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John Lamb, • Editor and Publisher V V V $7.00 Par Year V» V» V» FRIDAY,»APRIL 3, 19*13. \ ÎÏÎ TELEPHONE No. 26 ÎÎÎ $ Owyhee County, Idaho I [continued] 's» v> Artesian Wells. Bordering on the Snake riv^r nearly the entire north side of the county are extensive tracts of rich lands, wanting only water for irrigation to make them equal to any agricultural lands in the state. Tho greater pertion of these are subject to homestead entry, They would provide many prosperous homes if irrigation were practicable. Within the past two years a number af arte siau wells have been drilled on these plains and in ever instance a supply of water has been the result. The aver age depth of the wells is about 600 feet. Etch one supplies a flow of water, which if conserved and used only as required on the lands is suffleent to supply a ranch of c itisidoralile size. The cost of drilling these wells is not great, and thus lands that may be had for the entry can be made valuable. This presents the opportunity for home making which is not to be over looked. Hot Sprli\g3, There are numerous springs in Owy hee worthy of note. Some of the hot springs have acquired more than a looaljfam ) for possessing curative prop erties and are resorted to by persons afflicted with various complaints. In the great Brutieau Canyon, not far above the head of tho valley, a hot creek joins the river, fed by springs of which but little is known, on account of their inacessibility. Beautifully lo cated near the head of Bruneau Valley several springs of very conslerable vol ume, with water at almost scalding temperature, gush from the ground Many people resort to these springs for bathing. On Castle Creek is a large spring from which the water emerges at a boiling heat. Ou the south border of Snake river are several hot and war m springs, one of which with its accomo dations for the public, with bathing house etc, is now extensively patroniz ed by persons troubled with rheumat ism and kindred complaints. Game And Fish. The wild and picturesque portion of this couutry abounds iu wild game and its streams are wellstockei with moun tain trout, Black tail deer, some aute lope, occasionally a mountain sheep constitute the larger game, while mountain lions or cougar are frequent ly hunter's trophies, Sage hens and willow grouse are found in great abuu dauce both on mountain and plain. There is plenty of shootiug for lov ers of hunting and similar [recreations. Snake river supplies our local markets with larger ilshes, among the best of which are sturgeon and salmon 1 Camping Out, People coming from the Eastern States whore the rainfall is greater than here aud the fall of the dew heavy at night can scarcely realize the enjoy ment one has in camping out on our streams iu our mountains. Hunting and fishing parties of families and friends, ladies gentlemen and children, establish camps at favored spots aud enjoy out-door life aud recreation for a few days and weeks. The days will be all sunshine and the nights always cool aud refreshing. Tents are only taken with snch parties to secure priv acy. The open air, under the blue starlit canopy with - plenty of blankets to keep them warm, is all the shelter required. Oue does not swelter through a hot night and get up in the morning enervated. Hot nights may be good for crops of growing corn, but they are not [conducive to health and restoration of energy. Our almost cloudless summer skies, our cool nights and invigorating atmosphere of our higher altitudes have in them a charm the residents of the less favored localités little realize. If you feel en ervated and worn out, come to Idaho and enjoy a season of our out-door life. Society. One need not feel that ho is going beyond the pale og civilization in com ing to Owyhee. The peoplo are quite as relined in manners and accomplish ments as in scattered comrtiunities anywhere. In fact they are made up from the more energetic classes of the older states. Churches and fraternal society organizations are to be found here, conducted with as much zeal as elsewhere. The public schools are in charge of experienced teachers and are most liberally supported. The people are as law abiding as any community anywhere. Our civil aûd criminal courts hold only a very brief session because of the little business coming before them. Our great mining indus tries give us in their employee a considerable population which is con tinuously shifting, but the western precious metaljmiuers are the peers iu inteligence, industry, morality and honor of any class of mechanics or working men in the world. They take and read a greater number of daily and weekly news-papers, magazines and books than most other communit ies. Tramps are few. JDead beats, hobos and bams are not a minus quantity among us, the broad mantle of charity audj the tolerance of tho people suffering them to exist in our midst. Mines and Mining While thé live stock, weol growing and agricultural interests ,of the County are large aud important, Owy hee is essentially a miniug county. Its ranges of mountains are seamed with veins of gold and silver bearing ore which so far surpass all the other sources of wealth that all other indus tries are dwarfed by comparison. The products of our mines have been the foundation of many large fortunes. The future of the industry promises many more fortuues. Iu fact it may be truthfully said that the industry is yet iu infancy. The surfaces only of many of its districts have been touched aud tew and important discoveries are con tinuously being made. Owyhee is still a most inviting Held for prospectors as well as for investors. A brief description of the numerous discovered mining districts is all that can be told of them in this little folder. Further information may be of any business meu heae, who will ro j ou to parties informed regarding the pistricts about which inquiries may be made. had War Eagle Mountain The first location of a quartz vein was made on the mountain—the first iu this portion of tho state—was made in 1863. Mining was carried on on this mountain with great activity from 1865 to 1875. The production of bullion during this decade is variously esti mated from records of shipments at from 321,000,000 to 330,000,030. tunately all this business was controll ed by San Fraueisco stock speculators, and with a great bank failure in that city, in 1875, "the bottom dropped out,' Tho principal properties were tied up iu litigation, the mines filled with water and buildings and costly machinery al lowed to go to wreck, and for nearly fifteen years only the smaller ties, owned by individuals vere worked. Now titles baye been straightened out aud a new era of activity is beginning based on legitimate business princi ples. On the eastern slope of the mountain is a great string of nearly a mile long, iu former times owned and operated by a number of separate companies. These have all been acquired by one company, which instead of attempting to work them from the top down as was formerly done, has run a tunnel 6300 feet, cut ting tho system of veins at a depth of 2100 feet and proposes to work the tire series of mines through this tnu nel, establishing a new camp, with ductiou works east of the mountain. West of this[system of veius crossing the summit aud nearly to the foot of Unfor proper veins en re its western slope are so many veins of ore of more or less value, all covered by ruining daims that the brief space will not admit of a mention of all them. Among them is the great Poor man mine, with a record of more than 36,000,000 iu production. Even further west, under the town of Silver City, are other veins—a valuable vein ot ore crossing the center of the town. West of Silver City is Florida. Mountain. seamed like its neighbor with great veins of ore. Here the Trade Dollar consolidated company's properties have within the past ten years made for tunes for the shareholders. Other companies have recently been organiz ed, acquired other properties which promise to become rivals of the Trade Dollar in value of production. DeLamar Mountain. located seveu miles west of Silver City, has produced nearly if not quite 310, 000,000 from the property of one com pany. And there are a number of other promising properties on that mountain, only awaitiug the magic touch of capital to bring them out. Gow Greek, Four miles northwest of DeLamar, is a district with splendid surface show ings from which much rich surface mineral hag been taken, but not suffi cient development work yet accom plished to demonstrate its real value. It is a district worthy of investigation. Tho Rooster Comb District, Nine miles north of DeLamar, has re cently been demonstrated to carry large veins of very high grade ore. The district iu which veins have been discovered and located covers a con siderable area. Men with ample means to demonstrate their value have ac quired some of these claims and the present year there will be a good deal of work done there. Flint District This district is located eleven miles south of Silver City. There is an ex tensive outcropping of silver-bearing quartz veins in the district and there has been a considerable production of bullion from them. A number of years ago the producing mines became the properties of some B. & M. railway capitalists who have permitted them to remain idle. However, local men have developed claims outside of the Flint company's holdings, have put up a con centrating mill and are making a suc cess out of their enterprise. There are other similar opportunities iu the district. Mammoth District Is looated five miles east of Flint on Boulder and Mammoth Creeks. Some very wide veins of low grade silver ores have been located in this district. Ample water power is available for re ducing the ores of the district and it is claimed it can be so cheaply concen trated that a profitable enterprise could be established here. [TO BE CONTINUED] First-Clwss Board By the l>ay or Week. Meals at All Hours, from (5 a. m. to 8p. in. MBS. MORGAN, Royal Bl'tl'g-, Washington-st. Blacksmithinfi WORK IN ALL BRANCHES Executed with Net ness and Dispatch, At the shop of W m. Parr, SILVER CITY, IDAHO, WAR EAGLE < ► ► < I * HOTEL. ► < < < ► < % Silver City, IdaJro. < ► < ► ► < ► 0, D. BR.VMBAVGH, Proprieior ► Gardner McGovern Livery, Feed and Sale Stables The finest rigs in the city. Good careful drivers. Excellent saddel horses. Patronage of the public solicted. IDAHO SILVER IDAHO HOTEL < < < < SILVER CITY. IDAHO. First-Cla-ss in Appointments Simple R_ooms for Sal . men s < Stage Office and Wells Fargo (SL Co.'s Express in Hotel * 1 Connors tSl Etions, Vrop s \ Sampson & Irving LIVERYMEN. Stables at Silver City & Mvirphy -PROPRIETORS OF Murphy, Silver City,-Dewey and DeLamar STAGE LINES. The best facilties for transportation between the railway terminus to and from Silver City, De Lamar, or other points in Owyhee. Keep good moan tain rigs, with good stock aud careful drivers. S-AJMTPSOlSr & I3R/VI2STC3 Hotel Deweys Best Equipped Hostelry In Owyhee Covinty Heated By Stea-m Lighted By Electicity MARK C 0 LB 0 RN, Mgr.