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land is suitable for farming. Value, $12 to $15 per acre. Annual rainfall, 10
to 15 inches. Elevation, 4,500 feet. Ten miles from arilroad.

Township 2 N., R. 55 W. The surface is generally high and rolling. This
land is a good cattle range and is covered with natural bunch and buffalo
grass. The soil is a sandy loam. There is no surface water excepting in Big
Beaver creek, in the extreme western portion. Value, $10 to $15 per acre.
Annual rainfall, 10 to 15 inches. Elevation, 4,500 feet. Four miles from the
railroad.

Township 3 N., R. 55 W. The surface is gently rolling. The soil is quite
sandy and is covered with a good growth of grass. Not considered desirable
for anything but grazing. Value, $9 to $12 per acre. Annual rainfall, 10 to
15 inches. Elevation, 4,400 feet. The railroad crosses this township.

Township 4 N., R. 55 W. The South Platte river crosses the northwestern
corner of this township. The vacant lands are in the southeastern portion.
The soil here is undulating and sandy; it is covered with sand grass and
other grasses. Value of vacant land, $8 to $12 per acre. Annual rainfall, 10
to 15 inches. Elevation, 4,200 feet. Three railroads cross this township.

Township 5 N., R. 55 W. The surface is generally rolling. The South
Platte river and railroad cross the southeast corner. The vacant lands are in
the central portion. The surface of these is rolling. The soil is sandy and
covered with a good growth of grass. No surface water. Value, $10 to $12
per acre. Annual rainfall, 10 to 15 inches. Elevation, 4,300 feet.

Township 6 N., R. 55 W. The surface is rolling prairie land. The soil
is a clay loam. It is a good grazing section. No surface water or timber.



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Value, $10 to $15 per acre. Annual rainfall, 10 to 15 inches. Elevation, 4,300
feet. Two miles irom railroad.

Township 1 N., R. 56 W. The surface is gently rolling prairie land. The
soil is a light sandy loam. There is good grazing. No surface water. The an-
nual rainfall is 10 to 15 inches. Elevation, 4,500 feet. Value, $12 to $15 per
acre. Eleven miles from railroad.

Township 2 N., R. 56 W. The surface is rolling and hilly excepting along
Beaver creek. There are some bad sand hills on which the land is of little
value. In other parts there are level lands. Good grazing everywhere. Value,
$4 to $15 per acre. Annual rainfall, 10 to 15 inches. Elevation, 4,400 feet. Five
miles from railroad.

Township 3 N., R. 56 W. The surface of this township is partially level
and partly hilly. The soil is a sandy loam. There is no surface water, ex-
cepting along Beaver creek, which runs through the eastern portion. This
township is crossed by the railroad. There is some irrigated land in it. Value,
$10 to $12 per acre. Annual rainfall, 10 to 15 inches. Elevation, 4,400 feet.

Township 5 N., R. 56 W. The surface is rolling prairie. This township is
crossed diagonally by the Riverside canal. The vacant lands are on the north-
ern side above the canal. The soil is good sandy loam. There is no surface
water. It is fine grazing land. Value, $10 to $15 per acre. Annual rainfall, 10
to 15 inches. Elevation, 4,400 feet. Two miles from railroad.

Township 6 N., R. 56 W. The surface is gently rolling prairie land. The
soil is a black sandy loam covered with buffalo grass and cactus. This is
good agricultural land. No surface water. Value, $10 to $20 per acre. An-
nual rainfall, 10 to 15 inches. Elevation, 4,500 feet. Four miles from railroad.

Township 5 N., R. 57 W. The surface is undulating. The soil is a sandy
loam covered with good grass. There is surface water in places. Value, $10
to $16 per acre. Annual rainfall, 10 to 15 inches. Elevation, 4,500 feet. Four
miles from railroad.

Township 6 N., R. 57 W. The surface is undulating. The soil is a clay
loam covered with buffalo grass and cactus in places. There is no surface
water. Value, $8 to $12 per acre. Annual rainfall, 10 to 15 inches. Eleva-
tion, 4,600 feet. Six miles from railroad.

Township 5 N., R. 58 W. The surface is generally hilly. The soil varies
from a clay loam to a sandy loam. Some portions of this township are suit-
able for cultivation and can be irrigated. Good grazing over the entire town-
ship. Value, $6 to $18 per acre. Annual rainfall, 10 to 15 inches. Elevation,
4,500 feet. Two miles from railroad.

Township 6 N., R. 58 W. In the northern portion the surface is compar-
atively level; but broken in the southern part. The soil is a clay loam. It
is fair grazing land. There is some timber along Wild Cat creek and in the
gulches. Value, $8 to $12 per acre. Annual rainfall, 10 to 15 inches. Eleva-
tion, 4,600 feet. Six miles from railroad.

Township 5 N., R. 59 W. The surface is undulating. The soil is a clay
loam. There is a good growth of buffalo and gramma grasses. Good build-
ing stone on sections 1 and 2, with indications of iron on the surface. Value,
$12 to $15 per acre. Annual rainfall, 10 to 15 inches. Elevation, 4,500 feet.
The railroad runs through the southern portion of this township.

Township 6 N., R. 59 W. In the central portion the surface is slightly
rolling, with a loamy soil.- It is good for grazing. The eastern portion is



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rolling, with a very sandy soil, covered with sage brush and grass. Wild Cat
creek has water in a number of places. Value, $9 to $15 per acre. Annual
rainfall, 10 to 15 inches. Elevation, 4,600 feet. Five miles from railroad.

DENVER LAND DISTRICT.

Township 1 N., R. 57 W. The surface is undulating; some portions fairly
level. The soil varies from a sandy loam to a clay loam; it is covered with
a fair growth of native grasses. There is no surface water aside from the
Badger creek. Value, $10 to $15 per acre. Annual rainfall, 10 to 15 inches.
Elevation, 4,500 feet. Fourteen miles from the railroad.

Township 2 N., R. 57 W. The surface varies from level to rolling prairie;
the soil from clay loam to sandy loam. There is a good natural growth of
grass. No surface water. Some portions of the land are especially good, and
natural hay can be cut. Value, $10 to $25 per acre. Annual rainfall, 10 to 15
inches. Elevation, 4,400 feet. Six miles from the railroad.

Township 3 N., R. 57 W. The southern portion of this township, in which
the vacant lands are located, is high rolling prairie land. The soil is quite
sandy. Fairly good grazing. No surface water. Value, $9 to $12 per acre.
Annual rainfall, 10 to 15 inches. Elevation, 4,400 feet. One mile from the
railroad.

Township 4 N., R. 57 W. The South Platte river crosses the southern
portion of this township; also the railroad. Most of this township is irrigated.
The soil is a sandy loam. The vacant lands are above the irrigation ditches.
Value, $10 to $15 per acre. Annual rainfall, 10 to 15 inches. Elevation, 4,400
feet.

Township 1 N., R. 58 W. The surface is generally rolling; there are some
level portions and some hilly portions. The soil is sandy, covered with native
grasses. Fair grazing. There is no surface water. Value, $5 to $16 per acre.
Annual rainfall, 10 to 15 inches. Elevation, 4,800 feet. Eleven miles from
railroad.

Township 2 N., R. 58 W. The surface of this township is generally roll-
ing, with sand hills in places. The soil is sandy in some parts and clay loam
in others. This land is of little value except for stock-raising purposes.
Value, $3.50 to $6 per acre. Annual rainfall, 10 to 15 inches. Elevation, 4,500
feet. Five miles from railroad.

Township 3 N., R. 58 W. The surface of this township is a level, sandy
prairie; the northern portions are irrigated; the southern portion above the
irrigated lands is level. The soil is a sandy loam. Value, $12 to $15 per acre.
Annual rainfall, 10 to 15 inches. Elevation, 4,500 feet. This township is
crossed by railroad.

Township 4 N., R. 58 W. This township lies in a well settled irrigated
district. The only vacant lands are worthless, lying in the sandy bottoms of
the Platte river.

Township 1 N., R. 59 W. The surface varies from level to undulating;
the soil from clay to sandy loam. There is good grazing. No surface water
excepting in Bijou creek part of the year. Value, $9 to $15 per acre. Annual
rainfall, 10 to 15 inches. Elevation, 4,800 feet. Fifteen miles from railroad.

Township 2 N., R. 59 W. The surface is undulating. The soil is sandy
and covered with native grasses. Fair grazing. There is no water for stock
or irrigation. Value, $9 to $12 per acre. Annual rainfall, 10 to 15 inches. Ele-
vation, 4,700 feet. Five miles from the railroad.



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Township 3 N., R. 59 W. -The surface is generally undulating. The soil
is very sandy. There is a fair growth of sand and other grasses. There is
no surface water. Value, $10 to $15 per acre. Annual rainfall, 10 to 15 inches.
Elevation, 4,500 feet. The railroad crosses the northern portion of this town-
ship.

Township 1 N., R. 60 W. The land in this township is principally second
rate. It makes excellent pasture. The surface is slightly rolling. Loamy soil
in parts; other parts, adobe and gumbo. Water stands in ponds after the
rainy season. Value, $3.50 to $15 per acre. Annual rainfall, 10 to 15 inches.
Elevation, 4,800 feet. Eight miles from the railroad.

Township 3 N., R. 60 W. The surface is slightly rolling. The soil is a
sandy loam; sandy in some places. There is good grazing and some natural
hay land. This township is crossed diagonally by the railroad. Some of the
lands can be irrigated. Value, $7.50 to $25 per acre. Annual rainfall, 10 to
15 inches. Elevation, 4,500 feet.

Township 4 N., R. 60 W. This township is crossed by the South Platte
river. What little vacant land there is, is south of the river and of little
value.

Township 5 N., R. 60 W. The surface is prairie land, slightly rolling.
This is first-class grazing land, and is covered with gramma, buffalo grass
and cactus. The southern portion of this township is irrigated. There is building
stone in the northeast corner. Value, $7 to $20 per acre. Annual ranifall, 10
to 15 inches. Elevation, 4,500 feet. Six miles from the railroad.



OTERO COUNTY

PUEBLO LAND DISTRICT Area Vacant Land, 277,717 Acres.

Otero county is located in the southeastern portion of Colorado and is
crossed by the Arkansas river. The river valley is very wide and fertile in
this county.

The county seat is La Junta, with a population of 4,500. Other important
and well known towns are: Rocky Ford, the birthplace of the famous Rocky
Ford cantaloupe, with a population of 3,500; Manzanola, with a population
of 500, and Swink, with a population of 350. Total population, 14,000.

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

Sugar beets $ 700,000.00

Wheat and other grains 350,000.00

Hay 900,000.00

Vegetables 350,000.00

Fruits and other crops 1,000,000.00

Township 21 S., R. 54 W. The surface is a level prairie, slightly rolling
in places. The soil is adobe in some places and sandy in others. It is rich,
heavy soil with enough loam to make it work well. A corner of the town-
ship is touched by railroad. Value, $7.50 to $15 per acre. Annual rainfall,
10 to 15 inches. Elevation, 4,000 feet.

Township 22 S., R. 54 W. The surface is generally level. The soil is of
medium quality, covered with good grass. No surface water. A consid-
erable portion of this township is under irrigation. Value, $6 to $15 per acre.
Elevation, 4,000 feet. Annual rainfall, 10 to 15 inches.

Township 23 S., R. 54 W. In this township there are fine bottom lands
along the Arkansas river; above these are low hills and bunch lands. There
is some timber along the river. The soil is light clay and gravelly. Railroad
crosses the township. Value, $5 to $12 per acre. Annual rainfall, 10 to 15
inches. Elevation, 4,000 feet.

Township 24 S., R. 54 W. The vacant lands in this township are in the
central and southern part, where the land is partially hilly and partially high
plains. The land is of indifferent quality and is poor for grazing. Value, $5
to $7 per acre. This township is crossed by the railroad. Annual rainfall, 10
to 15 inches. Elevation, 4,000 feet.

Township 25 S., R. 54 W. The surface is rolling and mostly hills of lime-
stone formation; there are also indications of iron. In some portions the soil
is very good. Plenty of water. Value, $3.50 to $7 per acre. Six miles from
the railroad. Annual rainfall, 10 to 15 inches. Elevation, 4,500 feet.

Township 26 S., R. 54 W. The northwestern portion is a rolling prairie;
the balance, excepting along the Las Animas river, is quite broken and rocky.
Along the river is nine miles of bottom land from one and one-half to two
miles in width. The soil is rich and fertile. All of this land is under culti-
vation. The open lands are in general of inferior quality, covered with a
considerable growth of scrub cedar, suitable only for grazing. Value, $3.50 to
$7 per acre. Ten miles from railroad. Annual rainfall, 10 to 15 inches. Ele-
vation, 4,600 feet.



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Township 27 S., R. 54 W. The eastern one-third of this township is com-
paratively level. The soil is first rate with abundance of water for grazing.
The other part is only good for stock raising. The soil in the uplands is a
light clay loam. There is a fair growth of native grasses, treecactus and a
few scrub cedars. Value, $3.50 to $7 per acre. Eighteen miles from railroad.
Annual rainfall, 10 to 15 inches. Elevation, 4,500 feet.

Township 22 S., R. 55 W. The vacant lands in this township are in the
northern and western portions. They are principally rolling mesa lands.
The soil is a sandy loam with a fair stand of buffalo grass. There
is no surface water. Value, $6 to $12 per acre. Railroad crosses the southern
portion of this township. Annual rainfall, 10 to 15 inches. Elevation, 4,000
feet.

Township 23 S., R. 55 W. The only vacant lands in this township lie in
the bluffs on the northern side of the Arkansas river. Value, $3.50 per acre.
The railroad crosses the township. Annual rainfall, 10 to 15 inches. Elevation,
4,000 feet.

Township 24 S., R. 55 W. The vacant lands in this township are in the
southern portion in the rough and broken lands above the Otero canal. This
township is crossed by railroad. Value, $4 per acre. Annual rainfall, 10 to 15
inches. Elevation, 4,000 feet.

Township 25 S., R. 55 W. The surface is rolling prairie land broken by
numerous arroyos in which water may be found. There is good grazing over
the entire township. Destitute of timber. The soil is a sandy loam. One
mile from railroad. Value, $6 to $12 per acre. Elevation, 4,500 feet. Annual
rainfall, 10 to 15 inches.

Township 26 S., R. 55 W. The surface is undulating mesa land, rolling
in places. The soil is loamy with a fair growth of native grasses. There is
no surface water. Some scrub cedars. Five miles from railroad. Value, $6
to $12 per acre. Annual rainfall, 10 to 15 inches. Elevation, 4,500 feet.

Township 27 S., R. 55 W. The surface is principally high rolling prairie
land, hilly in places. This township is crossed by the Picket Wire river, which
runs through a canyon. Value, $3.50 to $5 per acre. Annual rainfall, 10 to
15 inches. Elevation, 4,500 feet.

Township 22 S., R. 56 W. The surface of this township is slightly roll-
ing. Only the two southern tiers of sections are included in Otero county. They
are gently undulating prairie lands above the irrigation canals along the
Arkansas river. The soil is light clay loam. There is no surface water for
stock although the ground is covered with good grasses. Railroad crosses
the southeastern corner of the township. Value, $5 to $12 per acre. Annual
rainfall, 10 to 15 inches. Elevation, 4,000 feet.

Township 25 S., R. 56 W. This township is crossed diagonally by a rail,
road. The surface is partly level and partly rolling prairie. The soil is a
good clay loam and adapted for grazing purposes and for the cultivation of
wheat and other grains. There is a fair stand of native buffalo grass. Value,
$8 to $10 per acre. Annual rainfall, 10 to 15 inches. Elevation, 4,500 feet.

Township 26 S., R. 56 W. The surface is rolling land, sloping north-
ward. This section at the present time is unfenced open range and used for
sheep grazing. There is a fair amount of poor timber. Some water. The soil
ii a heavy clay loam; it might be suitable for wheat. One mile from the
railroad. Elevation, 4,500 feet, Annual rainfall, 10 to 15 inches,



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Township 27 S., R. 56 W. This township is located at the crest of a
mesa, sloping gradually to the north. It is broken by some deep and rough
canyons and perpendicular bare rock cliffs. A small portion is rolling prairie
land. The soil varies from light clay loam to gravelly. There are scattering
cedars. There is some surface water. Located six miles from railroad. Value,
$3.50 to $5 per acre. Annual rainfall, 10 to 15 inches. Elevation, 4,800 feet.

Township 23 S., R. 57 W. This township lies principally in the Arkansas
valley. Adjoining on the east is the town of Rocky Ford. All of the northern
portion of this township is under irrigation and a high state of cultivation.
The vacant lands are above the canal in the southern portion of the town-
ship. They are undulating with loamy soil covered with a fair growth of
grasses. Value, $10 to $15 per acre. Railroad crosses the northeast corner of
the township. Elevation, 4,000 feet. Annual rainfall, 10 to 15 inches.

Township 24 S., R. 57 W. The surface of this township is principally un-
dulating prairie land. The soil is covered with a fair growth of native grasses.
The eastern portion of this township is under irrigation and is highly cul-
tivated. Four miles from railroad. Value, $8 to $12 per acre. Annual rain-
fall, 10 to 15 inches. Elevation, 4,500 feet.

Township 25 S., R. 57 W. The uplands of this township, in which the
vacant lands accur, are rolling and ratner rough and gravelly. The soil is a
sandy loam in some portions. Dry creek is dry by nature as well as by
name. Railroad crosses the southeast corner of the township, as does the
Santa Fe Trail automobile route. Value, $8 to $12 per acre. Annual rainfall,
10 to 15 inches. Elevation, 4,500 feet.

Township 26 S., R. 57 W. This township is crossed diagonally by the
railroad and Timpas creek. There is very little running water in the creek
but there are standing pools. The surface is generally rolling with some
bluffs and limestone hills in the central portion. There are some natural hay
lands. This township affords good grazing. There are a few cottonwoods
along Timpas creek. Value, $5 to $8 per acre. Annual rainfall, 10 to 15 inches.
Elevation, 4,500 feet.

Township 27 S., R. 57 W. At the present time this township is a sheep-
grazing country, although in the center of the township the land is of fair
quality. The soil is loamy and covered with grasses. Along the southern
boundary limestone bluffs break the surface. Here the soil is gravelly. There
are a few scrub cedars. Not much surface water. The grass is fairly good
throughout the township. Two miles from railroad. Value, $5 to $7 per acre.
Annual rainfall, 10 to 15 inches. Elevation, 5,000 feet.

Township 22 S., JR. 58 W. This township lies principally in the fertile
Arkansas valley. It is crossed by the Arkansas river and railroad. The va-
cant lands are in the extreme southern part of the township and above the
high line canal. The soil is of very poor quality here but provides fair pas-
turage. Value, $5 to $8 per acre. Elevation, 4,000 feet. Annual rainfall, 10 to
15 inches.

Township 23 S., R. 58 W. This township is fairly level, sloping gently
to the north. Some portions of it are under irrigation. The soil is good clay
loam, with a fair stand of buffalo grass. One mile from railroad. Value, $5 to
$12 per acre. Annual rainfall, 10 to 15 inches. Elevation, 4,000 feet.

Township 24 S., R. 58 W. Most of this township is under irrigation, es-
pecially the prairie lands. Some of it is high, arid, rolling land without sur-
face water. Value, $5 to $10 per acre. Located six miles from railroad. An-
nual rainfall, 10 to 15 inches. Elevation, 4,500 feet.



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Township 25 S., R. 58 W. The surface of this township is gently rolling
prairie land. Good clay loam soil. No surface water but abundance of good
grass. Located three miles from railroad. Value, $6 to $10 per acre. Annual
rainfall, 10 to 15 inches. Elevation, 4,500 feet.

Township 26 S., R. 58 W. The surface of this township is fairly level,
sloping gently to the east. The southeast corner is crossed by Timpas creek
and railroad. The soil is light clay loam. There is surface water in the creeks
and in large pools of standing water. Value, $5 to $8 per acre. Annual rain-
fall, 10 to 15 inches. Elevation, 4,800 feet.

Township 27 S., R. 58 W. This township is crossed diagonally by Timpas
creek and railroad. The soil along Timpas creek is good. In the other portion
of the township the surface is broken. Indifferent soil with lime ridges. There
is a scattered growth of cedar and pinon. Value, $5 to $8 per acre. Eelvation,
5,000 feet. Annual rainfall, 10 to 15 inches.

Township 23 S., R. 59 W. There is very little vacant land in this town-
ship. It is located in the northern portion just above Rocky Ford high line
canal. The surface is rolling prairie land and rough hills. Fair grazing. Three
miles from railroad. Value, $5 to $8 per acre. Elevation, 4,000 feet. Annual
rainfall, 10 to 15 inches.

Township 24 S., R. 59 W. The eastern portion of this township, in which
the vacant lands occur, is a rolling prairie. The soil is of fair quality and
well adapted to stock raising. Portions of this township are irrigated. Nine
miles from railroad. Value, $5 to $10 per acre. Annual rainfall, 10 to 15
inches. Elevation, 4,500 feet.

Township 25 S., R. 59 W. Most of this township is rolling prairie land
with a fair stand of buffalo grass. No water except along Apishapa river in
the northeastern portion of the township. The lands in the river bottoms are
very fine. Six miles from railroad. Value, $5 to $10 per acre. Elevation,
4,500 feet. Annual rainfall, 10 to 15 inches.

Township 26 S., R. 59 W. Portions of this township are rough and hilly;
other parts nice rolling prairie land. The soil is gravelly. There is no surface
water. Good stand of grass, affording excellent grazing. Nearly the entire
township could be considered as elevated table land. Annual rainfall, 10 to 15
inches. Elevation, 4,800 feet.

Township 27 S., R. 59 W. This township is rather hilly and broken. It
is crossed diagonally by railroad. There is no running water, but good springs.
A scant growth of poor timber. Very little land here suitable for cultivation,
but good grazing country. Annual rainfall, 10 to 15 inches. Elevation, 5,000
feet.



OURAY COUNTY

MONTROSE LAND DISTRICT Area of Vacant Lands, 250,917 Acres.

Ouray county is located in the southwestern part of Colorado, on the
northern slope of the San Juan mountains. The extreme southern part of
the county is high up in the mountains, in a gold and silver mining district.

There is considerable agricultural land in the valley of the Uncompahgre
river.

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

Wheat and grains $ 75,000.00

Hay 150,000.00

Vegetables and other crops 50,000.00

Population of the county is only 3,800. Eighteen hundred people live in
Ouray, the county seat. Ouray is a mining camp located in a picturesque
valley walled in by almost perpendicular cliffs.

Township 45 N., R. 7 W. The surface of this township is rolling, broken
land covered with a dense growth of brush. The soil is mostly of poor qual-
ity, although there is some good ranch land wherever it is possible to irrigate.
There are some large fir trees. Elevation, 7,500 feet. Annual rainfall, over
25 inches. Located two miles from a railroad. Value, $3.50 to $5 per acre.

Township 46 N., R. 7 W. This is a mountainous district. The soil
throughout is mostly good, but on account of the roughness of the surface
and the altitude, it is of little value. It is, however, an excellent grazing dis-
trict. There are numerous coal indications. Annual rainfall, 20 to 25 inches.
Located three miles from a railroad. Elevation, 7,500 to 9,000 feet. Value,
$3.50 to $5 per acre.

Township 44 N., R. 8 W. The surface of this township is very rough and
broken, excepting for the narrow valley along the Uncompaghre river. The
southern part is above timber line. There is an abundant growth of spruce
and aspen timber on the mountain sides. Elevation, 7,500 to 14,000 feet. An-
nual rainfall, over 25 inches. Value, $3.50 to $5 per acre. This section is



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