Guide to the Davis and Weber Counties Canal Company papers,

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Davis and Weber Counties Canal Company.
Title: Davis and Weber Counties Canal Company papers
Dates: 1895-1898 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 1 box (.4 linear ft.)
Collection Number: USU_COLL MSS 111
Summary: Correspondence, financial records, notes on cost and construction of canal, notes on land received from the Union Pacific Railroad Co., and correspondence. Significant correspondents include Ephraim P. Ellison and the Union Pacific Railroad Co.
Repository: Utah State University, Merrill-Cazier Library, Special Collections and Archives Division
Contact Information: Special Collections and Archives
Merrill-Cazier Library
Utah State University
Logan, UT
Telephone: 435-797-2663
Fax: 435-797-2880
Languages: Collection materials are in English. 
Sponsor: Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008

Historical Note

The Davis & Weber County Canal Company (DWCCC) was established October 1, 1898 to carry Weber River water from Riverdale, Utah, to Kaysville, Utah. The DWCCC was financed by the Peoples Bank & Trust Company through the auspices of the Utah Mortgage & Loan Company of Logan, Utah. Since its creation the DWCCC has built numerous canals and reservoirs, which has resulted in the growth of various agricultural communities and towns along the water routes. Tragedy struck on July 11, 1999, when a breach occurred on the DWCCC irrigation canal near Riverdale, Utah, resulting in the evacuation of hundreds of people, substantial property damage, and a water shortage that affected local culinary and agricultural users. Notwithstanding the accident of 1999, the DWCCC is still in operation today.

Content Description

The papers in this collection chronicle the founding of the Davis & Weber County Canal Company and its early canal building projects. Although this one-box collection is relatively small, it contains several important historical documents, such as the letters and papers from the Union Pacific Railroad Company's Land Department, pertaining to the sale of railroad land (which had been granted for the construction of the transcontinental line) to the canal company. Also included are letters from the prominent Utah industrialist, Ephraim P, Ellison, who served as president of the canal company from 1898-1937.

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 Davis and Weber Counties Canal Company papers must be obtained from the Special Collections Manuscript Curator and/or the Special Collections Department Head.

Preferred Citation :  

Davis and Weber Counties Canal Company papers, 1895-1898. (COLL MSS 111). Utah State University. Special Collections and Archives Department.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Arranged in numeric sequence according to Box and Folder.

Acquisition Information :  

The papers of the Davis & Weber Canal 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

1 Treasurers reports 1895-1897
2 Expense accounts 1897-1899
3 Bond agreement with the Union Pacific Railroad Company
4 Stockholders meeting 1898
5 Memoranda
6 Notes on the cost and construction of the Davis & Weber Canal Company
7 Notes on the land received from the Union Pacific Railroad Company
8 Plat description from 20-5-lw
9 Correspondence between Ephraim P. Elision and L. B. Adams 1898
10 Correspondence from the Receivers Union Pacific System Land Department 1898
11 Correspondence with the Utah Mortgage & Loan Company


    • Personal Names :
    • Ellison, Ephraim P., 1850-1939 correspondent.
    • Corporate Names :
    • Davis and Weber Counties Canal Company--Archives.
    • Union Pacific Railroad Company.
    • Subject Terms :
    • Canals--Utah--Design and construction--Costs.
    • Canals--Utah--History.
    • Irrigation canals and flumes--Utah--History.

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