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Rocky Ford Enterprise Archive

  • Rocky Ford, Colorado
  • 18931916

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The area of Rocky Ford, Colorado was platted in 1877 by A. Russell and George W. Swink in the Arkansas River valley in the southeastern plains of the state. By 1887, the town of Rocky Ford was organized and 400 acres were platted and sold almost immediately to incoming settlers. Owing to the fertile soil and irrigation of the area, Rocky Ford thrived as an agricultural center producing high yields of sugar beets and watermelons and becoming known as the "Watermelon Metropolis." Rocky Ford led the state in the advancement of horticulture, particularly fruit grafting, producing 40 varieties of apples, 14 of plums, 33 of grapes, 12 of pears, and 8 of cherries. Rocky Ford was also the home of the Arkansas Valley Agriculture Experiment Station, established under Colorado state law in 1889; the Rocky Ford Milling and Elevator Company; the Birds Brothers' canning plant, which produced 10,000 cans daily of local produce and employed many of Rocky Ford's townsfolk; and the first factory of the American Beet Sugar Refining Company.

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  • 8,170
  • Rocky Ford, Colorado
  • 18931916

Source Information

Rocky Ford Enterprise, 1893–1916 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2024. Last updated: August 19, 2022

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Archive Info

  • 8,170
  • Rocky Ford, Colorado
  • 18931916

Source Information

Rocky Ford Enterprise, 1893–1916 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2024. Last updated: August 19, 2022