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Water Interpretation Exhibit Area Opens in Greeley


The City of Greeley, with the support of the Poudre Heritage Alliance and the Cache la Poudre National Heritage Area, opens a new exhibit area at Centennial Village Museum, 1475 A Street that highlights the importance and history of water. The ribbon-cutting dedication ceremony will take place September 7 at 2:30pm.


On display, an original Steel Eclipse Type Fairbanks-Morse windmill and part of the Ditch No. 3 headgate along with interpretive panels that tell the story of water in Northern Colorado. Known as the “farmer’s friend,” windmills were and still are an important pumping water device from underground aquifers for domestic use in dry land areas. Dug in 1870, Ditch No. 3 was the first man made canal that diverted water from the Cache la Poudre River to Greeley in order to irrigate crops and household gardens. It is still a vital source of water for many local farmers.

Located just south of Island Grove Regional Park in Greeley, Centennial Village Museum is Northern Colorado’s 8-acre outdoor living history experience. The museum preserves life in the Colorado High Plains Region from the last 150 years and is open to the public from the end of May until the beginning of September, with several special events planned throughout the year.

For more information about Centennial Village Museum visit or call 970-350-9220.

Release Date:
Sep 4, 2018
For more information, media representatives should contact:
Scott Chartier, Historic Sites Curator
Centennial Village Museum

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