Guide to the American Falls Canal and Power Company papers,
1894-1923

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Creator: American Falls Canal and Power Company (Idaho)
Title: American Falls Canal and Power Company papers
Dates: 1894-1923 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 4 boxes (3.5 linear ft.)
Collection Number: USU_COLL MSS 109
Summary: Correspondence, legal documents, and reports relating to the American Falls Canal and Power Co. and six affiliated canal and land companies, including the Aberdeen Townsite Investment Company; Aberdeen-Springfield Co.; American Falls Canal Securities Co.; Evans, Curtis, and Sweet Co.; Idaho Irrigated Lands Co.; and the Utah Mortgage and Loan Co.
Repository: Utah State University. Special Collections and Archives
Manuscript Collection

Merrill-Cazier Library
Utah State University
3000 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322-3000
Phone: 435 797-2663
Fax: 435 797-2880
Email: scweb@usu.edu

Languages: Collection materials are in English. 
Sponsor: Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008

Historical Note

The American Falls Canal & Power Company was formed in Salt Lake City, Utah, in 1896, to take advantage of government land made available by the passage of the Carey Land Act in 1892 and by the subsequent passage of the Idaho Irrigation District Law in 1895. These laws allowed individuals to purchase land at 15 cents per acre with the stipulation that they had irrigation water available. The American Falls Canal & Power Company contracted with the state of Idaho to provide irrigation water at the rate of $15 dollars per share in the Blackfoot, Idaho area. To build this canal it was originally estimated that the cost would run about $325,000 dollars. The funding for this project came from the Utah Mortgage & Loan Company, of Logan, Utah.

With the development of irrigation canals in the Blackfoot area it became profitable to establish other canal and land companies to work hand-in-hand with the American Falls Canal & Power Company (six of these companies were from Utah). The American Falls Canal & Power Company operated for 18 years until February 27, 1914, when the company filed for bankruptcy.

Content Description

The papers of American Falls Canal & Power Company provides information about the development of large-scale irrigation projects on the Snake River in southeastern Idaho. This four box collection consists of legal documentation, stock receipts, correspondence, and financial records pertaining to various irrigation projects in southern Idaho. In addition, boxes 3 and 4 contain the papers from numerous organizations affiliated with the American Falls Canal & Power Company.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  Restrictions

Open to public research.

Restrictions on Use :  Copyright

It is the responsibility of the user to obtain permission to publish from the owner of the copyright (the institution, the creator of the record, the author or his/her transferees, heirs, legates, or literary executors). The user agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Utah State University Libraries, its officers, employees, and agents from and against all claims made by any person asserting that he or she is an owner of copyright.

Permission to publish material from the American Falls Canal and Power Company papers must be obtained from the Special Collections Manuscript Curator and/or the Special Collections Department Head.

Preferred Citation :  

American Falls Canal and Power Company papers, 1894-1923. (COLL MSS 109) Utah State University. Special Collections and Archives Department.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information :  

The papers of the American Falls Canal & Power Company were donated in 1991 in conjunction with the Utah Mortgage & Loan Corporation Records (Mss Collection 131), by George Herbert Champ and his two siblings, Mary Knox Champ Nielsen, and Frederick Winton Champ.


Detailed Description of the Collection

American Falls Canal & Power Company origination documents, deeds, and contracts, correspondence, and other documentation

Folders 8-15 contains engineering reports about the canal's construction. Folders 16-32 contains financial information about the company-trust deeds, agreements, and financial disclosures.

Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
1 1 Contract with the state of Idaho 1901
1 2 Contract with the state of Idaho 1904
1 3 Contract with the state of Idaho 1905
1 4 Opinion on legal right of ways, by Richards and Haga
1 5 1908 agreement
1 6 Agreement with the Reclamation Service 1908
1 7 Annual report 1908
1 8 Chief engineer's report 1900
1 9 Engineer's report 1905
1 10 Location of canal passage 1894
1 11 Water location documents 1894
1 12 Agreement with Lyman Skeen about contractor work 1903
1 13 Contract with Lyman Skeen about contractor work 1905
1 14 List of papers on file with the Idaho State Engineer's office
1 15 Notes about changes made in the canal
1 16 Trust deed with Utah Savings and Trust Company 1903
1 17 Contract with the Utah Mortgage and Loan Company 1905
1 18 Resolution authorizing a $31,000 dollar loan from the National Bank of the Republic, 1908, and a resolution of the directors of the Evans, Curtis, and Sweet Company authorizing the guarantee of the above note 1908
1 19 Trust deed with People Bank & Trust Company of Illinois, and power of attorney document
1 20 Trust deed with People Bank & Trust Company 1907
1 21 Trust deed with People Bank & Trust Company 1908
1 22 Agreement with People Bank & Trust Company 1908
1 23 Agreement with Salt Lake Commercial Bank 1908
1 24 Trial balance of assets of the American Falls Canal & Power Company 1905
1 25 Trial balance of assets of the American Falls Canal & Power Company 1907
1 26 Statement of differed payments of contracts with the UMLC
1 27 Statement of money received since September of 1907
1 28 Funds advanced to the canal company by various stockholders 1911
1 29 Correspondence concerning a second issuance of bonds for the canal company 1911
1 30-32 Copies of bond orders

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Documents from the board of directors and stockholders meeting and correspondence

Folders 6-29 are correspondence.

Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
2 1 Report of meeting 1908
2 2 Meeting minutes and resignations
2 3 Stockholder list as of January 17, 1913
2 4 Notices for stockholder meetings
2 5 Board of directors information
2 6 Andrews, Ella G
2 7 Brown, Joseph 1909-1911
2 8 Champ, George 1907
2 9 Church, E. O 1909-1911
2 10 Enns, F. D 1909-1911
2 11 Foulks, Nellie B 1911
2 12 Howell, Benjamin
2 13-16 Lee, William 1910-1911
2 17-18 Lowe, Nora Jones
2 19 McClure, Homer
2 20 Oregon Short Line Railroad Company 1910-1912
2 21 Tibke, Jacob 1912
2 22 Tracy, David 1912
2 23-24 Utah Mortgage & Loan Company 1912
2 25-27 Vance, H. S 1915-1923
2 28-29 Wright, Hughy J 1912-1914

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American Falls Canal Company papers and papers from affiliated companies

Box 3: Folders 7-11 relate to the Aberdeen Townsite & Investment Company; Folders 12-13 relate to the Aberdeen-Springfield Company, 1910; Folders 14-17 relate to the American Falls Canal Securities Company; Folders 18-33 relate to the Evans, Curtis, and Sweet Company.

Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
3 1 Claims against the canal company 1909
3 2-3 Notes due to the canal company 1909
3 4 Irrigation deed releases 1907
3 5 Samples of gold bonds and warranty deeds of the canal company
3 6 Company advertising brochures
3 7 Aberdeen Townsite & Investment Company reports, correspondence, and townsite map 1907-1918
3 8-11 Documents concerning the investment company 1909-1911
3 12 Document creating the company 1910
3 13 Stockholders information
3 14 Bond issued in 1918, trust deed and appointment of UMLC as trustee
3 15 Correspondence 1917
3 16-17 American Falls Canal Securities Company papers 1918-1919
3 18 Articles of incorporation and other company documents 1903
3 19 Board of directors information 1905-1906
3 20 Report from Albert D. Early, lawyer
3 21 Document regarding a $20,000 dollar loan from the UMLC
3 22 Bill from the UMLC
3 23 Correspondence concerning the bankruptcy of the American Falls Canal & Power Company
3 24 Licenses from Idaho, Utah, and Wyoming.
3 25 Certificates of stock owned by EC & SC.
3 26 Stockholder meeting notices for 1907-1912
3 27 Correspondence and contracts - Dawes, Frank and Hugh
3 28-29 Correspondence and contracts - Forsell, Peter
3 30 Correspondence and contracts - Madsen, Peter
3 31 Correspondence and contracts - Moore, P. R.
3 32-33 Correspondence and contracts - Snow, E. M
4 1 Idaho Irrigated Lands Company 1900-1910
4 2-3 Peoples Bank & Trust Company 1917
4 4-5 Correspondence concerning the Evans Curtis & Sweet Company, Aberdeen Investment Company, and the American Falls Canal & Power Company
4 6-10 Correspondence regarding the Utah Mortgage & Loan Company
4 11 Document from the Interior Department about the Jackson Lake Reservoir Project
4 12 Bill from Martineau & Evans Law Firm.
4 13 Contracts with the American Falls Canal & Power Company due in 1908

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Subjects

    • Corporate Names :
    • Aberdeen Townsite Investment Company (Idaho)  ( contributor)
    • Aberdeen Townsite Investment Company (Idaho)
    • Aberdeen-Springfield Canal Company (Idaho)  ( contributor)
    • Aberdeen-Springfield Canal Company (Idaho)
    • American Falls Canal and Power Company (Idaho)  ( contributor)
    • American Falls Canal and Power Company (Idaho)
    • American Falls Canal Securities Company (Idaho)  ( contributor)
    • American Falls Canal Securities Company (Idaho)
    • Evans, Curtis and Sweet Company (Idaho)  ( contributor)
    • Evans, Curtis and Sweet Company (Idaho)
    • Idaho Irrigated Lands Company.  ( contributor)
    • Idaho Irrigated Lands Company.
    • Utah Mortgage and Loan Company (Logan, Utah)  ( contributor)
    • Utah Mortgage and Loan Company (Logan, Utah)
    • Subject Terms :
    • Irrigation canals and flumes--Idaho.
    • Geographical Names :
    • American Falls Dam (Idaho)--History.
    • Blackfoot (Idaho)--History.

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