Mining and agriculture were Colorado’s principal industries in 1876, so provisions relating to both, and to irrigation in particular, were major subjects of discussion at the convention. The delegates sought to encourage and stimulate both enterprises, and several debates led to accusations of favoritism for one sector over the other. Sections 5 and 6 on irrigation are the constitution’s most original provisions. The convention’s Irrigation Committee was chaired by S.J. Plumb of Greeley, a community built on irrigated agriculture, and Plumb was determined to do...
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