Boulder's Forests and Ditches, 1905

Boulder's Forests and Ditches, 1905

At the turn of the 20th century, the development of Boulder's landscape was in full swing. While earlier maps focused on resources like coal and precious metals, this 1905 map shows the development of oil in Boulder. Also appearing are new railroads, pipelines, and reservoirs. Barker Reservoir, shown on the map just east of Nederland, was only proposed, and did not start construction until a year after this map was published.

This is the first map to show National Forest Service land in Boulder County.  The Forest Organic Act created the National Forest system in 1897, and the U. S. Forest Service was created in 1905.  Private land ownership in our mountains predates the establishment of the Forest Service.  This is why there are private in-holdings and jagged boundaries to our National Forests and Parks. 

Map courtesy of the Bob Crifasi Collection.

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