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THE ALBUQUERQUE MORNING JOURNAL WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30. 1908.
r rom the BUSINESS MEN of Puebl o to
National Irrigation Congress at Albuquerque
Read the I ollowing Article and Make Pueblo Your Convention City in 1909
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 valicy. which from times unknown, was the home of the buffalo, deer and antelope. It
was here tiic coyotes and wolves frequently held their frolics and moonlight levees, riere 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. i ft ',) ; fjzi $i,.hw q-0 u -u '
Roosevelt called Colorado the "Playground of the Nation." and it appropriately follows that the Arkansas river is the "Nile of America." It is
longer, i ft volume is greater, its broad, fertile valleys are more densely populated with a more intelligent people than the famous Nile of ancient Egypt.
The t amous valley of the t Arkansas is fan shaped, or might bo likened to a cornucopia, which, starting at Tennessee Pass on the crest of the
Rocky Mountains in Colorado, runs soumeastward 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 oí the longest electric railroad in the world,
namely, from Canon City. Colorad;), 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, wiii 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 jump water to irrigate their and land. While the crops arc growing in the summer season, the electricity can be used for irrigation.
During this season of the year, the troiuhl business will be ihe 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 io market.
It has been demonstrated by the government, under ihe supervision of the United States Geological Survey, at and near the city of Dccrfield,
Kansas, that pumping water by electricity is practicable and feasible, as well as economical, and that electric current for ihis purpose can be useJ
by the farmer at a profit.
The United Stales 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 of 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 hawe feeders iron: 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. 'sm uí ;í g.iíj
In the vailcy oí the Arkansas in eastern Colorado and western Kansas, there arc approximately seven hundred thousand acrcs'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 mmeiv.l storehouses of Colorado's mountains millions of wealth arc annually gathered, hut vast as arc the resources of ihe mines,
the value of Colorado's I arm products is greater. In the industrial contest between mountain and plain, the plains are victor, for here the agriculturist
is at work producing the hnoót agricultural products in the world.
Colorad..; lías had ihree chances since agriculture and fruit growing have been well established to measure her progress against that of the
rest of the country, namt.ly, ai the Chicago World's Fair in 1393. at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in 1904 and at the Lewis and Clark Exposition
t,i 1905. Ai the Chicago World's Fair in 1033. Colorado's agricultural exhibits were awarded ciohty-ciic special premiums.
At ihe St. Louis fair in Ü-C4, the trium;,h of Colorado was even more marked. Three grand prizes were rjiven for exhibits of the products of
orchards and apairios. and for fruits of various Kinds tecre were nineteen goles medals and two hundred and eighty-two other awards. Colorado 'took
either first or second pri. c on every variety oí fruit exhibited, and a greet cr proportion than any other stale in the union; eighty-four gold medals, and
two hundred and eighty-two silver am. oron-e medals. No other two states in the union secured as many arizes as did Colorado.
At the Portland fair, Colorado received five hundred and sk awards two hundred and forty-eight geld medals, one hundred and forty-five
silver medals, sixiy-nino broiue medals, and fo.iy-tour honorable mentions. ; f ; . $ i v'-
The broad and fertile valleys c? the Arkansas in western Kansas will produce fruit equal to that now grown 'under direct irrigation from the
Arkansas river in Ccloratlo. it but remains tor the Electrical Transmission company to put power within reach of the farmers in the Arkansas valicy,
when his fields, orchards. pasbv:; and gardens will challenge the investigation and competition of the world.
The name Colorado has a cash value in the markets of cur country. The high honor of imitation and forgery is paid our products. From San
Francisco to New York our products command a premium in al markets. It is a weii-known fact that the fertility of the lands of the Arkansas valley
has no equal. Cobrado's combination of sun. h.ine. altitude, fertile soil, along with irrigation, makes her agricultural products without a peer.
As a result oí the projects of the Kansas-Cc-lorndu Hailrcad company and the Kansas-Colorado Electrical Transmission company, we arc on the
eve cf a wonderful a'jrituHura! devele amcnt in the Arkansas val'oy. We are about to inaugurate campaign for the irrigation of the arid lands in the
Arkansas valley boiv ern Canon City. Ccbra.'io. and Dceigc City. Kansas, which means more for the state of Kansas and more for the state of Colorado
than any obr enterprise in th last half century. : , m , . . ...
Cob bolda may become exhausted, gold has hut one crop, our mineral resources may all be uhlicd. but the watered fields will pay their annual
Intuito as louu as ib- run shines anu the man toils. "One generation p.-.sscs away, and another generation comeih. hut the earth abk'cth forever."
The X,ms::;-lbhr,':!b Henva:! a id Llebricai Transmission Con-panics' fines touch ail of the laroc cities in the vallov. It will hr.nl mil min
pbber. Luik'ing stone. bv clay, lumber and raw materials of all kinds from the mountains on the west to'
.My thousand inhabitants, the logical market oí ihe great mining camps of the state and of the farming
mva jobbing business am. muting to eighlv-fae million of dollars annually. Pueblo's freight yards handle
Its steel plant, costing over forty n..Hi?ns oí dollars, employs over f-ve thousand men. It is the
gannbtrr. cmmi, IVi H w.i t
Pueblo, the nik.bn oí
districis of i bo veliev. wi
one million, fr.o hi
largest smebm; centrr n the v oriel.
This t or
íes throughout the valley of the Arkansas, hauling to the factories the raw material, and haulmn to
market the manufactured product. II . H 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. !,oth freight and passenger, than they have ever enjoyed before.
Therefor, huhi your next come Uu;i in i- tabbo and allow the people cf ihis city and cf tiie Arkansas valley vo verify al! of the above statements.
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