $5 to $8
per acre. This township is crossed by railroad. Annual rainfall, 15 inches.

Township 5 S., R. 83 W. The southeastern corner of this township is in-
cluded in the Holy Cross national forest. The general character is mountain-
ous. This is a well watered grazing district. There is considerable timber of
spruce, pine and aspen along the Roaring Fork creek; also some good bottom
land. Elevation, 8,000 feet. Value, $4 to $8 per acre. Located one mile from
a railroad.

Township 2 S., R. 84 W. This is a partially hilly and partially moun-
tainous township. The surface is broken by deep ravines. Grand River
crosses the northern portion. The valley is quite narrow. Soil is first-class.
Grazing is good throughout. There is scattering scrub pine and cedar timber
and groves of aspen. No mineral indications. Elevation, 7,000 feet. Annual
rainfall, 10 to 15 inches. Distance from railroad, three miles. Value, $4 to
$8 per acre.

Township 3 S., R. 84 W. This township is mostly included in the Holy
Cross national forest. The land outside of the forest is good pasture land,
well watered by many small streams and quite well timbered. Distance from
railroad, four miles. Elevation, 9,000 feet. Annual rainfall, 10 to 15 inches.
Value, $5 per acre.

Township 4 S., R. 84 W. A rather hilly, mountainous townhsip, crossed
by the Eagle river and railroad. There are some fine bottom lands along the
river. The other portion of the township is a good grazing district. There
is considerable timber. Elevation, 7,000 feet. Annual rainfall, 10 to 15 inches.
Value, $5 to $8 per acre.

Township 5 S., R. 84 W. Along Brush creek and Eagle river there are
narrow strips of bottom lands. Above these some of the lands are high and
hilly with very fine soil, and could be irrigated or farmed without irrigation.
Most of the uplands can be considered only as grazing lands. A railroad



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touches the northern portion of this township. Elevation, 7,800 feet. Annual
rainfall, 10 to 15 inches. Value, $5 to $10 per acre.

Township 2 S., R. 85 W. The Grand river crosses this township. There
are good side bottom lands along the river, suitable for farming. The balance
of the township is well watered pasture land. Some portions of this town-
ship are cultivated. Elevation, 6,500 feet. Distance from railroad, ten miles.
Value, $5 to $10 per acre. Annual rainfall, 10 to 15 inches.

Township 3 S., R. 85 W. The greater portion of this township is hilly.
Along the Grand river, which crosses it, there are some fine bottom lands.
Outside of these, the surface is rolling, with a good, loamy soil, and generally
a rank growth of grass. All portions are well watered and covered with scat-
tering timber. Value, $5 to $10 per acre. Elevation, 6,500 to 9,500 feet. An-
nual rainfall, 10 to 15 inches. Distance from railroad, six miles.

Township 4 S., R. 85 W. This township is quite mountainous in the cen-
tral and northern portions. The southern portion of the township includes
the bottom lands of the Eagle river. This township is generally well watered
and the grass is good. Elevation, 7,000 feet. Annual rainfall, 10 to 15 inches.
Value, $5 to $10 per acre. Township crossed by a railroad.

Township 5 S., R. 85 W. This township contains considerable bottom
land and quite an amount of rolling land. A small portion is mountainous
and high land. The rolling portion consists of low hills covered with pine
and spruce timber. This township is well watered, and there are innumerable
springs. A railroad crosses the township. Elevation, 6,500 feet. Value, $3.50
to $7 per acre.

Township 3 S., R. 86 W. The southeastern corner of this township is
crossed by the Grand river. In general the surface is hilly and mountainous,
covered with scattering spruce, aspen timber and underbrush. It is well wa-
tered by numerous springs and creeks. Distance from a railroad, six miles.
Elevation, 6,500 to 9,000 feet. Annual rainfall, 10 to 15 inches. Value, $3.50
to $8 per acre.

Township 4 S., R. 86 W. The western portion of this township is exceed-
ingly mountainous and broken. Most of it is unfit for agriculture. Along
the Grand river there are some small mesas and slopes covered with a scant
growth of sage brush and grass and a few spruce trees on the high ridges
and along the several different creeks. Over most of the township is a scatter-
ing growth of scrub timber. On the rough hills, west of the Grand river, there
is good summer range. The eastern portion of the township is dry and bar-
ren. Value, $3.50 to $10 per acre. Annual rainfall, 10 to 15 inches. Distance
from railroad, one mile.

Township 5 S., R. 86 W. In general, the lands in this township are very
dry and barren. There is plenty of grass on the divide and along the bot-
toms of the Eagle river are cottonwoods affording an excellent summer graz-
ing section. Along the low bottoms of the Eagle and Grand rivers there are
fine hay lands. Good crops without irrigation are being produced on the up-
lands above the rivers. Value, $3.50 to $10 per acre. Elevation, 6,500 feet.
Annual rainfall, 10 to 15 inches.

Township 6 S., R. 86 W. The surface of this township is generally hilly.
It is located on top of the divide between Eagle and Roaring Fork rivers.
The soil along the creeks is first-class. There is some heavy pinon and spruce
timber in the southern portion. Plenty of good water along the creeks. Eleva-
tion, 7,000 ot 8,000 feet. Annual rainfall, 10 to 15 inches. Located five miles
from a railroad. Value, $3.50 to $8 per acre.



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Township 7 S., R. 86 W. The surface of this township is quite hilly and
mountainous, except the northwestern portion, which is rolling and covered
with a dense undergrowth of oak brush. There are a few aspen and pine trees.
The eastern portion is included in the Holy Cross national forest and contains
some fine pine timber. Distance from railroad, one mile. Elevation, 7,000
feet. Annual rainfall, 15 to 20 inches. Value, $3.50 to $8 per acre.

Township 8 S., R. 86 W. This is a mountainous township with more or
less of a growth of spruce timber. Well watered by several creeks. There is
a limited grazing area and a very small area suitable to agriculture. Value,
$5 to $12 per acre. Annual rainfall, 15 to 20 inches. Elevation, 6,500 feet.



ELBERT COUNTY

DENVER LAND DISTRICT Area of Vacant Lands, 19,780 Acres.
PUEBLO LAND DISTRICT Area of Vacant Lands, 1,140 Acres.

Elbert county is located a little east of the central portion of the State
on what is known as the Arkansas divide or the divide between the Arkansas
and Platte rivers. This is a rolling, prairie country; hilly in places. It is
a very fine stock country, and rapidly developing as a farming district.

The approximate value per year of the agricultural products is as follows:

Grains $350,000.00

Hay 275,000.00

Vegetables and other crops 75,000.00

The county seat is Kiowa, with a population of 250. The population of
the entire county is only 6,000.

DENVER LAND DISTRICT.

Township 6 S., R. 57 W. The surface is very broken and cut by ravines
and deep gullies. The soil is adobe, mostly third rate; some portions are cov-
ered with good grass. Water can be found in the ravines part of the time.
Value, $4.50 to $8 per acre. Annual rainfall, 10 to 15 inches. Elevation,
5,300 feet. Seven miles from the railroad.

Township 7 S., R. 57 W. The surface is badly broken up with deep
ravines and gulches. A few places are suitable for farming. There is no
surface water. Most of this township is useless excepting for grazing pur-
poses. Not very good for that. Value, $3.50 to $10 per acre. Annual rain-
fall, 10 to 15 inches. Elevation, 5,500 feet. Five miles from the railroad.

Township 6 S., R. 58 W. The surface is rolling and hilly, covered with
good grass. There is abundance of stone for building purposes. There is
some water, but no timber. The soil is partially sandy and partially adobe.
Value, $5 to $10 per acre. Annual rainfall, 10 to 15 inches. Elevation, 5,500
feet. One mile from the railroad. Located in northeast part of Elbert county.

Township 7 S., R. 58 W. The surface is rough and broken by many
ravines and washes. The soil is partially sandy and partially adobe. There
is no surface water. Value, $5 to $8 per acre. Annual rainfall, 10 to 15
inches. Elevation, 5,500 feet. This township is crossed by the railroad.

Township 8 S., R. 58 W. The surface is rolling; some portions suitable
for farming. The soil is adobe. There is no surface water; but it is readily
found by digging a few feet. Value, $6 to $10 per acre. Annual rainfall,
10 to 15 V inches. Elevation, 5,600 feet. The railroad crosses this township.

Township 7 S., R. 59 W. The surface is mostly rolling; partly hilly.
The soil is very good. Fine grazing. Value, $8 to $12 per acre. Annual rain-
fall, 10 to 15 inches. Elevation, 5,500 feet. This township is crossed by the
railroad.

Township 10 S., R. 59 W. The surface is gently rolling. The soil, sandy.
There is farming in this, township. Value, $5 to $10 per acre. Annual rain-
fall, 12 to 20 inches. Elevation, 5,800 feet. The railroad crosses this town-
ship.



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Township 6 S., R. 60 W. The surface is rolling and hilly. There is no
running water in Bijou creek where it crosses this township. Principally
grazing land. Value, $3.50 to $6 per acre. Annual rainfall, 10 to 15 inches.
Elevation, 4,900 feet. Nine miles from railroad.

Township 8 S., R. 60 W- Tlie surface is rolling, hilly and broken by
many deep ravines. There is running water in Wilson creek. The soil is a
sandy loam. Value, $5 to $15 per acre. Annual rainfall, 10 to 15 inches.
Elevation, 5,50 feet. Eight miles from the railroad.

Township 7 S., R. 61 W. Portions of this township are suitable only for
grazing; other parts, for farming. The surface varies from level to rolling
prairie and rough hills. There is no surface water. Value, $5 to $10 per
acre. Annual rainfall, 10 to 15 inches. Elevation, 5,500 feet. Twelve miles
from the railroad.

Township 9 S., R. 61 W. The surface is rolling prairie land. There is a
little surface water and some timber. The soil is sandy. It is covered
with good buffalo and bunch grass. Value, $5 to $8 per acre. Annual rain-
fall, 10 to 15 inches. Elevation, 6,000 feet. Fifteen miles from the rail-
road.

Township 9 S., R. 62 W. Outside of the valley along Bijou creek, the
surface of this township is generally rough, broken and hilly. Soil, adobe.
Good only for grazing. Value, $4 to $16 per acre. Annual rainfall, 10 to 15
inches. Elevation, 6,000 feet. Nine miles from the railroad.

Township 7 S., R. 63 W. The surface is a little rolling. The soil is a
sandy clay. It is good grazing land. There is a little timber in this town-
ship. Value, $5 to $10 per acre. Annual rainfall, 10 to 15 inches. Eleva-
tion, 6,000 feet. Seven miles from the railroad.

Township 10 S., R. 63 W. The surface of this township is rolling. There
are some pine trees. The soil is a sandy loam. Good for grazing. There
are natural hay lands along the creeks. Value, $6 to $10 per acre. Annual
rainfall, 15 to 20 inches. Elevation, 6,500 feet. Located three miles from the
railroad.

PUEBLO LAND DISTRICT.

Township 13 S., R. 57 W. The surface is rolling prairie land, with some
slight hills along the ravines. The soil is somewhat sandy and is covered
with good bunch and buffalo grass, making excellent range for stock. Lands
in this township can be farmed. Value, $5 to $12 per acre. Annual rain-
fall, 10 to 15 inches. Elevation, 5,500 feet. Twenty miles from the rail-
road.

Township 13 S., R. 58 W. The surface is rolling prairie land, covered
with excellent grass. This land can be farmed. The soil is sandy, with buf-
falo grass sod. Value, $5 to $10 per acre. Twenty-two miles from railroad.
Elevation, 5,700 feet. Annual rainfall, 10 to 15 inches.

Township 12 S., R. 59 W. The surface is rolling prairie land, covered
with good growth of buffalo grass. The soil, sandy. There is considerable
farming in this township. Value, $5 to $10 per acre. Ten miles from the
railroad. Annual rainfall, 15 to 20 inches. Elevation, 6,000 feet.

Township 13 S., R. 59 W. The surface is rolling prairie land, with sandy
soil, covered with good growth of native grasses. This is a good stock coun-
try and some farming. Very little surface water. Value, $5 to $10 per acre.
Fifteen miles from railroad. Annual rainfall, 10 to 15 inches. Elevation,
5,800 feet.



EL PASO COUNTY

PUEBLO LAND DISTRICT Area of Vacant Lands, 69,924 Acres

El Paso county is located close to the central part of the State. In the
western edge of the county the foothills rise abruptly from the plains,
terminating in the crest of Pikes peak, the most conspicuous peak in the
State.

The eastern part of El Paso county is generally rolling prairie land,
hilly in places.

The encouraging work of the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce
and others have proven the agricultural possibilities of El Paso county.
From a stock country it has rapidly changed into a land of farmers.

This is a semi-arid district, but it is proven here, in innumerable in-
stances, that successful crops can be raised every year without irrigation.

The approximate value per year of the agricultural products is as
follows :

Grains $300,000.00

Hay 375,000.00

Vegetables 150,000.00

Miscellaneous crops 165,000.00

Colorado Springs, with a population of 30,000, is the principal city. It
is one of the sight-seeing localities, with picturesque mountains and moun-
tain resorts adjoining. The population of the county is 50,000.

There are a number of tracts from forty to eighty acres, scattered
around the eastern part of El Paso county, a detailed description of the town-
ships containing these isolated tracts, will not be given here, the character-
istics of this county being so similar.

Township 16 S.,. R. 60 W. The surface of this township is high rolling
plains. There are some sand hills. The soil is adobe. There are several
dry creeks or sinks in this township. No living water or wood. Suitable
only for grazing and dry farming. Value, $5 per acre. Annual rainfall, 10
to 15 inches. Elevation, 5,500 feet. Distance from railroad, twenty-eight
miles.

Township 17 S., R. 60 W. The land in this township is fairly good.
The surface is rolling, sloping gently toward the south. No surface water.
Good gramma grass sod. Suitable for stock raising and dry farming. Value,
$5 per acre. Annual rainfall, 10 to 15 inches. Elevation, 5,000 feet. Dis-
tance from railroad, twenty miles.

Township 16 S., R. 61 W. The surface of this township is rolling, with
a sandy soil. The surface of the unappropriated lands is hilly and broken.
There is no timber or surface water. Value, $3.50 to $6 per acre. Suitable
for grazing and dry farming. Annual rainfall, 10 to 15 inches. Elevation,
5,500 feet. Distance from railroad, twenty-two miles.

Township 17 S., R. 61 W. Most of this township is located on a low
ridge. It is below the average in quality. Much of it is too broken to farm.
This is a good grazing country, with portions suitable for cultivation. Value,
$3.50 to $6 per acre. Annual rainfall, 10 to 15 inches. Elevation, 5,500 feet.
Distance from railroad, eighteen miles.



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Township 14 S., R. 62 W. This is a good dry farming district. Fine
loamy soil. Good grass. Value, $7.50 to $15 per acre. Annual rainfall, 10
to 15 inches. Elevation, 6,000 feet. Distance from railroad, twelve miles.

Township 15 S., R. 62 W. This is a good dry farming district. Good
loamy soil. Fine grass. Value, $7.50 to $15 per acre. Annual rainfall, 10
to 15 inches. Elevation, 6,000 feet. Distance from railroad, fifteen miles.

Township 16 S., R. 62 W. The surface of this township is rolling prairie
land. A large portion is sandy and poor. There are some fine bottom lands,
suitable for cultivation. Value, $5 to $8 per acre. Annual rainfall, 10 to 15
inches. Elevation, 5,500 feet. Distance from railroad, fifteen miles.

Township 17 S., R. 62 W. This township is not as good for farming as
further north. The soil is quite sandy. Black Squirrel creek is dry most of
the year. There is no other surface water. No timber. Value, $5 to 88 per
acre. Annual rainfall, 10 to 15 inches. Elevation, 5,200 feet. Distance from
railroad, twelve miles.

Township 16 S., R. 63 W. This township is a smooth, level prairie table
land, partially suitable for farming and partially sand hills. There is no
surface water. Some fine springs. Value, $5 to $8 per acre. Annual rain-
fall, 10 to 15 inches. Elevation, 5,500 feet. Distance from railroad, ten
miles.

Township 13 S., R. 64 W. The only vacant land in this township is an
eighty-acre tract in the extreme southern portion, in which is known as
Corral bluffs, suitable only for grazing. Value, $5 per acre. Annual rain-
fall, 12 to 18 inches. Elevation, 6,500 feet. Crossed by railroad.

Township 15 S., R. 64 W. This township is rolling prairie land, in-
clining to be hilly. The soil is partially a good, hard soil. It is a good
grazing section and some farming. Value, $5 to $8 per acre. Annual rain-
fall, 10 to 15 inches. Elevation, 6,000 feet. Distance from railroad, five
miles.

Township 16 S., R. 64 W. The surface of this township is level, rolling
and hilly prairie land. A good, sandy soil. No surface water. Value, $6 per
acre. Annual rainfall, 10 to 15 inches. Elevation, 5,500 feet. Distance from
railroad, four miles.

Township 16 S., R. 66 W. This township is principally level prairie
land, just east of the foothills; it is badly cut up in places by dry arroyos.
There is running water in little Fountain creek. Cannot be irrigated. Value,
$7 per acre. Annual rainfall, 10 to 18 inches. Elevation, 6,000 feet Distance
from railroad, two miles.

Township 17 S., R. 66 W. This township is mostly rolling prairie land,
crossed by low, broken ridges, covered with pinon trees. Fairly well watered
and the basin lands are adapted to farming. Value, $5 to $8 per acre. An-
nual rainfall, 10 to 15 inches. Elevation, 6,000 feet. Distance from railroad,
four miles.

Township 15 S., R. 67 W. This is one of the most rugged and mountain-
ous townships in Colorado; lying at the foot of Pikes peak and just a few
miles south of Colorado Springs. The only vacant lands in this township
are high up in the rough, rocky and timber covered mountains. Value, $5
per acre. Not suitable even for grazing, but the scenery cannot be excelled.
Annual rainfall, 15 to 20 inches. Elevation, 8,000 feet. Distance from rail-
road, five miles.



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Township 16 S., R. 67 W. The north and west portions of this township
in which the vacant lands occur, is rough, steep foothills, cut by deep gulches.
This whole section is a succession of high mountains and canyons. Very poor
grass. Value, $3.50 per acre. Annual rainfall, 15 to 20 inches. Elevation,
6,500 feet. Distance from railroad, eight miles.

Township 17 S., R. 67 W. This township lies principally in the rolling
foothills, it is a succession of rough, hilly land, broken by gulches and rim-
rock, covered with pinon and cedar trees. There are a few small open parks
with good gramma and bunch grass and timber. These latter are very at-
tractive. There is very little surface water. This township is attractive to
look at, but a very poor place to live. Annual rainfall, 10 to 20 inches.
Elevation, 6,500 feet. Distance from railroad, ten miles.



FREMONT COUNTY

PUEBLO LAND DISTRICT Area of Vacant Lands, 403,007 Acres.
DEL NORTE LAND DISTRICT Area of Vacant Lands, 1,593 Acres.
LEADVILLE LAND DISTRICT Area of Vacant Lands, 39,406 Acres.

Fremont county is located in the south-central portion cf the Wtate, just



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