Juergens Ranch Irrigation System


Address: 1 mi. N.W. of Kassler

Used between 1934 and 1947, this 20-acre site on Martin Marietta's property on a tributary of Brush Creek consists of the remains of a historic irrigation system and its associated features. Feature #1 is remnants of the associated historic access road. The road has been heavily eroded in some locations, but for the most part is still visible. It appears to have served as a system maintenance road only. Many sections of this road exhibit stone support walls. Feature #2 is a stone, brick, and cement well and pipe system. There is an inscription etched in the cement well cap that reads, "Sept. 23, 1934." Feature 3 is an enlarged, leveled section of the road with elaborate rock support walls. The purpose of this feature is not known, it may have been a work area. Features 4 and 5 are rock bridges which cross small tributary drainages. They have collapsed leaving no evidence of their original appearance. Feature 6 is a small stone and cement pump house located at the southern end of the system. The roof (corrugated sheet metal and rough cut lumber) has been blown off the 10' x 10' structure and rests on the ground adjacent to the building. The floor is a cement slab with remnants of the pipe system.
Quad Map/Date: Kassler, 1965
Sec/Town/Range: S28, T6S, R69W
Elevation: 5920
Source: Cultural Resource Survey #5JF967, Colorado Historical Society.
 


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