Ring Ranch circa 1860s
Water Rights for Ditches using the Fountain Creek, 1882
Water Rights of the Fountain Creek, from Fort Carson Water Rights and Appropriations, by Tipton and Kalmbach, 1989.
Decree, in the matter of the Priority of Water Rights of the Terrell Ditch.
This matter having come on for hearing before the undersigned Referee and said Referee having found from the written evidence heretofore taken- That OS Loomis, Amos Terrell, Isaac Hutchins, Jack Brown, Robt Finley, National Land & Improvement Company, are the owners of the "Terrell Ditch". That said ditch was constructed in 1866. That its No. is 25. That its priority is 28. That it has a capacity of 1 foot by 4 feet on a grade of 4 feet to a mile. Therefore by reason of the law and findings aforesaid, it is ordered, adjudged and decreed by said Referee that said owners of the said "Terrell Ditch" have the 28th priority of water rights on the Fountain Creek. Dated February 15th, 1882. EA Colburn, Referee.
Priority of Water Rights of the Chilcotte Ditch
This matter having come on for hearing before the undersigned Referee and said Referee having found from the written evidence heretofore taken- That L Bell, OS Loomis, H Burns, George Rhodes, William Newby, HP Bosworth, J Ames, W Sweatland, WT McGee, JC Woodbury, and Reverend Sluty, are the owners of the "Chilcotte Ditch". That said ditch was constructed in the Spring of 1866 with a capacity of 2 feet by 5 feet. That it was enlarged in Spring 1874 to 3 feet wide, both on a grade of 6 feet to a mile. Its number is 24, and its priorities are 27 and 39. That it is intended to irrigate 3000 acres of land. Dated February 15, 1882. EA Colburn
|Chilcott, History of Colorado|
This matter having come on for hearing before the undersigned Referee and said Referee having found from the written evidence heretofore taken- That HP Bosworth and WP Sluty are the owners of the "Bosworth and Hall Ditch". That said ditch was constructed in February 1879. That its No. is 35, and its priority is 44. This its capacity is 1 foot by 4 feet on a grade of 6 feet to a mile. It is intended to irrigate 640 acres of land. Dated February 15th, 1882. EA Colburn.
Other ditches on the Fountain Creek include the Dr. Rogers, Straw, Temple and Blume, Burkes, Cottens Slough, Liston Spring, Smith, Jackson and Burke, Irvine, Iron and Irvine, Tom Wanless, Douglass, Talcott and Cotten Ditch, Owen and Hall, Bley, Gaines and Love, Liston and Love, Lincoln 1 and 2, Overton Ames and Loomis Ditch, Lock, Miller, Laughlin, Bosworh and Hall, Widefield Irrigating, Clover Irrigating Ditch, etc.
- Seward A. b 1869 IN
- Morris b 1873 IN m. Lottie
- Orestes (Jim) b 1874 KS m. Minnie
- John b 1878 KS m. Margret
This frame and adobe ranch house was constructed near Wigwam in 1874 by Silas Jackson, one of the early pioneers of the Fountain Valley. He homestead in the area in 1872, starting out with a 4-room adobe house (below), it was expanded by adding three framed in rooms above.
|Circa 1892. From left are John McElhinney, Walter Jackson age 6, Mrs SA (Anna) Jackson, and daughters Jennie and Ida.|
Sugar Beet Farming circa 1900 Information gleaned from files at the Fountain Museum.
Horse drawn beet topper
Fountain Valley's Prize Sugar Beets (Gazette Sep 10, 1903)
Thirty thousand acres will be put under irrigation in the Fountain Valley, through the efforts of the capitalists now surveying for the ditches and reservoirs of the Fountain Valley Land & Irrigation Company.
Within two or three years 10,000 acres of this land will be put in sugar beets and a crop worth $700,000 will be placed on the market in this city. When the plans for the erection of a beet sugar factory are carried out, $1 million will be expended on its construction. The Fountain Valley will become one of the largest sugar beet districts in the state.
Bomber Crash, Sept 1943
Article from the Greeley Daily Tribune Sep 29 1943, published on gendisasters.com
A parachute saved one Army man's life, but 11 other crewmen in a heavy bomber died when the plane crashed yesterday near Fountain, 10 miles south of Colorado Springs. Lowry Field of Denver, home base of the Liberator bomber, announced that it crashed on a routine training flight. Sgt. William Baker bailed out and was not injured. Residents of Fountain had reported that a bomber circled the town apparently in trouble, then appeared to come down in a wing-over. Mrs. Clara Peebles, wife of a deputy sheriff at Fountain, said she saw something fall which she believed at first was a wing of the plane, but later appeared to be a man parachuting down. The plane crashed into the side of a hill. The parachutist reportedly landed on a farm. The names of the 11 dead were announced as: 1st Lt Maynard B Bookmiller of NYC and Denver, 2nd Lts William G Drum of San Francisco, Samuel M Schaad of Williams, CA, Joseph M Losonsky of NYC and Denver, and Ira L Camp of Newberry, SC. Also killed were Sergeants Bernard A Willey, Forest Hill, WV, RE Whiteside of Hampshire, TN, Leroy G Quattrocelli of Southbridge, MA, and John E Myrek of West Sand Lake, NY; Capt Charles C Clancy of Albuquerque, NM, and Cpl John Emery of San Francisco. [Additional information on this crash can be found in Toots Toothman's 1976 letter in the Main Street article on the front page.]
December 1, 1950: Stories run in the Colorado Springs News
|Damage from 1965 tornado, Old Pueblo Road|
Millions of dollars in damage were wrought by the flood of Jun 17, 1965, the latest in a long history of floods on the Fountain Creek. Hailstones as big as tennis balls fell in Stratmoor, Security and Fountain. Water cresting on Jimmy Camp Creek, with waves 8 feet high, bent the bridge on the road leading to Little Ranches. Residents east of Fountain were forced to wade the stream or drive miles around.