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Doctor Jones On Imperial Lands.
BERKELEY (Cal.) Feb. 9, 1903.—
(Editor Fruit World.) In answer to
the questions, "What do I think of
the Imperial lands in San Diego
After a personal visit through tho
valley by driving many days, over
n>ii:iy M.v.ions of li.o valley; digging
and boring mnny holes, noting the
physical characteristics of the soil
and making many analyses of the
same, and noting the results the farm
ers have achieved in one year, I must
say there are boundless possibilities
for the farmer who locates there.
From previous reports I expected
to find the soil full of alkali, but after
making about 250 tests, some from the
surface and some from the depths of
one, two and three feet, it revealed
the fact that the largest part of it is
free enough from salt and black al
kali, to be used for profitable agricult
Much of it is of a sandy loam, which
takes water readily and can be easily
There are small areas where clay
predominates, that will not take water
readily, that will provide good pasture
or meadow lands; other patches where
the salt is excessive, will have to be
reclaimed by drainage before being
utilized. As there are about 500,000
acres under the irrigating system, all
will find good lands, by taking the
precaution to have it tested for salt,
and will note its adaptability to take
The valley, is blessed with the threa
great essentials, rich soil, aburdant
sunshine and an unlimited, supply of
From an horticultural point of view.
I can see in the future, thousands of
acres of profitable producing orchards,
For instance, the date will find a con
genial home there, as the conditions
are suited to its growth.
I found the soils intrinsically very
rich; being well supplied with phos
phorus, potash and lime, and unite
rich in humus for arid soil. A rich
deposit of silt is brought down by the
river every year.
Our young men could not do better
than to take up 160 or 320 acres of
government land which will in a few
years time be worth $100 per acre.
All cereals seem to do well, and
alfalfa will find its, "Ideal Home"
there; it can be cut from six to eight
times a year. I found cotton attained
the height of six to eight feet.
The water when filtered is very ac
ceptable for domestic use, and stoat
vvili be supplied iho year round fro in
the water running in r.he ditches.
All information here given, was ob
tained by observation anfl examina
tion or from actual settlers in ihe
P. C. JONES. |
The thirteen counties of Southern
California cover almost exactely one
half of the area of the State, or 78,
438 square miles.
The population of these counties
has increased from about 10 per cent"
of the population of the State in ISSO
to about 30 per cent, today
Southern California produces 95
per cent, of the citrus fruits shipped
from the State, the crop, in a normal
year, amounting to about 25,000 car
Southern California produces all of
the petroleum output of the State, the
product in 1002 amounting to 12,000,
Southern California leads the world
In the quality of its sugar beets, some
beets raised last year running 25 per
cent, sugar. The output of the four
sugar factories in 1902 was valued at
The total value of the principal pro
ducts of the thirteen counties of
Southern California, including manu
factured goods, Is conservatively esti
mated at $100,000,000.
The population of Los Angeles city
in 1880 was 11,311; in 1890, 50,395;
in 1900, 102,479. Today the popula
tion is conservatively estimated at
The bank clearings of Los Angeles
in 1902 amounted to $243,083,927, an
increase of nearly 40 ptr cent, over
l'!h value of buildings erected in
Los Angeles in 1902 was about $9,
According to the United States cen
sus, Los Angeles made the largest
percentage of increase of population
of any city In the United States, dur
ing the decade 1890-1900.
Lob Angeles leads all American
cities In increase of bank clearings.
Los Angeles leads all American
cities in increase of postofllce receipts.
In November, l!) 02, Los Angeles
ranked fourth among all the cities of
the country in the value of buildings
Los Angeles leads the world in the
use of the telephone. There is one
telephone to every eight inhabitants,
men, women and children. Chicago
and New York have one to forty in
During 1902 Los Angeles increased
more rapidly in population and wealth
in proportion to its size than any
other city in the world. — Los Angeles
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