(Photo of man on irrigation pump)
Montanans are still arguing about water rights, but this farmer had his hands full trying to get it where he needed it in about 1910. Irrigation pumps have come a long way since then.
According to the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica on Montana irrigation:
Agriculture.—In 1906 the farm area was almost equally divided between “dry” farming and farming under irrigation, three-fourths of the wheat produced was grown without irrigation, and the dry farming was very successful with the comparatively new and valuable crops of durum, or macaroni wheat, and Russian barley, which is used in straw for winter feed to sheep and neat cattle.
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