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rolling hills with many gulches. Water is to be found in pools. The soil is
loamy. Naturally, fair grazing land. The grass has been injured by feeding
too many sheep. Value, $5 to $11 per acre. Annual rainfall, 10 to 15 inches.
Elevation, 6,000 feet. Nine miles from the railroad.

Township 11 N., R. 66 W. The surface is generally undulating, sloping
southward from the chalk bluffs in the extreme northern portion of the town-
ship. The soil is a sandy, gravelly loam. Value, $5 to $18 per acre. Annual
rainfall, 10 to 15 inches. Elevation, 5,500 feet. Three miles from the railroad.

Township 12 N., R. 66 W. The eastern part of this township is located
on the top of chalk bluffs and called Simpson mesa. It is rough land. Value,
$3.50 per acre. The western portion is in a valley with bluffs on the north.
There is some water in this township. Fair grazing. Value, $5 to $10 per acre.
Annual rainfall, 10 to 15 inches. Elevation, 6,000 feet. Three miles from the
railroad.

Township 9 N., R. 67 W. The surface of this township is partially level
and partially broken. Section 10 in very hilly. Section 22 gently rolling. Sec-
tion 30 very rough. The surface is principally gravelly. There is some good
agricultural land in this township. The soil is first-class loam. Value, $5 to
$10 per acre. This township is located between two railroads and close to
each. Rainfall, 10 to 15 inches. Elevation, 5,500 feet.



YUMA COUNTY

STERLING LAND DISTRICT Area of Vacant Lands, 196,766 Acres.

This county is located in the northeastern portion of Colorado, adjoining
the Nebraska state line. It is a large county and is very sparsely settled.
The total population being less than 9,000. Wray, the county seat, is a town
of 1,000 people.

The surface of this county is rolling, to level plains. It has long been a
famous stock-raising district and is located in what is generally termed, lo-
cally, "the rain belt." There is sufficient rainfall to produce crops without ir-
rigation and without necessarily employing the method of moisture conserva-
tion necessary in dry farming districts.

A new immigration, consisting of practical farmers, have moved into
Yuma county, and this will soon be known as one of Colorado's best agricul-
tural sections.

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

Wheat and grain $1,200,000.00

Hay 200,000.00

Potatoes and vegetables 75,000.00

Township 3 N., R. 42 W. Surface, rolling, sandy prairie, cut by ranges
of sand hills. The soil, a sandy loam which retains the moisture, is covered
with a good growth of natural grass. Corn and fodder crops and garden veg-
etables are grown successfully in the valleys. Plenty of good water at a
depth from fifty to one hundred feet. Annual rainfall, 15 to 20 inches. Eleva-
tion, 3,600 feet. Nine miles from railroad.

Township 4 N., R. 42 W. Partly rolling sand hills. Partly rolling prairie
land. The soil in the sand hills is of poor quality, light sandy loam, covered
with a good growth of grass. The soil on the prairie is a heavier grade of
sandy loam covered with good native grass, and will produce fair crops of
forage and corn. No surface water, but good water can be obtained by boring
wells fifty to one hundred feet. Value, $8 to $12 per acre. Elevation, 3,600
feet. Annual rainfall, 15 to 20 inches. Sixteen miles from railroad.

Township 5 N., R. 42 W. Surface, rolling plain. Soil, sandy loam. Good
natural grass. Suitable for cultivation. Little surface water. Value, $10 to
$12 per acre. Annual rainfall, 15 to 20 inches. Elevation, 3,600 feet. Fifteen
miles from the railroad.

Township 1 S., R. 42 W. This township is a rolling prairie with some
rough hills. The soil is principally clay. It is crossed by the Arickaree river.
There is some timber on the river. The bottom lands are very fine agricul-
tural lands. The only lands open for entry are the bench lands. Valued from
$5 to $8 per acre. The annual rainfall, 15 to 20 inches. Elevation, 3,700 feet.
Distance from the railroad, ten miles.

Township 2 S., R. 42 W. The surface is a rolling prairie with the ex-
ception of the northeast corner, where it is crossed by the Arickaree river.
Has a good growth of buffalo and bunch grass. First-class grazing. Valued
at $4 to $7 per acre. Annual rainfall, 15 to 20 inches. Elevation, 3,800 feet.
Ten miles from the railroad.



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Township 5 S., R. 42 W. Surface generally rolling, some parts rather
rough. Soil is sandy in character. Some outcroppings of stone. Valuable prin-
cipally for grazing. Not much surface water. Value, $5 to $7 per acre. Twenty
miles from railroad. Elevation, 3,800 feet. Annual rainfall, 15 to 20 inches.

Township 2 N., R. 43 W. The surface is a rolling prairie with ranges
of sand hills. The soil is a sandy loam which retains the moisture and pro-
duces a good growth of bunch and buffalo grass. Corn and fodder crops and
garden vegetables grown successfully on the prairies. Chief creek flows along
the southern boundary of the township, and along this creek runs the rail-
road. Plenty of good water to be had at a depth of 100 feet. Value, $8 to $10
per acre. The annual rainfall, 15 to 20 inches. Elevation, 3,600 feet. Wray,
the county seat, is located just outside the boundaries of this township. It is
convenient to town and railroad.

Township 3 N., R. 43 W. The surface is partly a level prairie and partly
covered with sand hills. The soil is especially sandy; of little value up to the
present time, except for pasturage. Value, $5 to $6 per acre. Ten miles from
the railroad. Elevation, 3,600 feet. Annual rainfall, 15 to 20 inches.

Township 4 N., R. 43 W. Surface, rolling sand hills and prairie land, lat-
ter predominating. The soil on the prairie is a fairly heavy sandy loam, cov-
ered with a good growth of buffalo grass. When cultivated, raises good crops.
No surface water, but plenty of good water is found at an average depth of
100 feet. There is a small growth of trees in a number of places. Fifteen
miles from the railroad. Annual rainfall, 15 to 20 inches. Elevation, 3,600 feet.
Valued at $5 to $15 per acre.

Township 5 N., R. 43 W. Surface generally rolling, almost hilly in places.
Soil, medium grade of sandy loam, much better on the prairies, where it will
produce a fair crop of forage plants. The surface is covered with good grass.
Furnishes a fine cattle range. No surface water but plenty can be had at a
depth of from 50 to 100 feet. Settlers are successful by combining stock rais-
ing and farming. Elevation, 3,600 feet. Annual rainfall, 15 to 20 inches. Fif-
teen miles from the railroad. Value, $10 to $15 per acre.

Township 2 S., R. 43 W. This township is generally hilly except where
crossed by the Arickaree river, along which there are fine bottom lands. The
entire township is well covered with good grass and suitable for grazing. Con-
siderable timber along the creeks. Elevation, 3,800 feet. Annual rainfall, 15
to 20 inches. Fifteen miles from the railroad. Value, $6 to $12 per acre.

Township 3 S., R. 43 W. The surface is a gently rolling prairie. The soil
is clay and sand in some parts, a sandy loam in others. The surface is covered
with a good growth of buffalo grass and is suitable for dry farming. Some
timber along the streams. Value from $8 to $11 per acre. The annual rainfall
is 15 to 20 inches. Elevation, 3,700 feet. Twenty miles from the railroad.

Township 4 S., R. 43 W. The surface is a rolling prairie; rough in
places. Covered with a good growth of buffalo and bunch grass. Not much
surface water. Value, $7 to $15 per acre. Elevation, 3,800 feet. Annual rain-
fall, 15 to 20 inches. Eighteen miles from the railroad.

Township 1 N., R. 44 W. The Republican river crosses the northern por-
tion of this township. The surface, in some portions is sandy; some, broken
and some fine farming land. Stone, suitable for building purposes, crop out in
several places. The township is crossed by railroad, and adjoins Wray, the
county seat. Value, $4 to $30 per acre. Elevation, 3,500 feet. Annual rainfall,
15 to 20 inches.



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Township 2 N., R. 44 W. The surface is rolling, sandy prairie, cut by a
range of sand hills. The soil retains the moisture and produces a good growth
of bunch and buffalo grass. Corn and forage crops are grown successfully in
the valleys. An abundant supply of good water can be obtained at a depth of
about 100 feet. There are some small creeks running across the township;
however, they are dry most of the time. Value, $5.50 per acre. Annual rain-
fall, 15 to 20 inches. Elevation, 3,600 feet. Railroad crosses southern portion.

Township 3 N., R. 44 W. The surface consists of rolling sandy prairie
and sand hills. The soil is a sandy loam which retains the moisture. There is
a good growth of bunch and buffalo grass. Corn and fodder crops and garden
vegetables are grown successfully in the valleys. There is plenty of good
water obtained at a depth of about 100 feet. Used for grazing principally at
the present time. Value, $5 per acre. Annual rainfall, 15 to 20 inches. Eleva-
tion, 3,500 feet. Distance from railroad, six miles.

Township 4 N., R. 44 W. This township is about evenly divided be-
tweeen rolling prairie land and sand hills. The sandy quality of the soil and
subsoil allows the surface water to sink away. The soil on the hills is very
sandy and of poor quality, producing only a growth of bunch grass. On the
prairies the soil is a heavier sand loam, varying from 10 to 12 inches in
depth and capable of raising fair crops of corn, maize and forage plants.
Small grains do not do well, owing to the softness of the sand and its tend-
ency to blow when disturbed. Grazing is good. There are a few small groves
of trees. Good water can be obtained at a depth of 50 to 100 feet. There is
no surface water in the township, as Willow creek is generally dry. Value,
$5 per acre. Annual rainfall, 15 to 20 inches. Elevation, 3,600 feet. Distance
from railroad, twelve miles.

Township 5 N., R. 44 W. Most of this township is hilly. A small propor-
tion rolling, sandy prairies. There is no distinct drainage as water sinks
below the surface or stands in holes. The soil on the hills is of poor quality,
being light and sandy. On the prairies, it is somewhat better, but very sandy.
This sandy soil holds moisture well and produces fairly good crops of milo,
maize, sorghum and corn. On the unbroken land there is a good growth of
bunch grass and some buffalo grass. The sand hills in the northwestern por-
tion are very broken and of no value except for grazing. They contain numer-
ous water holes with good water, which makes them desirable for range.
Water of the best quality may be obtained at a depth of from a few feet to
150 feet. Value, $5 to $10 per acre. Annual rainfall, 15 to 20 inches. Eleva-
tion, 3,600 feet. Distance from railroad, ten miles.

Township 1 S., R. 44 W. The surface is mostly prairie land, broken in
places. The soil is a sandy loam. Some good agricultural lands. Six miles
from the railroad. Value, $10 to $15 per acre. Elevation, 3,800 feet. Annual
rainfall, 15 to 20 inches.

Township 2 S., R. 44 W. The surface of the eastern portion of this town-
ship is a little broken. The western portion is a slightly rolling prairie, level
in places. The soil is good. Some natural hay land. Value, $5 to $15 per acre.
Elevation, 3,800 feet. Annual rainfall, 15 to 20 inches. Eleven miles from the
railroad.

Township 3 S., R. 44 W. The surface is generally rough and broken in
the northern and western portions. There are many ravines, some of them
containing water and timber, affording good shelter for cattle and sheep.
The Arickaree river runs diagonally through the township. The southeastern
portion is more level. The soil is a sandy loam. Value, $5 to $15 per acre.
The annual rainfall is 15 to 20 inches. Elevation, 3,800 feet. Twenty miles
from the railroad.



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Township 1 N., R. 45 W. The surface is a rolling plain. There are some
sand hills and some bluffs. There is no surface water except on the north
fork of the Republican river. Not much land left in this township, and that
poor. Value, $5 to $8 per acre. One mile from the railroad. Annual rainfall,
15 to 20 inches. Elevation, 3,900 feet.

Township 2 N., R. 45 W. This township is composed of rolling sand hills
cut by rolling, sandy valleys. The soil is generally light, sandy loam; in
some of the valleys it is a light, sandy, clay loam of good quality and depth.
The soil retains moisture and good growths of buffalo and bunch grass in
general. Forage crops are successfully raised, and corn is a fairly regular
crop. Potatoes and root vegetables do well, but small grains are hard to
raise. Alfalfa does well in the valley of Sheep creek. An abundance of good
water is obtained at a depth of 10 to 100 feet. Shade trees are raised suc-
cessfully, if carefully tended; cottonwood and the box elder being the best
selection. Sheep creek is a live stream of good, clear water flowing in all
seasons. The township is crossed by railroad and is only six miles from Wray,
the county seat. Value, $6 to $7 per acre. Annual rainfall, 15 to 20 inches.
Elevation, 3,600 feet.

Township 3 N., R. 45 W. This township consists of rolling, sandy prairie
and sand hills. The soil in general is a light, sandy loam, which retains mois-
ture. It is covered with a good growth of bunch and buffalo grass. Corn and
forage crops are grown successfully in the valleys. An abundance of good
water is obtained at a depth of 100 feet. Value, $5 to $8 per acre. Annual
rainfall, 15 to 20 inches. Elevation, 3,600 feet. Distance from railroad, six
miles.

Township 4 N., R. 45 W. This township consists of rolling sand hills and
rolling prairies. The soil is mostly a poor grade of sandy loam. In the valleys
it is soft and blows easily when disturbed. A small area of this land is being
farmed at present and produces fair crops of corn. The soil is too light for
small grains. This land is naturally covered with good growth of bunch grass
and some buffalo grass. There is no surface water in the township, but water
of good quality is obtained at a depth of 100 feet. This township is very
sparsely settled. Value, $5 to $10 per acre. Annual rainfall, 15 to 20 inches.
Elevation, 3,600 feet. Distance from railroad, twelve miles.

Township 5 N., R. 45 W. This township contains some hills, but is gen-
erally rolling and more or less sandy. The prairies are flat and nearly level
with a heavy, sandy loam, holding the moisture well, and are quite produc-
tive. The smaller grains do not do well here. There are springs in the north-
western and southern portions. Where there is clay in the soil, it lends
itself to the growth of wheat, rye and small grains. The natural sod grows
a good growth of buffalo grass, which is a very strong and nourishing food
for cattle. There are water holes throughout the sand hills containing good
water for stock. Fine well water can be found almost anywhere at a depth
of a few feet to 150 feet. The township is ideal for stock raising and dry
farming is carried on successfully where the soil is heavy enough to work.
Value, $6 to $15 per acre. Annual rainfall, 15 to 20 inches. Elevation, 3,600
feet. Distance from railroad, ten miles.

Township 1 S., R. 45 W. This township is practically all taken. There is
some vacant land in section 1, located in the bluffs. Value, $5 per acre. Seven
miles from railroad. Annual rainfall, 15 to 20 inches. Elevation, 4,000 feet.

Township 2 S., R. 45 W. The surface is rolling prairie land with a good
growth of buffalo grass. No surface water. Principally good for grazing.



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Plenty of good water obtained from wells. Value, $6 to $8 per acre. Twelve
miles from the railroad. Annual rainfall, 15 to 20 inches. Elevation, 4,000 feet.

Township 3 S., R. 45 W. The surface is generally a rolling prairie with
bluffs south of the Arickaree river, which runs across the southern end of
the township. The soil is quite sandy but can be cultivated. No surface water
excepting along the river. The surface is covered with a fine growth of natural
grass. Twenty miles from the railroad. Value, $5 to $10 per acre. Annual
rainfall, 15 to 20 inches. Elevation, 4,000 feet.

Township 4 S., R. 45 W. Rolling prairie land with bluffs along the
Arickaree river in the extreme northern portion. No surface water. Fair
quality of soil and good grass. Rainfall, 15 to 20 inches. Elevation, 4,000
feet. Value, $4 to $8 per acre. Twenty- four miles from railroad.

Township 1 N., R. 46 W. The surface is a rolling prairie covered with a
good growth of natural grasses. Good grazing. The soil is sandy. No surface
water. Value, $7 to $10 per acre. Annual rainfall, 15 to 20 inches. Elevation,
4,000 feet. Two miles from railroad.

Township 2 N., R. 46 W. Surface, generally rolling prairie, covered with
a good growth of natural grasses. The soil is sandy. No surface water. The
railroad crosses this township. Value, $5 to $12 per acre. Annual rainfall, 15
to 20 inches. Elevation, 4,000 feet.

Township 3 N., R. 46 W. Surface, rolling prairie land. The soil is sandy.
Good pasture, with natural buffalo and bunch grass. Value, $4 to $7 per acre.
Annual rainfall, 15 to 20 inches. Elevation, 4,000 feet. Five miles from rail-
road.

Township 4 N., R. 46 W. The surface is rolling prairie. Soil is sandy.
Good grazing, with natural sand and bunch grass. Some surface water to be
found in ravines. Twelve miles from the railroad. Value, $6 to $10 per acre.
Annual rainfall, 15 to 20 inches. Elevation, 3,800 feet.

Township 5 N., R. 46 W. The surface is a rolling prairie, with some sand
hills. Fine grazing land, covered with a good type of grass. No surface water.
Value, $8 to $12 per acre. Twelve miles from the railroad. Annual rainfall,
15 to 20 inches. Elevation, 3,800 feet.

Township 1 S., R. 46 W. The surface is rolling land. The soil is a light,
sandy loam, which retains moisture. There is a good growth of bunch and
buffalo grass, but no timber. Value of the grazing lands, located in the sand
hills, $6 per acre. The prairie farm lands are valued at from $6 to $12 per
acre. Annual rainfall, 15 to 20 inches. Elevation, 3,600 feet. Distance from
railroad, seven miles.

Township 2 S., R. 46 W. The surface is rolling prairie land. The soil is
sandy loam of fine texture, which retains the moisture on a sandy subsoil.
There is a good growth of buffalo and bunch grass. No timber. No surface
water, excepting occasional water holes. Value, $5 to $8 per acre. Annual
rainfall, 15 to 20 inches. Elevation, 3,600 feet. Distance from railroad, twelve
miles.

Township 3 S., R. 46 W. The southern portion of this township, through
which flows the Arickaree river, contains good meadow and hay lands. Other
portions are hilly and broken, but good grazing land. There are fine natural
grasses. Water holes in many ravines. The soil is sandy. Value, $6 to $15
per acre. Annual rainfall, 15 to 20 inches. Elevation, 4,000 feet. Eighteen
miles from railroad.



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Township 4 S., R. 46 W. The surface is rolling prairie land; it is a fine
range for stock; having good natural grasses. There is no surface water ex-
cepting along the Arickaree river in the extreme northern portion. The soil
is a sandy loam. Some portions of the township are suitable for farming.
Value, $7 to $12 per acre. Annual amount of rainfall, 15 to 20 inches. Eleva-
tion, 4,000 feet. Twenty- five miles from railroad.

Township 1 N., R. 47 W. The surface is rolling prairie land. The soil is
quite sandy. It is good grazing land. Some small lakes and water holes.
Value, $4 to $8 per acre. Annual rainfall, 15 to 20 inches. Elevation, 4,000
feet. Two miles from railroad.

Township 1 S., R. 47 W. The surface of this township is rolling prairie
The soil is a light, sandy loam of fine texture on a sandy subsoil which re-
tains moisture well. Good growth of bunch and buffalo grass. No timber.
No surface water. Value, $6 to $8 per acre. Elevation, 4,100 feet. Distance
from railroad, seven miles. Annual rainfall, 15 to 20 inches.

Township 2 S., R. 47 W. The surface of this township is rolling prairie.
The soil is a light, sandy loam of fine texture, naturally moist, on a sandy
subsoil. There is a good growth of bunch and buffalo grass. No timber. No
surface water aside from a few water holes. Value, $6 to $8 per acre. An-
nual rainfall, 15 to 20 inches. Elevation, 4,100 feet. Distance from railroad,
thirteen miles.

Township 3 S., R. 47 W. The surface is rolling prairie land. The soil is
a moist, sandy loam of medium texture on a sandy subsoil. There is a good
growth of buffalo and bunch grass. No timber. In the southeastern portion
of the township are bluffs, along the Arickaree river. Value, $5 to $7 per
acre. Annual rainfall, 15 to 20 inches. Elevation, 4,100 feet. Distance from
railroad, twenty miles.

Township 4 S., R. 47 W. The surface is a rolling prairie land. The Arick-
aree river crosses the northern portion of the township. This is a good stock
section. It is fine grazing land. No surface water, excepting in the river.
Value, $6 to $12 per acre. Annual rainfall, 15 to 20 inches. Elevation, 4,000
feet. Twenty- five miles from railroad.

Township 1 N., R. 48 W. The surface is generally rolling prairie. The
soil is sandy. It is a good grazing country with fine natural grass. Frequent
small lakes and water holes. Considerable land in this township is under
cultavation. Value, $8 to $20 per acre. Annual rainfall, 15 to 20 inches.
Elevation, 4,000 feet. Two miles from railroad.

Township 1 S., R. 48 W. Gently rolling surface, interspersed with sand
hills. There is a good growth of natural buffalo grass. Small lakes and
natural water holes are in evidence. Value, $5 to $8 per acre. Annual rain-
fall, 15 to 20 inches. Elevation, 4,000 feet. Eight miles from railroad.

Township 2 S., R. 48 W. The surface of this township is gently rolling
prairie. The soil is a light, sandy loam of fine texture with a moist, sandy
subsoil. There is a good growth of bunch and buffalo grass. No timber.
Water holes in places, and lakes in some parts that have water in some sea-
sons of the year. No running water in the township. Value, $5 to $7 per
acre. Annual rainfall, 15 to 20 inches. Elevation, 4,300 feet. Distance from
railroad, fifteen miles.

Township 3 S., R. 48 W. The surface of this township is rolling prairie.
The soil is a moist, sandy loam of medium texture, on a sandy subsoil. There



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is a good growth of bunch and buffalo grass. No timber. Surface water in
holes during certain seasons. No running water in the township. Value, $5
to $7 per acre. Annual rainfall, 15 to 20 inches. Elevation, 4,300 feet. DU-
tance from railroad, twenty miles.

Township 4 S., R. 48 W. This township is crossed by the Arickaree river.
There are vacant lands on the northern side of the river, where tfie soil is
sandy. The surface is covered with a good growth of natural grass. Value,
$7 to $10 per acre. Annual rainfall, 15 to 20 inches. Elevation, 4,000 feet.
Twenty- four miles from railroad.

Township 5 S., R. 48 W. The surface is generally rolling prairie land,
comparatively level in places. Suitable for farming. The soil is generally
sandy. Value, $5 to $10 per acre. Annual rainfall, 15 to 20 inches. Elevation,
4,000 feet. Eighteen miles from railroad.



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