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EI PASO HERALD
22 Saturdays September 2, 1911
DEMI N G
Soil, water, climate and a market the intelligent investor examines conditions relative to these four
items in any given 'locality which- he is investigating with i view to locating. Upon each of these
points Deming stands preeminent in the Southwest. - V. -( " ' : '' ;P
First WATF.R. The nnalitv of Dpmino- water is famed throufrhodt the southwest: No need to waste time uporf that
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It is simplythe best in America. As to the quantityof water in the Mimbres Valley underflow, we submit. the following:
In Senate-Document ISTo. 41, 52d Congress, first session,
Page 224, we , find a report of this same Minibres Val
ley of winch, we are all so fond. After reciting the
fact'that the Mimbres Biver heads in the Black Eange,
in Hie northeastern part of Grant County, that during
the flood, season its waters flow to a point some ten
or twelvelrniles southeasterly of Denting, but that dur
ing the driver portions of v'the year the water disap
pears into mn underground channel at a point about
forty milesifrom itstsource, the report proceeds as fol
lows: . "According to Mr. L. Clapp, Jr., the civil engineer in
charge, the flow of H;he stream at King's ranch (about
30 miles north of Deming) was found to be ninety
cubic feet per second, by measurement taken March
14, 1891; about five weeks later it was found to be the
same; on i another visit in May it was estimated to be
one-half,, and I believe that a fair estimate of the
average discharge of the river at this point would be
ninety cubic feet per second, exclusive of flood waters
This WK)uld give -an annual discharge of nearly three
billiom cubic feet per year.'5'
Continuing its observations the report states that
the river bottom proper at the point above designated
is about nine hundred feet wide, and that this bottdin
is covered about one month on an average each year.
"Ass3imingv that this holds good for twenty days,
there will be a discharge of over five billion cubic feet
to be added to the normaL'total given, making a little
in excess ef eight billion eifcic feet as a total annual
discharge of the surface j flow."
The xeport is further, astfollows: -
t "The indications for a large under-flow are ex
ceptionally good. The lower Mimbres is believed to
be an undergroundliver; in that case the surface water'
is only the surplus appearing after the underground
channel is surcharged."
The report then goes on to calculate the amount
of water which passes "King's ranch underground and
adds this to the amount 'of the flood-water and the
normal discharge of the stream, giving a total from
all'! sources of over nineibillion cubic feet, or, to be ex-
-act, of 224,710 acre-feet. An acre-foot is tie amount .
"of water which an acrereservoir one foot deep would
hold. In other words, the annual discharge of the
Mimbres Biver at a- point aboyut thirty miles north of
Deming is computed by this report io cover 224,710
aerQS one foot deep. This is a part of the source of
the-underflow at Deming and of the lower Mimbres
YaHey. The water sinks into sand and gravel strata
eachyear, and feeds into our underflow, replenishing
it from year to year. And when the water comes in
the riper bed by Deming for any "considerable length
of tinie, it is an indication that the underground chan
nel onreservoir is surcharged.
Soil. The soil of the Mimbres Valley varies from
a heavy adobe to a light sandy loam. Actual chemical
analyses show that the soil of this wonderful, valley
is ten times as rich. in nourishing salts as the best ag
ricultural lands f Illinois. It is a strong, productive
soil, responding: quieklv to cultivation. John Huhd
?uts from a ton and a half to -two. tons of alfalfa from
his field per acre per- cutting, and he gets five full-cuttings
per season. Mr. Hund's farm is three miles east
of Deming. Eug&JRamsey, five miles south of Dem-
ing, raised eight tonXof dry feedstuff to the acre last
season California pink beans net the farmer from
$40 to $60 per acre per season. It is a ninety-day crop.
Here is the data from B. D. Osborn's little truck
patch, typical of dozens in the Mimbres Valley:
Eight acres of land were .grubbed, leveled, ditched
and fenced rabbit-proof. The crop of this, eight acres
was distributed as follows: One acre alfalfa, three
acres beans, one-eighth of an acre tomatoes, one acre
cow peas, one acre cane, one acre Egyptian wheat and
pop-corn, anL the remainder was put into Dish and
sweet potatoes, pumpkins and the like. r
The. following is ah itemized statement of the yield:
Canned tomatoes $80.00.
Canned beans - : . ..:.:. 7.00
Beans . . . ' . :r . .. . . v . 252.00
Eeed . .-.V. ".-..... .T.X.. ."., ,160.00
Total ..... :J ....... .'. : .... :". ..... $499.00
Besides this prpduce,f which was sold J!or cash,
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enough Msh and sweet potatoes,.pumpkins, scpiash,
onions, and the likewas raised to furnish the family,
for the whole winter. And, furtherfan acre was suc
cessfully seeded to alfalfa, fronwhich, of course, there
was nonreturn for the first few months, but which is
I'eady to furnish, hay enough for home use from the
beginning vof nextseason. .There is an item-of $54.80
for gasoline and lubrieating-.oil,leaving'$444.0a- cash
income from this seven acres of land. In other words,
Mr. Osborn has made this land earn $63.00 per acre
this year. It will be noted that every item of expense
listed above isvfor permanent improvements, with the
exception of the $100.00 item for groceries, and that
the pumping plant, installed is abundantly able to
handle twenty acres. "
The eiglrt acres in itsXpresent condition, based upon
its demonstrated earning power, is worth, at the least
calculation, two hundred dollars per acre, or a total"
of sixteen hundred dollars. ,But, at thesame time,
Mr. Osborn is acquiring titleffrom the government t6
the entire tract of one hundred and sixty acres, every'
acre of which is just .as goodfcas the eight acres. which
are now in cultivation.
Climate: Deming is situated on a. 'high, sun-kissed
plateau; within the shadow- of -the most beautiful moun
tains of the world, from which blow life-giving breeses,
' at an altitude of 4,300 feet, we- have an evenness of
temperature and low humidity.- The latter to sudfan
extent that we can call this section arid with an annua!
precipitation of but eight and one-half inches, thus
offering the coinbined therapeuticeffectof altitude and
These facfe-lessen the usual objections, or contra
indications to altitude, because the gravity of the
rarefiedatmosphere is such astp prove of . benefitven
to the patient with extensive lesions." The Uenefit S
further enhanced by the hematoporetic processes of
cellular regeneration, which is increased by greater
water- abstraction, while the heat abstraction is dxmirT
ished to such a degree that even enfeebled individuals,
who could not be "benefited in1ihe Alps and who are
ordinarily sent to low, hot countries, like Morida and
"the southern coast states, may Jiave their lives pro
longed in Ifew Mexico without suffering the conse
quences of the debilitating heat.- Eain in winter is
practically unknown, alh-precipitation "Jperiig as snow.
We have usually dry winters and springs, the greatest
rainfall being at the season whenNmoisture can most
easily be tolerated by invalids. The percentage of sun
shine is veryhigh, an average for three years showing
300 clear days, 45 partly cloudy and fair 'days and only
20 cloudy days, the chief cloudiness of the' year occur
aing in July and August. In winter tne thermometer sel
dom goes, below freezing point and in: summer it may
reach 90 to 95 degrees. The heat of 'the, day is chiefly,
from 11 a. m. to 4 p. m. One step from the sun into the
shade brings coolness at once. Sunstrokes are abso
lutely unknown in ew Mexico,
Markets: A glance at the map will show you that
Deming is the best' railroad center in ISew Mexico.
The Southern Pacific crosses the county -near the
center and is a transcontinental j;oad; the Atchison,
Topeka & Santa Ee is also a transcontinental line, en
tering the county in the northeast, reaching Beming
and then running northwest to Silver City and the
mining districts of Grant County. The El Paso is
Southwestern system - crosses the southern end of
Luna County, and connects at Deming with the two
other lines "by means of ashortlraneh road. It con
nects also with4he Rock Island in eastern Xew Mex
ico, thatisto say, at El Paso, and reaches Chicago. The
Southern Pacific alsc .sells tickets direct to Chicago
as well as to Itfew Orleans and points intermediate.
A branch rqadruns from Lordsburg, east of Dem
ing on the- main line- of the Southern Pacific, to Glif
tonin northeastern Arizona's great copper district;
the Globe mining district is reached from Bowie, far
"flier eastward pn, the Southern Pacific, and logales
aiid the Sonora country, still 'farther eastward, at
Tucson, while the Southwestern opens fiom Derning
the great .mining centers of Bisbee and Douglas, and
reaches also the Mexican border.
This gives Luna County connection witli. all parts of
the country, east, west, north1' and south? " "
ADDRESS A CARD TO THE
Secretary, Chamber of Commerce, Deming, N. M.,
For Full Information Regarding Deming and the Mimbres Valley. V