Tuesday, June 20, 2006

A look at our new county park!

The Gazette reported today that deceased Fountain rancher Alexander Kane left 440 acres to El Paso County to become a park. We haven't gotten a map of the property yet, but here's a view of his spread via Google Earth.

This is one of the old, traditional ranches irrigated by the Fountain Ditch. To learn the history of the ditch and how it shaped the region, click here.

These irrigated ranch lands are almost completely gone. The water has been usurped by development. But it's nice to have a small piece left. I hope it comes with water rights. What a nice edition to the park-deprived southeast side of the city.

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