Laying claim to a small acreage where Tucker Gulch enters Clear Creek, Wall plowed a furrow from the gulch and the water "oozed along the hillside," thus establishing the first irrigation ditch. That year, Wall netted the then amazing sum of $2,000 for his garden produce, selling to miners hungry for something fresh. He also proved to the skeptics that agriculture could thrive in what had long been termed the "Great American Desert."
Wall became known as the "Father of Agriculture in Colorado." He and his brother, John C. Wall, sold the produce at their store on the northwest bank near this bridge. Of course, many farmers followed Wall's example. By the late 1800s, irrigation farming had become well established and profitable.
Background photo: View southwest of Golden, of Ralston Creek irrigation ditch, circa 1890. Courtesy Denver Public Library, Western History Collection.
Caption: David King Wall, Courtesy Colorado Historical Society
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|Date Added||Sunday, October 5th, 2014 at 9:15pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||13S E 480933 N 4400781|
|Decimal Degrees||39.75673333, -105.22258333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 39° 45.404', W 105° 13.355'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||39° 45' 24.24" N, 105° 13' 21.30" W|
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