Saturday, August 13, 1910.
EL PASO HERALD
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Irrigated Lands Increase in
Land. This is Evidenced
ipidly Than Any Other Farmir
What Has Already Been Done in Irrigate'
Districts. A Few Quotatio
Ilie subject of irrigation is a bugbear to a majority of
I eastern and northern farmers. 'There is a settled idea
among them that the necessity for irrigation is a draw
back. It is not necessary to tell anyone who has resided
in the Rio Grande Yalley of El Paso, Texas, even for a
brief period, of the benefits of irrigation. They are too
manifest. The greatest results in agriculture and hor
ticulture are obtained by irrigation in regions of continu
ous sunshine, where the process of growth is kept up
without the interruption of cold and cloudy days. Such
conditions, with the addition of water, are ideal for the
rapid development of vegetable life. Success hinges on
the supply of water, both for early and late irrigation.
With the assurance of sufficient water, the irrigating
farmer may become the most prosperous farmer in the
world. Success under such conditions becomes a mathemat
ical certainty. The farmer who embarks in his calling on
an irrigated farm in the Rio Grande Yalley can calculate
in the beginning, approximately, what crops he will har
vest under intelligent cultivation and what revenue he will
derive from his land. This certainty of success has been
sufficient to attract many thoughtful and ambitious men
to the valley lands, who are being followed by others who,
through publicity, are becoming acquainted with what the
valley offers the industrious farmer in this land of oppor
tunity. Farming by irrigation is the ideal method of agri
culture. If the farmer be the owner of an unfailing water
supply, he is able to produce all thefield and orchard
products suited to this latitude at a less cost in time and
a labor than any farmer anywhere under conditions such as
prevail m the eastern and central states. In the Rio
Grande Yalley aud under the irrigation ditches he is inde
pendent of weather conditions, and -all crops are reason
ably sure if he gives them the care that good practice re
quires. It is impossible to imagine families more inde
pendent than those who are establshed on irrigated farms.
Under analysis such a condition makes a close approach
to the ideal.
People who have cut the tap roots that held them in
their northern and eastern homes and have transplanted
themselves to the irrigating regions of the southwest,
have become quickly weaned of their longings to return to
their former abode. This fact is for those who are afraid
they won't like it. Those few exceptions twho have pulled
up their new stakes and have gone back to their former
haunts almost without exception come trailing back to
the southwest declaring that the east was not what it was
their ideas having changed.
"When you contemplate a lake 40 miles long with
enough water in it to drown three small states and
swelled besides by a river that feeds on the snow of the
Rockies, which will be created by the Elephant Butte dam,
now under construction, it does not take much assurance
of engineers to convince one that there will be enough
water there for the irrigation of the 180,000 acres of land
having rights under this system, making it possible for
thousands of those who now reside in the snow bound re
gions,where the blizzards grip the land in ice clutches
in the winter and the humidity makes one gasp like a fish
out of water in the summer, to procure homes in the sunny,
temperate Rio Grande Yalley a land where the frost
never damages in the colder months and the dryness of
the atmosphere in the summer precludes the possibility
of the distressing" "steam bath."
Here in the Rio Grande Valley, in the "Land nf Snn-
shine ' where nature has bestowed her gifts with a bounty
unrestrained, the husbandman may spend his days and
enuploy his energies upon farms having an adequate and
perpetual supply of water, where there will be no crop
failures caused by drouths, no sunstrokes, blizzards or
cyclones, and where one can plant with an assurance of
realizing a full reward for one's labor.
To live in this region means a delightful existence.
Health attends the residents and the greatest returns are
received for the minimum ratio ojc toil. The building and
operation of the proposed electric railway, with its swiftly
moving trains, down the valley will be realized. The im
mense water power to be created at the dam and along the
canals will generate electricity for its operation. As the
Elephant Butte reservoir will be the largest artificial
body of water in the world, a sight that every tourist will
want to see, there is every reason why Elephant Butte
will become one of the- most attractive pleasure resorts in
Panning by irrigation in the Rio Grande Yalley, in
which a man of moderate means can engage, is the best
and surest business. First, he lias his home and living
from his own acres. The surplus is " velvet.' That sur
plus is whatever he mav wish to malater makes
crops sure. The farmer here tans' 4io chances.
A little farm well tilled' in ItnlRio Grande
"Claims of 160 acres sold here five
Yallev of El Paso will insure a comfortable. living and' a
competency, j There are homes for lOlOOO' farmers within
two hours' ride of El Paso in the Rio Grande galley, and
the farmer and investor can make no -mistake -in buying
a farm or lands in the valley, lands that are remarkably
productive, as proved by the fruitful farms already in
cultivation, where men have become prosperous by grow
ing alfalfa, orchard and garden fruits and the hardy prod
ucts of the north.
The Yuma ' Countv Water
Yuma, Arizona, say
years ago for $500 to 1500. When the.gvermnent pro
ject is finished we expect to see landumpto $100 per
acre, and in five vears to $200 per acre.V ' ,
The Umatilla River Water Users! Association of
Hermiston, Ore., say that five years osl private ditch
company reclaimed a small portion of land ahdr-ihe water
right for $60 per acre. Two years agogoVernment engi
neers investigated the proposition with the result that
$1,000,000 w,as loaned to the Water Users' 'Association
which will complete a system of canalsito 'irrigate 20,000
acres. Land is now selling from $50 to If&OOperacre and
some of it at $600 per acre. - , ;
The Payette Boise Water Users' Association of Cald
well, Idaho, state that land has doubSdV in; value in the
last three years and is now worth $150itp$200 per acre.
"Where special attention has been given to orchards the
land is worth $500 per acre.
Lands in the vicinity of Burley, Idahof range in value
from $60 to $100 per acre. Three to five'years ago $10 to
$40 per acre. r -
Land near Carlsbad, New Mexico, sold in 1904 for $20
per acre. These lands are now worth$75 to $125 per
acre. The government completed an amgati'on system
just north of Carlsbad at a cost of $600,$X). - i
Lands near Delta, Colo., are now wortfiaboutx$100 per
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The Elephant Butte Water Users' Association of Las
Graces, N. M., report that land is now worth from $100 to
$150 per acre. A few years ago this land belonged tofche
government and could be entered at $1.2o per acre.
The Okanogan Water Users' Association of Okano
gan, Washington, state that irrigated lands are worth'
$100 to $200 per acre without improvements. Five years
ago this land could have been entered at $10 to $20 per
acre. No person can have more than 40 acres.
The Sunnyside Water Users' Association of Wash
ington report that irrigated lands in their vicinity are
worth $300 per acre. Fruit lands sell rapidly at $1000 per
acre. Five years ago land in the Sunnyside district could
be bought for $30 per acre.
The Strawberry Yalley Water Users' Association of
Payson, Utah, report that irrigated lands are now worth
$50 per acre. Fruit lands $200 to $250 per acre. A few
vears ago the land could be bought for $15 per acre.
In the Yakima Yalley of Washington irrigated lands
arworths$85 to $1000 per acre. About 25,000 acres of j
lanff bHqn to the government. The water right costs
360per Sere, payable in ten installments. Private lands
can be bought for $25 per acre and government land can
beenteredteor $1.25 per acre.. Four or five years ago this
lankcouldlbe purchased at about one-fifth of its present
. (At Gooding, Idaho, the Manning Realty Co. adver- j
--,-A l A w,,- o d9nn f $Qfin "TVia ls-nrJ will not J
bf sold'tcT. speculator," says the ad. "To the man who
buys and improves it and builds a home. You must enter
intb a collect to reside on the land one year from date of
purchase. 'No more than twenty (20) acres will be sold
toone person." ,
; The Yakima Land Co. of North Yakima, Wash., ad
vertises inj a recent edition of the Yakima Daily Repub
lic as follows:
t "We are putting our choice holdings in the Cowiche
YtUeyi on the market at the phenomenal low price of $200
an-acre in ten-acre tracts." Think of $200 as compared
wjtK the. low price asked for El Paso Yalley land.
' The Arcadia Orchards Co. of Spokane advertises a
limited amount of land at $400 an acre. The Her Invest
ment Co. of Xorth Yakima have $250 raw lands for sale
fear Yakima. Grape land in the Fresno, California, dis
trict coatst$125 an acre flip, tmimproved, according to nu
merous land ads issued on that district. The Bitter Root
Yalley Irrigation Co. of Montana is selling unimproved
land, especially adapted to apple growing at $400 an acre.
Tneir lands are nearly all sold.
tfJRawlands under the Tifeton project in Washington
now sell for $150 per acre, including water, according to
the Tieton Water Users' Association.
Unimproved fruit lands can be purchased in the
Union Gap Yalley of Washington for $275 to $325 per
acre, according: to. F. S. Weed, secretary of the Irrigation
Land In the El Paso, Texas, Valley Is Now Advancing in Price Daily, Caused by ' a Heavy
Demand and Many Improvements. It Is Not the Price of Land that Counts, it Is the
Amount of Yearly Revenue It Will Bring to the Owner. Further Information Can be Had
by Addressing Any of the Following :
General Information A
AUSTIN & MARR, Caples Bldg., El Paso, Texas.
WM. MOELLER, Herald Bldg., El Paso, Texas.
A. P. COLES & BROS., 204 N. Oregon St., El Paso, Texas.
HATTON REALTY CO., City Nat'l. Bank Building El
NEWMAN INVESTMENT CO., 226 Mesa Ave., El Paso,
FELIX MARTINEZ, 14 Plaza Block, El Paso, Texas.
boot EI Paso Valle? bv Writing t
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LONE STAR LAND CO., 213 Texas St., El Paso, Texas.
MATHEWS & DYER, 117 N. Stanton St., El Paso, Texas.
PENCE BROS., 217 Texas St., El Paso, Texas.
ANDERSON-BENNETT REALTY CO., 27-28 Bassett-
Edwards Block, El Paso, Texas.
D. a. HEINEMAN, 207 Mills St., El Paso, Texas.
H. L. HOWELL, Herald Building, El Paso, Texas.
MAPLE & CO., 209 Mesa Ave., El Paso. Texas.
LATTA & HAPPER, 207 Mesa Ave., El Paso, Texas.
of the F
J. R. FISK, Trust Bldg., El Paso. Texas.
CASSIDY & DAVIDSON, 211 Mills St., El Paso, Texas.
BUCHOZ & SCHUSTER, Caples Bldg., El Paso, Texas.
JOSEPHTJS BOGGS, 15 Morgan Buldg., El Paso, Texas.
R. C. BAILEY LAND CO., Orndorff Bldg., 306 Mesa Ave.,
El Paso, Texas.
LOOMIS BROS., 202 Texas St., El Paso, Texas.
PETERMAN & LANSDEN REALTY CO., Ysleta, Texas.
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