The Development of Institutions Under Irrigation by George Thomas

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Excerpt from The Development of Institutions Under Irrigation

How the Mormons acquired a knowledge of the principles and practices of applying water to tho soil has been well told by others. The story, however, of how they developed institutions of irrigation has never been adequately told so far as the writer knows. Not only is it an intensely interesting story in itself, but the principles and institutions evolved are, in many respects, as applicable to the West to-day as they were when first applied. They embody valuable lessons in the institutional use of water for the development of communal life in arid America. In fact they include some of the best principles for which the ablest American thinkers on irrigation arc now striving.

The effort has been made in this brief treatise to allow the original sources to tell their own story for good or ill. The aim of the writer has been to chronicle the successes and failures with equal honesty.

Necessarily much of the information contained in the treatise was obtained through actual field work by the writer. The main written sources used by the writer were Pratt's Diary, Snow's Diary, Laws of Deseret, Session Laws of the Territory of Utah, Land Laws of the United States, Kinney's Irrigation, Wiel's Water Rights in the Western States, Minutes of the County Courts of the Counties of Cache, Box Elder, Weber, Davis, Salt Lake, Utah, Sanpete, etc.

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