In its mad rush from lofty peaks to join the meandering path of the South Platte River, the water of our local streams cut rather narrow valleys, and in many areas prohibited setting up residence in the bottom lands. But our enterprising pioneer fathers were quick to put the power behind that drive to work for their benefit. First usage of irrigation ditches was made to assist early settlers in their efforts to extract that elusive gold fleck that had enticed them to cross those formidable plains in the beginning. But descendants from farm families in the East were soon able to adapt their agricultural back- grounds to our more arid climate with the aid of the waters carried by canals to their lands. As shown in Waters of Gold the post-Civil War era brought many land- seeking settlers to the Arvada area."
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