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THE ALBUQUERQUE MORNING JOURNAL WEDNESDAY. SEPTEMBER 30, 1908.
AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE
r rom the BUSINESS MEN of Pueblo to
The National Irrigation Congress at Albuquerque
Read the Following Article and Make Pueblo Your Convention City in 1 909
High up among the craggy peaks of the Rocky Mountains on the backbone of the American Continent in Colorado there rises a little stream of
water, which, making its path among the stones by force, impatient of the obstacles it meets, oft thrust aside by rugged boulders set with in its bed,
yet pausing not to stay, the restless streamlet hastens on its way, eager to blend its current with the flow of the famous river in the fertile valley
The Arkansas river is the spinal cord of the Arkansas valley, which from times unknown, was the home of the buffalo, deer and antelope. It
was here the coyotes and wolves frequently held their frolics and moonlight levees. Here also was the rallying place and the camping grounds of the
numerous tribes of Indians who held dominion over this section of the country, and it was equally the favorite rendezvous of trappers, traders and
hunters who roamed over mountain and plain during the earlier part of the past century. ?'í ftJRlft;f& - '
Roosevelt called Colorado the "Playground of the Nation." and it appropriately follows that the Arkansas river is the "Nile of America." It is
longer, its volume is greater, its broad, fertile valleys are more densely populated with a more intelligent people than the famous Nile of ancient Egypt.
The famous valley of the tArkansas is fan shaped, or might be likened to a cornucopia, which, starting at Tennessee Pass on the crest of the
Rocky Mountains in Colorado, runs southeastward through Colorado into Kansas. At Canon City. Colorado, the beginning of the valley proper, it is
but a few miles in width, rapidly increasing in width to the eastward.
Throughout this entire valley, the Kansas-Colorado Railroad company has begun the construction of the longest electric railroad in the world,
namely, from Canon City. Colorado, to Dodge City. Kansas a distance of three hundred and eighty-seven miles.
The Kansas-Colorado Railroad company's twin company, the Kansas-Colorado Electrical Transmission company, backed by the same finan
ciers, officered by the same persons, will construct electric power plants at Canon City, Colorado, La Junta, Colorado, and Garden City, Kansas. The
Transmission company, with its initial plant at Canon City, in the heart of the coai fields of Colorado, will generate electricity for the operation of the
trains over the Kansas-Colorado Railroad company's lines.
The Electrical Transmission company will also furnish electric current to the farmers along the entire Arkansas valley, for the purpose of
running motors to pump water to irrigate their arid land. While the crops are growing in the summer season, the electricity can be used for irrigation.
During this season of the year, the freight business will be the lightest. During the fall and winter season, the necessity for pumping water will be
at an end, and the electricity can be used to haul the agricultural products to market.
It has been demonstrated by the government, under the supervision of the United States Geological Survey, at and near the city of Deerfield,
Kansas, that pumping water by electricity is practicable and feasible, as well as economical, and that electric current for this purpose can be used
by the farmer at a profit.
The United States government has erected a system of pumps crossing the Arkansas valley at this point, which pump from fifty to sixty feet
of cubic water per second oí time: in fact, enough to cover one hundred acres of land one foot deep each day. or three hundred acres of land four
inches deep per day. These pumping plants havvc feeders from eighteen to thirty feet in the ground to the water bearing strata below the surface,
and after having been in operation for months, the flow of water remains undiminished. One pump properly equipped, lifts from five to six cubic
feet of water per second of time. t f'ltig ! ti) I ft If iH
In the valley of the Arkansas in eastern Colorado and western Kansas, there arc approximately seven hundred thousand acres of land which
can be irrigated by pumps run by electricity, and this land can be irrigated at a profit to the farmer, as well as to the company furnishing the current.
It is estimated that the Electrical Transmission company will furnish power to irrigate approximately as much land as the combined area
irrigated by all of the government plants now under process of construction, and it must be borne in mind that this is an independent private enter
prise, not receiving government, state or municipal aid. nor aid from the Government Reclamation Service, but is backed by the whole united people
of the Arkansas valley, who having undertaken this herculean task, call out for the hearty co-operation and assistance and good will of every man,
woman and child throughout the valley. This project recognizes no state line between Colorado and Kansas, but this is eliminated for the good of the
From the mineral storehouses of Colorado's mountains millions of wealth arc annually gathered, but vast as arc the resources of the mines,
the value of Colorado's farm products is greater. In the industrial contest between mountain and plain, the plains are victor, for here the agriculturist
is at work producing the finest agricultural products in the world.
Colorado has had three chances since agriculture and fruit growing have been well established to measure her progress against that of the
rest of the country, namely, at the Chicago World's Fair in 1 893. at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in 1 904 and at the Lewis and Clark Exposition
in 1905. At the Chicago World's Fair in 1893. Colorado's agricultural exhibits were awarded eighty-one special premiums.
At the St. Louis fair in 19C4, the triumph of Colorado was even more marked. Three grand prizes were given for exhibits of the products of
orchards and apairies, and for fruits oí various kinds there were nineteen gola medals and two hundred and eighty-two other awards. Colorado took
either first or second prize on every variety of fruit exhibited, and a greater proportion than any other state in the union; eighty-four gold medals, and
two hundred and eighty-two silver anci bronze medals. No other two states in the union secured as many prizes as did Colorado.
At the Portland fair, Colorado received five hundred and six awards two hundred and forty-eight gold medals, one hundred and forty-five
silver medals, sixiy-nine bronze medals, and forty-four honorable mentions. .' ft ' ft ' ' I ft tft tffJritf'f
The broad and fertile valleys of the Arkansas in western Kansas will produce fruit equal to that now grown under direct irrigation from the
Arkansas river in Colorado. It but remains for the Electrical Transmission company to put power within reach of the farmers in the Arkansas valley,
when his fields, orchards, pastures and gardens will challenge the investigation and competition of the world.
The name Colorado has a cash value in the markets of our country. The high honor of imitation and forgery is paid our products. From San
Francisco to New York our products command a premium In all markets. It is a weil-known fact that the fertility of the lands of the Arkansas valley
has no equal. Colorado's combination of sunshine, altitude, fertile soil," along with irrigation, makes her agricultural products without a peer.
As a result of the projects of the Kansas-Colorado Railroad company and the Kansas-Colorado Electrical Transmission company, we are on the
eve of a wonderful agricultural development in the Arkansas valley. We are about to inaugurate campaign for the irrigation of the arid lands in the
Arkansas valley between Canon City, Colorado, and Dodge City, Kansas, which means more for the state of Kansas and more for the state of Colorado'
than any other enterprise in the last half century.
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Coal fields may become exhausted, gold has but one crop, our mineral resources may all be utilized, but the watered fields will pay their annual
tribute as long as the sun shines and the man toils. "One generation passes away, and another generation cometh, but the earth abidcth forever."
The Kansas-Colorado Railroad and Electrical Transmission Companies' lines touch all of the large cities in the valley. It will haul coal, mica,
gannister, gypsum, Portland cement, cement plaster, building stone, fire clay, lumber and raw materials of all kinds from the mountains on the west to
Pueblo, the "Pittsburg of the West." a city of sixty thousand inhabitants, the logical market of the great mining camps of the state and of the farming
districts of the valley, with a manufacturing and jobbing business amounting to eighty-five million of dollars annually. Pueblo's freight yards handle
one million, five hundred thousand cars each year. Its steel plant, costing over forty millions of dollars, employs over five thousand men. It is the
largest smelting center in the world.
This road will serve the sugar beet factories throughout the valley of the Arkansas, hauling to the factories the raw material, and hauling to
market the manufactured product. It will furnish to the farmers and to all of the people living along its line, not only a cheaper, but a more satisfac
tory, means of transportation, both freight and passenger, than they have ever enjoyed before.
Therefor, hold your next convention in .Puebloo and allow the people of this city and of the Arkansas valley .o verify all of the above statements.