The Benefits Of George W. Swink's Leadership Skills
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One of the Greatest Unknown Founders of Colorado History
Have you ever wondered, “Why the chicken crossed the road”? Ask yourself was the “chicken” courageous and adventurous or innocent and uneducated of the dangers of what might happen to him? Some men lead by example and others follow in anticipation of an unforeseen out-come and that’s what sets one man apart from the other. Was the “chicken” leading the pack or looking for others like him? How many times have you asked yourself “Who am I: Am I a leader or a follower”? The benefits of George W. Swink’s leadership skills; successful and or failed endeavors are academic through his innovations, as a pioneering homesteader, public official, marketer, inventor, humanitarian, politician…show more content… As an innovator and public official, George’s life and the lives of others around him began to thrive. George W. Swink was a farmer and rancher that owned 5000 acres of land and the Swink Cattle Company, in foresight recognized a problem with providing water to his crops and livestock in the new harsh arid climate. Injecting himself into a project that would divert the Arkansas River into 2 canal systems “George W. Swink, of Rocky Ford, as he is considered not only the father of irrigation” (Smiley, 447). Helped forge the Highline Canal and Catlin Canal Systems in 1873 and to the far reaches of the plains and to settling farm communities and “encountered much opposition from the old time stockmen who wished to monopolize the land for their own purposes” (Smiley, 447).
With the onset of traveling visitor and settlers in and though the region: new developments in industry began to emerge in the west, one innovation brought with it new possibilities of opportunity. Today we call it the railroad. The railroad had been purchacing: properties, farms, ranches and businesses at vast rates to gage their railroad through Rocky Ford and Arkansas River Valley to displaced hundreds of people, today we call them Homeless. George W. Swink