Key Figures

Clinton H. Hutchinson, the “Father of irrigation projects in the West”, came to Oregon in 1984 with hopes of establishing an irrigation system in Crook County. After succeeding, he turned his focus on to Southern Oregon and its potential. The Rogue River Valley had everything it needed to be a agricultural region, except and adequate irrigation system. The area was quickly populating and the infrastructure was struggling to keep up. With providing the region with an adequate irrigation system, he hoped to bring the valley to its full potential. He along with Civil Engineer, Fred N.Cummings, the creator of the Rogue River Canal Company, set to work to establish a series of canals, as well as established water laws within the region. Cummings was an extremely reputable man who also did work with government land reclamation, meaning that they taking the region of a lake or similar regions and making it into land, which was a contributor to his reputable name in the field.

Their efforts were also supported and accompanied by A. P. Stover, who was in charge of the Irrigation Investigation for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, was also an important figure with establishing an irrigation system. He conducted a vast amount of studies on the region in terms of soil, climate, and precipitation. All of which very important to ensure the most efficient irrigation system could be established. These men all worked together in establishing irrigation through endless surveying of land, locating water reserves, building canals and dams, as well as establishing an irrigation system covering over 55,000 acres in Southern Oregon. The efforts of these men truly transformed the region, supplying agricultural what they needed to make the valley a main provider of crops in the west coast.