Davis and Weber Counties Canal Company papers, 1895-1898  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Davis and Weber Counties Canal Company.
Davis and Weber Counties Canal Company papers
1895-1898 (inclusive)
1 box, (.4 linear ft.)
Collection Number
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.
Utah State University, Merrill-Cazier Library, Special Collections and Archives Division
Special Collections & Archives
Merrill-Cazier Library
Utah State University
Logan, UT
Telephone: 435-797-8248
Fax: 435-797-2880
Access Restrictions

Open to public research.

Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008

Historical NoteReturn to Top

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 DescriptionReturn to Top

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 Although this one-box collection is relatively small, it contains several important historical documents, such as the letters and papers from the Union Pacific Railroad Company's Land Department, pertaining to the sale of railroad land (which had been granted for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 CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use


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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 InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
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

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

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