B-26 Preliminary Report on the Underground Waters of a Part of Southeastern Colorado


Preliminary report on the underground waters of a part of southeastern Colorado. 15 pages. 1 table. Digital PDF download. B-26D

This report focuses on parts of Elbert, El Paso, Lincoln, and Crowley Counties. Included is the general geology, a focus on water-bearing beds, and the structure and depth to the different water-bearing beds. Water bearing beds were listed as the basal part of the Tertiary sand and gravels, sandstones on top of the Fox Hills and at the base of the Laramie Formations, and sandstones within the Fox Hills Formation.

From the Introduction:

The area examined by the CGS in eastern Colorado during the summer of 1919 included parts of El Paso, Lincoln, and Elbert counties. The center of this area, which is discussed in this preliminary report, lies 38 miles east, and 5 miles south of Colorado Springs. V. J. Hendrickson and D. R. Knowlton assisted the writer during the examination, which covered approximately 225 square miles. The object of the investigation was to obtain data which would be of help in directing the search for well water in the area.

In as much as sand and gravel cover practically the entire area, information as to possible water-carrying beds was limited, for the most part, to questionable data obtained from water wells. For this reason the boundaries which appear on the accompanying map are generalized.

The area is a part of the Great Plains of eastern Colorado, being an undulating surface covered with a sandy soil. Farming, stock-raising, and dairying in limited amounts constitute the industries of the region. Water for irrigation is not present in the area, and in many places as yet no well water has been found. Aside from small areas adjacent to streams, the ground water of the region comes from local rains and snows.