By Karmen Lee Franklin
An intricate network of waterworks stretches across the landscape, powering cities and irrigating oases. These systems, hidden in plain sight, provide water for agriculture, drinking, recreation, power generation, snow-making, and wildlife refuges. Dams and ditches are like a forgotten branch of our family. We know they are related to us; we wouldn't be here without them. Yet, we don’t really know the story of how they got here.
Open Digging the Old West and discover the roots of our hydrological heritage. Learn the history of our ancestral water use, from ancient canals to skyscraper gardens. Focused on a small region of Colorado’s Front Range, this book outlines the development of a semi-arid landscape into an irrigated metropolis. Like a family scrapbook, it is overflowing with photos, doodles, charts, maps, and stories of triumph and disaster.
- Mark Fiege, author of Irrigated Eden
- Patricia J. Rettig, Head Archivist, Colorado State University, Water Resources Archives
- Elizabeth Black, Boulder Artist and Tree Farmer