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tion, 4,600 feet. Thirty miles from railroad.



58 BACA COUNTY



Township 29 S., R. 49 W. The surface of this township is generally
rolling. It is well watered by Two Buttes creek, which crosses th town-
ship diagonally and in which there is running water the year round. The
soil is a light clay loam. This is a good grazing section and used at th
present time for sheep. Value, $5 per acre. Annual rainfall, 15 to 20 inches.
Elevation, 4,700 feet. Thirty-five miles from railroad.

Township 30 S., R. 49 W. The surface is mostly high rolling land,
traversed by numerous arroyos with scattering water holes. While the soil
is second-rate, the grass is fairly good, consisting of gramma and sand
grass. Value, $3.50 per acre. Annual rainfall, 15 to 20 inches. Elevation,
4,800 feet. Forty miles from railroad.

Township 31 S., R. 49 W. The surface is rolling prairie covered with
an abundant growth of weeds and short grasses. There is no surface water
but water can be secured by drilling. The soil is hard clay and sandy loam.
This land would be very productive, if it could be irrigated by pumping and
should produce a good growth with modern methods of farming, without
irrigation. Value, $3.50 to $5 per acre. Annual rainfall, 15 to 20 inches.
Elevation, 4,800 feet. Forty-five miles from railroad.

Township 32 S., R. 49 W. This is a high rolling prairie covered with
a fair quality of buffalo and sand grasses. There is water in most of the
arroyas part of the year. It is on the open range and in a good grazing
country. Value, $3.50 per acre. Annual rainfall, 15 to 20 inches. Elevation,
5,000 feet. Fifty miles from railroad.

Township 33 S., R. 49 W. This is partially rolling and partially level
prairie with some mountain ranges in the southwest part. It is entirely
covered with an abundant growth of short grasses. No surface water, but
same can be obtained by drilling. The soil is a fair grade of adobe, which
would be very productive if irrigated by pumps. It may be cultivated suc-
cessfully by modern dry farming methods. Value, $3.50 per acre. Annual rain-
fall, 15 to 20 inches. Elevation, 4,900 feet. Fifty miles from railroad.

Township 34 S., R. 49 W. This township is inclined to be rough and
hilly, with a poor grade of timber scattered over it. The surface is mostly
covered with good grazing grass. Water can be obtained at a depth of
150 feet, although there is no surface water. Dry farming is being tried
in this township. Value, $3.50 per acre. Annual rainfall, 15 to 20 inches.
Elevation, 4,800 feet. Fifty miles from railroad.

Township 35 S., R. 49 W. This township is mostly rough land cut by
canyons of great depth. Water is found in springs and in holes along the
canyons. There is little cultivated land in this township. Value, $3.50 per
acre. Annual rainfall, 15 to 20 inches. Elevation, 4,600 feet. Fifty miles
from railroad.

Township 28 S., R. 50 W. The northeastern portion of this township is
a rolling prairie; the balance is a broken, rough country, covered with a
fine growth of cedar trees. Rule creek passes through deep canyons, afford-
ing shelter for stock. Grazing is excellent and it is used for a sheep range.
Value, $3.50 per acre. Annual rainfall, 15 to 20 inches. Elevation, 4,800
feet. Thirty miles from railroad.

Township 29 S., R. 50 W. This township ii crosied by Two Button
creek and is one of the best watered townships south of the Arkansas river.
Grazing is excellent. In the southwest part of the township is a fine body
of cedar trees, making excellent winter shelter for stock. The surface .'



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generally level prairie land, rough and hilly in places, covered with buffalo
grass. Value, $3.50 to $5 per acre. Annual rainfall, If to 20 inches. Eleva-
tion, 4,800 feet. Thirty-five miles from railroad.

Township 30 S., R. 50 W. A part of this township is high rolling prairie
with good gramma and bunch grass. The rest of the township is cut by
canyons and arroyos. There are several fine springs and water holes. Value,
$3.50 to $5 per acre. Annual rainfall, 15 to 20 inches. Elevation, 5,000 feet.
Forty miles from railroad.

Township 31 S., R. 50 W. The surface is mostly rolling prairie. The
soil is sandy and of very good quality. Water can be secured by drilling.
This land would be very productive, if irrigated, and probably can be farmed
successfully by modern dry farming methods. Value, $3.50 to $5 per acre.
Annual rainfall, 15 to 20 inches. Elevation, 5,000 feet. Forty-five miles
from railroad.

Township 32 S., R. 50 W. The surface is rolling prairie land. The soil
is excellent, covered with an abundance of nutritious grasses. Water can be
secured by drilling. This soil would produce fine crops if irrigated by pump-
ing and could probably be successfully farmed by modern dry farming
methods. It is in the open range country and used principally for grazing.
Value, $3.50 to $5 per acre. Annual rainfall, 15 to 20 inches. Elevation,
5,000 feet. Fifty miles from railroad.

Township 33 S., R. 50 W. Some parts of this township are rolling
prarie, but most of it is rough and hilly. The soil is generally hard sandy
clay producing good gramma and buffalo grass during the wet seasons.
Some surface water. In the open range. Value, $3.50 to $5 per acre. An-
nual rainfall, 15 to 20 inches. Elevation, 5,000 feet. Fifty miles from rail-
road.

Township 34 S., R. 50 W. This township is partially level prairie
land with a hard clay and sandy soil and partially rough and hilly, being
covered with dense timber. There are numerous springs and water holes
in this township. There is water in Carrizo creek the year round.. Farm-
ing is carried on at present to a very limited extent. It is an ideal stock
country and there are indications of mineral. Value, $3.50 to $5 per acre.
Annual rainfall, 15 to 20 inches. Elevation, 4,800 feet. Fifty miles from
railroad.

Township 35 S., R. 50 W. This is a fractional township on the southern
border of Colorado adjoining the New Mexico state line. In the eastern part
of the township are some good valleys, suitable for farming. There is
plenty of water for stock throughout the township. The western portion is
mountainous, containing some scattered timber. Value, $3.50 to $5 per
acre. Annual rainfall, 15 to 20 inches. Elevation, 4,500 feet. Fifty miles
from railroad.



BENT COUNTY

LAMAR LAND DISTRICT Area of Vacant Lands, 386,708 Acres.
PUEBLO LAND DISTRICT Area of Vacant Lands, 62,294 Acres.

Bent county is located in the southeastern part of the State and is
crossed by the Arkansas river, and a large area of the county is under irriga-
tion. The Fort Lyons canal, which irrigates most of the land under water in
this county, is the largest canal in the State.

Lately there has been considerable settlement on the bench lands above
the river, and farming without irrigation.

The soil generally over the county is of good quality. It is naturally
a good stock country.

The approximate annual value of the agricultural products at the present
time are as follows:

Cereals $175,000.00

Hay 334,000.00

Vegetables, fruits and other crops 200,000.00

The population of Bent county is 3,500. Las Animas, the county seat, has
a population of 2,500.

LAMAR LAND DISTRICT.

Township 21 S., R. 48 W. The surface of this township is nice, level
prairie land, with a good, sandy loam soil; slightly rolling in places and cov-
ered with a fair growth of bunch grass. Most of the township is under ir-
rigation. Distance from railroad, two miles. Elevation, 4,000 feet. Annual
rainfall, 10 to 15 inches. Value, $5 to $20 per acre.

Township 23 S., R. 48 W. The Arkansas river and railroad run along
the northern boundary of this township. The vacant lands are rolling, sandy
prairie lands, south of the river. This section may later be put under irriga-
tion; it is fairly level and would be valuable land if watered. At present of
little value except for grazing purposes. Value, $5 to $8 per acre. Elevation,
3,800 feet. Annual rainfall, 15 to 20 inches.

Township 24 S., R. 48 W. The surface of this township is rolling, prairie
land, with a light, sandy loam soil. Some very good lands vacant here.
Value, $5 to $8 per acre. Distance from railroad, six miles. Elevation, 4,000
feet. Annual rainfall, 15 to 20 inches.

Township 25 S., R. 48 W. The surface of this township is generally roll-
ing prairie land with a sandy loam soil. Fair growth of grass; very little
surface water in this township. Value, $5 to $8 per acre. Annual rainfall,
15 to 20 inches. Distance from railroad, twelve miles. Elevation, 4,000 feet.

Township 26 S., R. 48 W. This township lies on the edge of Little Cedar
hills. The general character of the surface is rolling, broken by gullies. Very
little surface water. Elevation, 4,000 feet. Annual rainfall, 15 to 20 inches.
Value, $4 to $6 per acre. This is principally grazing land. Digtanec from rail-
road, eighteen miles.

Township 27 S., R. 48 W. The northern part of this township is composed
of limestone hills; the southern portion, high rolling prairie land. A good



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grazing district. Very little surface water. Distance from railroad, twenty -
five miles. Elevation, 4,600 feet. Annual rainfall, 15 to 20 inches. Value, $4
to $6 per acre. This is principally a grazing district.

Township 21 S., R. 49 W. The surface of this township is level, prairie
land with a light clay loam soil. There is running water in Limestone creek
most of the year. Distance from railroad, three miles. Elevation, 4,000 feet.
Annual rainfall, 10 to 15 inches. Value, $5 to $8 per acre.

Township 22 S., R. 49 W. The surface of this township is high rolling
prairie land. This township is crossed by railroad, also by the high line
ditches of the Fort Lyons Canal system, located just north of the Arkansas
river. Value, $8 to $10 per acre. Annual rainfall, 10 to 15 inches. Elevation,
3,800 feet. This is a farming section.

Township 23 S., R. 49 W. The Arkansas river and railroad run across
the northern boundary of this township. Outside of the river bottoms, the
surface is fairly level. The soil is a light sandy loam. Much of this town-
ship may later be irrigated; if so, the land will become valuable. Annual
rainfall, 10 to 15 inches. Elevation, 3,800 feet. Value, $5 to $10 per acre.

Township 24 S., R. 49 W. A rough, rolling township; mostly high and
arid. There are large pools of standing water along Mud creek at all seasons.
This township is only good for grazing land. Value, $5 to $8 per acre. Dis-
tance from railroad, five miles. Elevation, 4,000 feet. Annual rainfall, 10
to 20 inches.

Township 25 S., R. 49 W. The surface of this township is rolling prairie
and hills. There is quite a little surface water along Mud creek all the year.
Plenty of stock water in the the townhsip. Not recommended for farming.
Value, $5 to $8 per acre. Distance from railroad, ten miles. Annual rainfall,
15 to 20 inches. Elevation, 4,000 feet.

Township 26 S., R. 49 W. This is a good township for stock raising pur-
poses. Plenty of water in the creeks. The surface is gently rolling, but broken
along the creeks. The soil is sandy, but of good quality. Value, $4 to $6 per
acre. Distance from railroad, eighteen miles. Elevation, 4,000 feet. Annual
rainfall, 15 to 20 inches.

Township 27 S., R. 49 W. The surface of this township is an open, roll-
ing prairie, naturally covered with good grass. The soil is sandy but of
good quality. The surface is somewhat broken along the ravines. Elevation,
4,000 feet. Annual rainfall, 15 to 20 inches. Distance from a roilroad, twen-
ty-five miles. Value, $4 to $6 per acre. There is plenty of room in this
township for a whole colony to settle.

Township 21 S., R. 50 W. The surface is rolling prairie land. The
growth of buffalo and bunch grass is medium. Just north of the Arkansas
river, along the southeastern corner, the land is broken and lies in the
limestone hills. In general, the soil is of fair quality. Surface water is very
scarce. Annual rainfall, 10 to 15 inches. Elevation, 4,000 feet. Distance
from railroad, four miles. Value, $5 to $8 per acre.

Township 22 S., R. 50 W. This township lies just north of the Arkansas
river. The northern tier of sections consists of low hills containing a good
quality of limestone. Very little of the land in this township is suitable
for farming. A railroad crosses this township, also the Fort Lyons canal.
Elevation, 4,000 feet. Annual rainfall, 10 to 19 inohs. Value, $5 to $15 per
acre.



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Township 23 S., R. 50 W. The Arkansas river and railroad crosses the
northern portion of this township. South of the river the surface is undulat-
ing, with some buttes. The soil is loamy and covered with a fair growth of
native grasses. There is stock water in Rule creek. This township is mostly
susceptible to irrigation. Value, $10 to $18 per acre. Annual rainfall, 10 to
15 inches. Elevation, 4,000 feet.

Township 24 S., R. 50 W. A very attractive section, smooth, excepting
along Caddoa creek, where it is very broken and rocky. Good building sand-
stone along the creek. Fairly well grassed. The soil is a light clay loam.
Water in Caddoa creek only during the wet season. Value, $6 to $10 per
acre. Annual rainfall, 10 to 15 inches. Elevation, 4,000 feet, Distance from
railroad, four miles.

Township 25 S., R. 50 W. A good grazing and dairying district. Not
much surface water. There is abundance of good red sandstone along Caddoa
creek, also some limestone. This township could not be irrigated. Annual
rainfall, 15 to 20 inches. Elevation, 4,000 feet. Value, $7 to $10 per acre.
Distance from railroad, ten miles. There are many thousands of acres here
unclaimed.

Township 26 S., R. 50 W. The surface of this township is high, rolling
prairie land, quite rough in portions. The grazing is excellent. There is a
spring in the northeastern corner of section 30. Water is generally scarce.
Sandstone in abundance along the branches of Caddoa creek. Value, $4 to $6
per acre. Distance from railroad, eighteen miles. Elevation, 4,300 feet. An-
ual rainfall, 15 to 20 inches. This township is nearly all vacant.

Township 27 S., R. 50 W. A rough and broken township, covered with
excellent native grasses. The surface is cut up by numerous ravines and
rocky canyons. Not suitable for farming, but excellent grazing and dairying
district. Distance from railroad, twenty- five miles. Elevation, 4,500 feet.
Annual rainfall, 15 to 20 inches. Value, $4 to $6 per acre. Only four or five
settlers in the entire township of thirty-six square miles.

Township 21 S., R. 51 W. The surface of this township is generally
level prairie land in an open range country. No surface water except in
pools. Good natural growth of bunch and buffalo grass. The soil is of fair
quality. Distance from railroad, four miles. Elevation, 4,000 feet. Annual
rainfall, 10 to 15 inches. Value, $5 to $8 per acre. Out of the thirty-six
square miles in this township, thirty- three square miles are vacant.

Township 22 S., R. 51 W. The surface of this township is gently rolling
prairie land just north of the Arkansas river, and is crossed by a railroad.
Most of the township is under cultivation. The soil is good, being partially a
sandy loam and partially a clay loam. Elevation, 4,000 feet. Annual rain-
fall, 10 to 15 inches. Distance from Las Animas, the county seat, two miles.
Value, $7 to $10 per acre.

Township 23 S., R. 51 W. The Arkansas river and railroad cross the
northern portion of this township. There is a fine fertile valley along the
river. South of the river the surface consists of low, sand hills. There is
no surface water. Value, $6 to $8 per acre. Annual rainfall, 10 to 15 inches.
Elevation, 4,000 feet. The sanitarium of the United States navy is located
in this township, on the north bank of the Arkansas river. Distance from
Las Animas, the county seat, two miles.

Township 24 S., R. 51 W. In that portion of this township lying west
of Rule creek the surface is fine, level land, sloping gently eastward. There



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is plenty of water in the creeks. The soil is a good sandy loam. This is a
good farming section. The eastern portion of the township is more broken,
rolling and rocky. The soil is a light clay loam. This township is located
five miles from Las Animas, the county seat, and four miles from a railroad.
Annual rainfall, 6 to 10 inches. Value, $5 to $12 per acre in cash. Elevation,
4,000 feet.

Township 25 S., R. 51 W. This township consists of a good quality of
prairie land. There is plenty of water in Rule creek and scattering groves of
cottonwoods along the banks of the creek. Good building sandstone is to be
found in this township. The surface is somewhat broken along the gulches.
Good clay loam soil. Distance from railroad, twelve miles. Elevation, 4,200
feet. Annual rainfall, 10 to 15 inches. This is a good grazing district. Value,
$5 to $8 per acre.

Township 26 S., R. 51 W. The surface of this township is rolling and
broken prairie lands, close to the edge of Cedar hills, a non- irrigable district.
This is a fine stock-raising and dairying country. There is surface water in
the creeks and good grass. Good sandstone building stone, some hard and
some so soft it slacks like lime. Distance from a railroad, eighteen miles.
Value, $4 to $6 per acre. Elevation, 4,500 feet. Annual rainfall, 15 to 20
inches.

Township 27 S., R. 51 W. The surface of this township is rolling and
broken prairie land near the edge of Cedar hills. There is no water for ir-
rigation. Some fairly smooth bottom lands. This is an excellent stock-
raising and dairying country. Good grazing throughout. Value, $4 to $8 per
acre. Annual rainfall, 15 to 20 inches. Distance from a railroad, twenty-five
miles. Elevation, 4,500 feet.

Township 21 S., R. 52 W. The surface of this township is level prairie
land covered with a medium growth of buffalo and bunch grass. The soil is
partially a hard clay and partially a sandy loam. Value, $5 to $8 per acre.
Located five miles from a railroad. Elevation, 4,100 feet. Annual rainfall,
10 to 15 inches.

Township 22 S., R. 52 W. The surface of this township is mostly level
prairie land, over which water can be easily conveyed for irrigation. The
soil is a rich sandy loam producing good grasses, and under cultivation
good crops of grain could be raised. Some portions of the township are high
rolling prairie lands. The soil on these lands is partially a sandy loam and
sometimes adobe. These portions cannot be irrigated. No surface water in
the township. A railroad crosses the southern portion. Value, $5 to $8 per
acre. Located one mile from Las Animas, the county seat. Annual rainfall,
10 to 15 inches. Elevation, 4,000 feet.

Township 23 S., R. 52 W. The Arkansas river and railroad crosses this
township along the northern boundary, and in it is located Las Animas, the
county seat. There is fine, rich bottom land along the river all under irri-
gation. Value, $10 to $20 per acre. Annual rainfall, 10 to 15 inches. Eleva-
tion, 4,000 feet.

Township 24 S., R. 52 W. This township is crossed by the Picket Wire
river. Most of it is under irrigation. The surface is a little undulating with
loamy soil, covered with a poor growth of native grasses. There is no sur-
face water outside of the river. Value, $8 to $10 per acre. Located four milet
from Las Animas, the county ieat. Elevation, 4,000 feet. Annual rainfall,
10 to 16 inches.



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Township 25 S., R. 52 W. The surface of this township is open prairie
lands with a clay loam soil. Portions of this township are under irrigation.
This is a farming, dairying and stock-raising section. Elevation, 4,000 feet.
Annual rainfall, 10 to 15 inches. Value, $5 to $10 per acre. Located ten mile*
from a railroad.

Township 26 S., R. 52 W. Outside of Muddy Creek valley, this township
is broken and rocky, covered with a fair quality of cedar trees. There are
several large springs in the township. Within the open range country, used
for sheep grazing at the present time. Not suitable for cultivation. Value,
$4 to $6 per acre. Distance from railroad, fifteen miles. Elevation, 4,000 feet.
Annual rainfall, 10 to 15 inches.

Township 27 S., R. 52 W. Along Muddy and Johnnie creeks the land is
low and nearly a level plain. Fine grazing. The balance of the township is
broken and rough, covered with a fair quality of cedar trees. This rough land
is not suitable for cultivation. Value, $5 to $6 per acre. Located twenty-one
miles from a railroad. Elevation, 4,500 feet. Annual rainfall, 15 to 20 inches.

PUEBLO LAND DISTRICT.

Township 21 S., R. 53 W. The surface is partially level and partially
rolling prairie land, covered with a good growth of natural grass. There
is some excellent soil, varying from a clay loam to a sandy loam. This town-
ship is crossed by Adobe creek, dry part of the time. Also bv the supply
canals of the Fort Lyons Irrigation system. Elevation, 4,500 feet. Annual
rainfall, 10 to 15 inches. This township is touched on a corner by the rail-
road. Value, $5 to $12 per acre.

Township 22 S., R. 53 W. The surface of this township is prairie land
just north of the Arknasas river. It is partially high and level and partially
high and rolling. There is a fair stand of buffalo grass. Pools of standing
water are to be found along the creeks. This township is crossed by rail-
road. Elevation, 4,000 feet. Annual rainfall, 10 to 15 inches. Value, $5 to
$10 per acre.

Township 23 S., R. 53 W. This township is crossed by the Arkansas
river and railroad. The northern portion along the river is irrigated. The
southern portion is mostly rough, rolling, sandy land without surface water.
Suitable only for grazing. Value, $6 to $15 per acre. Annual rainfall, 10 to
15 inches. Elevation, 4,000 feet.

Township 24 S., R. 53 W. The surface is rolling, unirrigable prairie land
with a clay loam soil. This township is recommended only for grazing. Ele-
vation, 4,000 feet. Annual rainfall, 10 to 15 inches. Distance from railroad,
three miles. Value, $5 to $8 per acre.

Township 25 S., R. 53 W. The surface is broken and rough. There are
some good lands along the Picket Wire river, which crosses this townhsip
diagonally. The soil is sandy. There is no surface water. This township is
not recommended for farming. Distance from railroad, ten miles. Elevation,
4,000 feet. Annual rainfall, 10 to 15 inches. Value, $4 to $8 per acre.

Township 26 S., R. 53 W. Outside of the valley of the Picket Wire river,
along which there are gome good lands, this is a grazing section that cannot
be irrigated and has no surface water. Elevation, 4,500 feet. Annual rainfall,
10 to 15 inches. Distance from a railroad, fifteen miles. Value, $4 to $8
per acre.



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Township 27 S., R. 53 W. This township is just on the edge of the Cedar
hills at the headwaters of Muddy creek and is principally prairie land, with
some broken, hilly sections covered with a fair quality of cedars. There is no
water except in springs and some large holes of standing water along
Muddy creek. This township is used at the present time for sheep grazing.
Value, $4 to $8 per acre. Distance from a railroad, twenty miles. Elevation,
4,500 feet. Annual rainfall, 15 to 20 inches.



BOULDER COUNTY

DENVER LAND DISTRICT Area of Vacant Lands, 66,360 Acres.

Boulder county is located in the north central portion of the State.
It is a small county, about twenty-five by thirty miles in area. Twelve
miles, on the eastern edge of the county, is high-class agricultural land;
very fertile and well tilled; the rest of the county in the western portion
raises to the crest of the great Continental divide and is very precipitous
and mountainous, it is a stock growing and mining district.

Boulder county is an attractive place to live in. Boulder, the county
seat, is a beautiful city of about 10,000 people and is the location of the
Colorado State university. The next town of importance in the county is
Longmont, with a population of 5,000.

Boulder county offers good opportunities for those seeking to purchase
improved or partially improved lands, but has little to offer those looking
for vacant lands open for homestead entry. The only vacant lands in the
county are rough, mountainous, with very small area suitable for agricul-
tural purposes. The approximate value per year of the agricultural products
in Boulder county is as follows:

W heat and other cereals $900,000.00

Hay 700,000.00

Vegetables, fruits and other crops 600,000.00

Township 1 S., R. 70 W. Section 17 is located on top of a rocky hill
covered with boulders. It is second-rate grazing land. Value, $3.50 per acre.



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