Apple Gate

March 2014

Home Supply Irrigation Dam

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On March 3, 1895 the Home Supply Irrigation Dam was constructed on the Big Thompson River west of Loveland. It was designed in 1894 by John H. Nelson, a self-taught engineer who did not have the benefit of a college education. He always had aspirations of being an engineer and while he farmed for his father, he used the money he earned to purchase text books from Yale and Harvard. He studied while working in the fields.