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.
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 Although this one-box collection is relatively small, it contains several important historical documents, such as the letters and papers from the Union Pacific Railroad Company's Land Department, pertaining to the sale of railroad land (which had been granted for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.
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Davis and Weber Counties Canal Company papers, 1895-1898. (COLL MSS 111). Utah State University. Special Collections and Archives Department.
|3||Bond agreement with the Union Pacific Railroad Company|
|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|