Cattle, Land and Water Certificates

Cattle, Land and Water Certificates

Nothing says “Colorado” quite like this diverse, but closely related group of stock certificates. Next to mining, Colorado is possibly second-best known for its Cattle Ranching, Water-Rights issues, and Land booms & busts. Land was important for a multitude of reasons including farming, ranching, logging, town sites, etc. The water than ran across and through the land became the subject of remarkable legal battles and resulted in physically shaping the landscape across Colorado in the form of irrigation ditches, reservoirs, and tunnels bored directly through the Rockies to move water from one side of the Divide to the other. Water was important to the cattle, the crops, and the residents who settled the land, for survival in the arid high desert of Colorado.

  • Beaver Land and Irrigation Company – 1908
  • Crescent Cattle Company – 1907
  • Grand Valley Ranch and Cattle Company – 1889
  • Montezuma Cattle Company – 1885
  • Naturita Cattle and Land Company – 1891
  • Powder River Live Stock Company – 1884
  • Reynolds Cattle Company – 1885
  • White-Bear Land & Cattle Company – 1909
  • Shenandoah Irrigation and Land Company – 1897
  • Ute Pass Land and Water Company – 1890’s