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railroad, six miles.

Township 30 S., R. 58 W. The surface of this township is generally roll-
ing. It is cut by canons and ravines. It is rough and rocky in places. This
is a very good stock-raising section. Scattering scrub cedar timber. Not much
surface water excepting in the Picket Wire river, which crosses the south-
eastern corner. There are indications of iron. Value, $3.50 to $5 per acre.
Annual rainfall, 15 to 20 inches. Adobe soil. Elevation, 5,000 feet. Distance
from railroad, twelve miles.

Township 31 S., R. 58 W. This township is principally high mesa land,
cut diagonally by the Picket Wire river. It is used at the present time for
grazing purposes. Value, $3.50 to $5 per acre. Annual rainfall, 10 to 15
inches. Elevation, 5,000 feet. Distance from railroad, fifteen miles.

Township 32 S., R. 58 W. A portion of this township is extremely rough
and covered with timber. The northwest corner is cut by deep canons of the
Picket Wire river and its tributary streams. There are fine valleys, suitable
for farming, especially the cultivation of grapes, which produce abundantly.
The principal industry is stock raising. There is some open rolling land.
Value, $3.50 to $5 per acre. Annual rainfall, 10 to 15 inches. Elevation, 5,000
feet. Distance from railroad, fifteen miles.

Township 33 S., R. 58 W. The surface of this township is principally high
rolling prairie lands. There is some scrub pinon and cedar timber. Very little
stock water. A considerable area of this township could probably be suc-
cessfully farmed by modern dry farming methods. Value, $3.50 to $5 per
acre. Annual rainfall, 15 to 20 inches. Elevation, 5,500 feet. Distance from
railroad, eight miles.

Township 34 S., R. 58 W. The surface of this township is principally
high prairie. There is no running water but plenty of large springs, furnish-
ing water for stock. Value, $3.50 to $5 per acre. Annual rainfall, 15 to 20
fnches. Elevation, 5,800 feet. Distance from railroad, two miles.

Township 35 S., R. 58 W. The northern portion of this township is roll-
ing prairie land. The central, rough foothills, and the southern portion, high
mesas. There is more or less timber. The soil is loamy and produces good
grass. There are some arable lands in the valley. The township is crossed
by railroad. Value, $3.50 to $5 per acre. Annual rainfall, 15 to 20 inches.
Elevation, 6,000 feet.

Township 28 S., R. 59 W. This township is a good grazing section, cov-
ered with gramma and bunch grass. Scrub cedar grows here. Not recom-
mended for agricultural purposes. There are large deposits of excellent lime-
stone. The township is crossed by railroad. Value, $3.50 to $5 per acre. An-
nual rainfall, 10 to 15 inches. Elevation, 5,000 feet.

Township 29 S., R. 59 W. Some portions of this township are high,
broken mesas, covered with native grasses and a scrub growth of cedars and
pinons. Loamy soil; no surface water for stock or irrigation. Value, $3.50 to
$6 per acre. Annual rainfall, 10 to 15 inches. Elevation, 5,500 feet. Distance
from railroad, two miles.

Township 30 S., R. 59 W. The surface of this township is generally roll-
ing prairie land, in places inclining to be hilly. Fair grazing. No surface
water. Value, $3.50 to $5 per acre. Annual rainfall, 15 to 20 inches. Eleva-
tion, 5,200 feet. Distance from railroad, six miles.



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Township 31 S., R. 59 W. The surface of this township is principally
rolling prairie land. Fair grazing. Broken and hilly in the northeast corner.
No surface water. Value, $3.50 to $5 per acre. Annual ranfall, 10 to 15 inches.
Elevation, 5,000 feet. Distance from railroad, ten miles.

Township 32 S., R. 59 W. This township is crossed by the Picket Wire
river, which runs in a deep canon. The bulk of the township is high mesa
land considerably broken and cut by the drainage. Scattering growth of
scrub cedars and pinons. Value, $3.50 to $5 per acre. Annual rainfall, 15
inches. Elevation, 5,000 feet. Distance from railroad, twelve miles.

Township 33 S., R. 59 W. The surface of this township is mostly rolling
with a fair quality of soil along the bottom lands of Trinchera creek, which
crosses the township north and south. These bottoms are first-class agri-
cultural lands. Scattering growth of scrub cedars. Fair graizng section.
Value, $3.50 to $6 per acre. Annual rainfall, 15 to 20 inches. Elevation, 5,500
feet. Distance from railroad, four miles.

Township 34 S., R. 59 W. This township is fairly level mesa land, with
sandy loam soil. The southern portion is in the foothills and covered with
oak brush. Not much surface water. It would not be possible to irrigate this
section and dry farming methods have not been tried by the few settlers
here. It is reasonable to suppose that they would be successful in this town-
ship. There is running water in Trinchera creek and some of its tributaries.
This township is crossed by railroad. Annual rainfall, 15 to 20 inches. Eleva-
tion, 5,800 feet.

Township 35 S., R. 59 W. This township is rough and broken, lying in
the foothills. Fair grazing. Some scrub timber. Crossed by railroad. Value,
$3.50 to $5 per acre. Annual rainfall, 15 to 20 inches. Elevation, 6,000 feet.

Township 26 S., R. 60 W. See Pueblo county.

Township 27 S., R. 60 W. The surface of this township is generally roll-
ing prairie land adapted to stock raising. Scattered scrub pine and cedar
timber. No surface water excepting in the Apishapa river, which crosses the
extreme northwest corner of the township. Annual rainfall, 10 to 15 inches.
Elevation, 5,000 feet. Distance from railroad, three miles. Value, $3.50 to $5
per acre.

Township 28 S., R. 60 W. The surface of this township is rolling prairie
land with a scattered growth of pinon and cedar trees. There are some
deep rocky ravines containing water holes. There are several springs, the
best being in section 12. Good grazing land and well adapted for stock rais-
ing. Railroad crosses the southwest corner. Value, $3.50 to $5 per acre. An-
nual rainfall, 10 to 15 inches. Elevation, 5,200 feet.

Township 29 S., R. 60 W. The western portion of this township is high
rolling prairie; the rest is rough hills and bluffs covered with pinons and
cedars. No surface water. Crossed diagonally by the railroad. Value, $3.50
to $5 per acre. Annual rainfall, 10 to 15 inches. Elevation, 5,500 feet.

Township 30 S., R. 60 W. The surface of this township is rough and
rolling prairie land. There are some flowing springs and scattering groves
of timber. Value, $3.50 to $5 per acre. Annual rainfall, 10 to 15 inches.
Elevation, 5,500 feet. Distance from railroad, two miles.

Township 31 S., R. 60 W. The surface is rolling prairie land. Most of
this township is good, fairly level land. Good soil. Some of it might be irri-
gated. Other portions are rough mesa lands, badly cut by arroyos, with poor



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adobe soil. Some scattering timber. Value, $3.50 to $15 per acre. Annual
rainfall, 10 to 15 inches. Elevation, 5,200 feet. Distance from railroad, four
miles.

Township 32 S., R. 60 W. The surface of this township is rather rough
and broken. It is traversed by numerous ravines. Some land is fairly level
prairie land suitable for cultivation. Value, $3.50 to $6 per acre. Annual
rainfall, 15 inches. Elevation, 5,500 feet. Distance from railroad, six miles.

Township 33 S., R. 60 W. Partly prairie and partly mesa land. The
Picket Wire river crosses the northern portion of this township, running
most of the way through deep canons. There is a little timber. At present
there is no farming in the vicinity. Good grazing land. Value, $3.50 to $5
per acre. Annual rainfall, 15 to 20 inches. Elevation, 5,500 feet. Distance
from railroad, two miles.

Township 34 S., R. 60 W. Most of this township is rough and hilly. There
are good valleys along the creeks, and the surface outside of the valleys is
level in places also and could probably be very successfully cultivated by mod-
ern dry farming methods. It is covered with a good growth of native grasses.
The soil is a clay loam. This township is crossed by railroad. Value, $5 to
$10 per acre. Annual rainfall, 15 to 20 inches. Elevation, 5,700 feet.

Township 35 S., R. 60 W. The soil in this township is very good although
the surface is somewhat precipitous. The best land is already irrigated and
under cultivation. Much of the township is rough land. Value, $3.50 to $5 per
acre. Annual rainfall, 15 to 20 inches. Elevation, 6,000 feet.

Township 26 S., R. 61 W.~ See Pueblo county.

Township 27 S., R. 61 W. This township is crossed diagonally by the
Apishapa river. It is principally high rolling table lands, rough and broken
by box canons. There are some pine and cedar trees. In the open range
country and used for sheep grazing at the present time. Value, $3.50 to $5
per acre. Annual rainfall, 10 to 15 inches. Elevation, 5,000 feet. Distance
from railroad, eight miles.

Township 28 S., R. 61 W. This township is crossed north and south by
the Apishapa river. The surface is principally rough and broken. The soil is
gravelly. There are a few scrub cedars. No surface water outside of the
river. Value, $3 to $5 per acre. Annual rainfall, 10 to 15 inches. Elevation,
5,300 feet. Distance from railroad, three miles.

Township 29 S., R. 61 W. This township is gently rolling prairie land
with some bluffs and rough sections. This land would be excellent farming
land if it could be irrigated, and might be successfully cultivated by dry
farming methods. The township is crossed by railroad. Used only for graz-
ing at the present time. Value, $3.50 to $5 per acre. Annual rainfall, 10 to
15 inches. Elevation, 5,500 feet.

Township 30 S., R. 61 W. The surface is gently rolling prairie land. A
light clay loam soil. It is probable that this land could be successfully culti-
vated by modern dry farming methods. It is an open grazing country at
the present time. There is very little surface water, excepting in holes along
the creeks. Value, $5 to $10 per acre. This township is crossed by railroad.
Annual rainfall, 10 to 15 inches. Elevation, 5,500 feet.

Township 31 S., R. 61 W. The surface of this township is comparatively
level prairie land with a medium quality clay loam soil. The railroad crosses



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the northwest corner. Value, $3.50 to $10 per acre. Annual rainfall, 10 to 15
inches. Elevation, 5,500 feet.

Township 32 S., R. 61 W. This township is crossed by the Picket Wire
river. The surface is rolling and broken by bluffs. The river valleys are
being farmed. Value, $3.50 to $10 per acre. Annual rainfall, 15 inches. Ele-
vation, 5,500 feet. Distance from railroad, two miles.

Township 33 S., R. 61 W. The surface is rolling, hilly prairie land, slop-
ing gently to the north. The soil is adobe. The creek valleys in this town-
ship are irrigated and the best land is taken up. Value vacant lands, $3.50 to
$7 per acre. The southwest corner of this township is crossed by railroad.
Annual rainfall, 15 to 20 inches. Elevation, 5,500 feet.

Township 34 S., R. 61 W. The southern portion of this township is rough
and hilly; the northern and eastern portions rolling. There are small strips of
agricultural land along the creeks. The rest of the township is strictly graz-
ing lands. Value, $3.50 to $5 per acre. The northeast portion of this township
is crossed by railroad. Annual rainfall, 15 to 20 inches. Elevation, 6,000 feet.

Township 35 S., R. 61 W. The surface of this township is extremely
rough and mountainous, sloping north and east from the crest of Raton mesa
in the southwest corner. There is some fine timber along the summit of this
mesa. Value, $3.50 to $5 per acre. Annual rainfall, 15 to 20 inches. Eleva-
tion, 6,000 feet. Distance from railroad, four miles.

Township 26 S., R. 62 W. The surface of this township is generally
rough, hilly land, covered with scrub cedars, very rocky in places. Fit only
for grazing purposes. Value, $3.50 to $5 per acre. Annual rainfall, 10 to 15
inches. Elevation, 5,500 feet. Distance from railroad, fifteen miles.

Township 27 S., R. 62 N. The surface is rolling prairie land with a scat-
tering growth of cedars and pinons. Adobe soil. Broken by deep arroyos. A
fair growth of gramma grass. Some natural springs. Value, $5 per acre. An-
nual rainfall, 10 to 15 inches. Elevation, 5,500 feet. Distance from railroad,
twelve miles.

Township 28 S., R. 62 W. Prairie land, very rough, some bluffs, covered
with scrub cedars. Suitable only for grazing and that poor. Value, $3.50 per
acre. No surface water. Annual rainfall, 10 to 15 inches. Elevation, 5,500
feet. Distance from railroad, seven miles.

Township 29 S., R. 62 W. This township is crossed diagonally by the
Apishapa river. Along the river the surface is generally level and the soil
first-class. The rest of the township is rolling and broken, with some open
prairie land in the southeast corner, south of the river. There is a little scrub
timber. Value, $3.50 to $5 per acre. Annual rainfall, 10 to 15 inches. Eleva-
tion, 5,500 feet. Distance from railroad, five miles.

Township 30 S., R. 62 W. The surface of this township is mostly rolling
prairie. The soil is of medium quality. Fair grazing and there are some dry
creeks in the northern portion. No surface water, except in the Apishapa
river, which crosses the extreme northeast corner. Value, 5 to $10 per acre.
Annual rainfall, 10 to 15 inches. Elevation, 5,500 feet. Distance from rail-
road, three miles.

Township 31 S., R. 62 W. The surface is level and rolling prairie land
with adobe soil. Grass is of excellent quality. This township is crossed by a
railroad. Value, $5 per acre. Annual rainfall, 15 inches. Elevation, 5,500 feet.



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Township 32 S., R. 62 W. Most of this township is good farming land,
in the valley of the Picket Wire river. Above the valley is rolling prairie
land, too high to be irrigated. Value, $5 to $8 per acre. The northeast corner
of this township is crossed by the railroad. Annual rainfall, 15 inches. Eleva-
tion, 5,500 feet.

Township 33 S., R. 62 W. Most of the surface of this township is rolling
mesa land, badly broken. There is some timber. Poor grazing and poor soil.
Crossed by railroad. Value, $3.50 to $5 per acre. Annual rainfall, 15 to 20
inches. Elevation, 5,500 feet.

Township 34 S., R. 62 W. This township is mostly hilly. There are some
lands under cultivation along the valleys. The northeast portion is more
level. Very little timber. Valuable for grazing. Value, $3.50 to $5 per acre.
Annual rainfall, 15 to 20 inches. Elevation, 6,000 feet. Three miles from rail-
road.

Township 27 S., R. 63 W. See Huerfano county.

Township 27 S., R. 63 W. The surface of this township is principally
rolling prairie land, high and dry. No surface water, excepting in some of
the large springs. Fair grazing. Value, $6 per acre. Annual rainfall, 15 to 20
inches. Elevation, 6,000 feet. Distance from railroad, ten miles.

Township 28 S., R. 63 W. This township is principally rolling prairie
land, rough in places. Covered with buffalo and gramma grass and some
cactus. The soil is clay and sand mixed. No running water, but can be found
in holes in the ravines during some seasons. Some scrub cedars and brush
in places. Value, $5 per acre. Annual rainfall, 15 to 20 inches. Elevation,
6,000 feet. Distance from railroad, ten miles.

Township 29 S., R. 63 W. This township is principally rough prairie land.
No living water. Good growth of grass and some scrub pinons. The soil is
sandy. Some land in this section could be irrigated. Value, $5 per acre. An-
nual rainfall, 15 to 20 inches. Elevation, 6,000 feet. Distance from railroad,
six miles.

Township 30 S., R. 63 W. The surface of this township is rolling prairie
land. It is crossed by the Apishapa river. There are fine level lands along
the river. Some portions of this township are irrigated. Value, $3.50 to $5 per
acre. Annual rainfall, 15 to 20 inches. Elevation, 5,800 feet. Distance from
railroad, five miles.

Township 31 S., R. 63 W. This township is mostly open prairie land.
Good soil and good grazing. In sections 7 and 18 is a mountain called "Black
Hills." The rest of the township is comparatively level. Value, $5 to $15
per acre. Annual rainfall, 15 to 20 inches. Elevation, 5,800 feet. Distance
from railroad, two miles.

Township 32 S., R. 63 W. The extreme western and southern portions
of this township are rough; the rest is comparatively level prairie land. The
township is crossed by three railroads. It is in the coal mining district.
Value, $3.50 to $10 per acre. Annual rainfall, 15 to 20 inches. Elevation,
5,800 feet.

Township 27 S., R. 64 W.- See Huerfano county.

Township 28 S., R. 64 W. The land in this township is mostly rolling
prairie. The eastern portion is somewhat broken and there is a little timber.
Good soil. Fair grass but no surface water. Value, $5 per acre. Annual
rainfall, 20 inches. Elevation, 6,000 feet. Distance from railroad, three miles.



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Township 29 S., R. 64 W. The land in this township is rough, rolling
prairie land. It is poor grazing land and there is no stock water. Value,
$3.50 to $5 per acre. Annual rainfall, 20 inches. Elevation, 6,000 feet. Dis-
tance from railroad, one mile.

Township 30 S., R. 64 W. Dry farming is successful in this district. This
township is prairie land, partly rolling and broken and partly level. There
is a little scattering timber. The soil is fairly good. Value, $5 to $8 per acre.
This township is crossed by railroad. Annual rainfall, 20 inches. Elevation,
6,000 feet.

Township 31 S., R. 64 W. The western portion is rough. Diagonally,
from the northwest to the southeast, it is comparatively level and slightly
rolling. The soil is a good sandy loam in this section. This is a coal mining
district and the township is crossed by several ralroads. Value $3.50 to $8
per acre. Annual rainfall, 20 inches. Elevation, 6,000 feet.

Township 32 S., R. 64 W. This township is very rough and hilly. The
vacant lands all lie in the hills and are of value only for grazing. There are
important coal mining camps in this township. Several railroads cross this
township. Value of the vacant lands for grazing purposes, $3.50 per acre.
Annual rainfall, 20 inches. Elevation, 6,500 feet.

Township 33 S., R. 64 W. The city of Trinidad lies on the eastern edge
of this township. The vacant lands are in the extreme northwestern corner
and are rough and hilly, lying in the coal belt. Value as grazing lands, $3.50
per acre. Annual rainfall, 20 to 25 inches. Elevation, 6,500 feet. Crossed by
railroad.

Township 34 S., R. 64 W. This township is all rough and mountainous.
It is covered with scrub oak and small pines. Good for grazing only. Value,
$3.50 per acre. There are coal mines in section 1. Annual rainfall, 15 to 20
inches. Elevation, 6,500 feet. Distance from railroad, two miles.

Township 29 S., R. 65 W. See Huerfano county.

Township 30 S., R. 65 W. The northeast corner of this township is
rough prairie land. The balance rough and mountainous. Used principally for
coal mining. This township is crossed by railroad. The vacant lands only
suitable for stock grazing. Value, $3.50 per acre, without coal. Annual rain-
fall, 20 to 25 inches. Elevation, 6,500 feet.

Township 31 S., R. 65 W. The only vacant lands in this township are in
the rough, mountainous section. There is plenty of water here and good
grazing. Value without coal, $5 per acre. Annual rainfall, 20 to 25 inches.
Elevation, 6,500 feet. Crossed by railroad.

Township 32 S., R. 65 W. This township is rough and broken. Poor
grazing; very little surface water. Not suitable for cultivation. Value, $3.50
per acre. Located in the coal belt. Annual rainfall, 20 to 25 inches. Eleva-
tion, 6,500 feet. Distance from railroad, six miles.

Township 33 S., R. 65 W. This township is rough and mountainous. It
is poor for grazing. It is covered with sandstone cliffs. There are some
stunted pinons and cedars. Located in the coal mining district. Value of sur-
face for grazing purposes, $3.50 per acre. Annual rainfall, 20 to 25 inches.
Elevation, 6,500 feet. Crossed by railroad.

Township 31 S., R. 66 W. This township is principally mountainous. The
only good lands are along the valleys. The vacant lands are only of value



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for grazing purposes. Value, $3.50 to $5 per acre. Annual rainfall, 20 to 25
inches. Elevation, 6,500 feet. Distance from railroad, six miles.

Township 32 S., R. 66 W. This township is rough and broken. Some tim-
ber. Crops can be raised without irrigation by ordinary farming methods.
Fair grazing. Value, $2.50 to $6 per acre. Elevation, 7,000 feet. Annual rainfall,
20 to 25 inches. Distance from railroad, five miles.

Township 33 S., R. 66 W. The surface of this township is rough and
mountainous. There are isolated portions suitable for cultivation. This is a
good grazing country with some timber. Value, $3.50 to $10 per acre. Annual
rainfall, 20 to 25 inches. Elevation, 6,500 feet. Crossed by railroad.

Township 34 S., R. 66 W. This township is mostly rough, mountainous
country. Some timber. Value, $3.50 to $5 per acre. Annual rainfall, 15 to 20
inches. Elevation, 6,500 feet. Distance from railroad, one mile.

Township 31 S., R. 67 W. This township is rough, hilly land, lying in a
dry farming district. Fair grazing. There are streams in most of the gulches.
Some timber. Value, $5 per acre. Anual rainfall, 20 to 25 inches. Elevation,
7,500 feet. Distance from railroad, twelve miles.

Township 32 S., R. 67 W. The surface of this township is hilly and cov-
ered with quite a growth of cedar, pine, oak and hemlock. This township is
well watered by small streams. There are good patches of grazing and agri-
cultural lands. Value, $5 per acre. Annual rainfall, 20 to 25 inches. Elevation,
7,500 feet. Distance from railroad, five miles.

Township 33 S., R. 67 W. The surface of this township is mountainous
with patches of timber. Good grazing in the bottom along the streams. Well
watered. Value, $3.50 to $5 per acre. Annual rainfall, 20 inches. Elevation,
6,500 feet. Crossed by railroad.

Township 31 S., R. 68 W. The surface of this township is rolling, hilly
land. Black soil. Good grazing. There are a few pines and aspens. This town-
ship is probably underlaid with coal. Running water in the streams. Value,
$6 to $7 per acre. Annual rainfall, 20 to 25 inches. Elevation, 8,500 feet. Dis-
tance from railroad, fifteen miles.

Township 33 S., R. 68 W. The surface of this township is rolling, hilly
land. Black soil. Good grazing. There are a few pines and aspens. This
township is probably underlaid with coal. Running water in the streams.
Value, $5 to $7 per acre. Annual rainfall, 20 to 25 inches. Elevation, 7,500
feet. Distance from railroad, three miles.



LINCOLN COUNTY

HUGO LAND DISTRICT Area of Vacant Lands, 13,740 Acres.

LAMAR LAND DISTRICT Area of Vacant Lands, 3,881 Acres.

PUEBLO LAND DISTRICT Area of Vacant Lands, 141,972 Acres.

Lincoln county is located in the Central part of the State. The surface
is principally rolling prairie land. While this is a very large county, it has
only a nominal population of 6,000. The population of Hugo, the county
seat, being 500, and the population of Limon, its principal town, about 1,000.
For many years Lincoln county has been a great stock raising country.
Many of the early settlers have made big fortunes raising cattle. Of recent
years, however, it has been demonstrated that the soil in a large portion of
the county was suitable for cultivation and the settlers have become very
prosperous in this section.

While there is not a large amount of vacant land in Lincoln county, a
great deal of the land which is now being used for pasturage, could be pur-
chased at a reasonable price and is good farm land.

Most of Lincoln county is in the Hugo land district, but that portion of
the county is very nearly all taken up. In the southwestern portion there is
still considerable vacant land in the Pueblo district.

The approximate value per year of the agricultural products is as fol-
lows:

Wheat and grains $300,000.00

Hay 125,000.00

Vegetables and other crops 50,000.00

HUGO LAND DISTRICT.

Township 6 S., R. 52 W. The surface is rolling with considerable rough
land. The soil is principally a good, hard sandy loam; and is covered with
buffalo and bunch grass. This is a fine grazing district. Along the Arickaree
river and gulch bottoms there is surface water in holes although no running
water. Elevation, 4,500 feet. Annual rainfall, 15 inches. Located twelve
miles from a railroad. Value, $5 to $10 per acre.



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