National Geographic : 1932 Jul
() iNational t(eograpnic society Natural Color Photograph by Fred Payne Clatworthy GOLDEN PUMPKINS TYPIFY COLORADO'S AGRICULTURAL WEALTH The State won its first fame through the gold and silver torn from its mountains. Its prairieswere considered arid wastes. But irrigation changed this. The soil, rich in plant food, produced astoundingly when water was brought to it. Inaddition, plants and methods were found that made dry-land farming practicable. To-day Colorado's farmers produce each year crops worth more than $100,000,000, avalue nearly double that of the State's annual production of minerals and metals. This pumpkin field is near Longmont, just outside thefoothills east of Longs Peak. A few miles away, at Greeley, large scale irrigation had its birth in Colorado.