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•■*."• THE NEEDLES •. •.'
A Railroad and Mining Center and a Health Resort.
The Needles Bound to Become
a Thriving Metropolis.
Industries Being Developed on
the Mojave Desert.
Colorado Syndicate Expending- Large
Sums on Mineral Properties.
The Needle* Considered a* a Reaort for
Invalid* Afflicted With Pulmonary
Trouble*— Handsome Pub
lic School Building.
On the California Bide of the Colorado
river, just 12 hours' ride from Los Ange
les, and on the eastern edge of the
Mojave desert, is located the thriving,
prosperous and promising city of The
Needles. Here some 2500 happy and
contented people are residing engaged
in various pursuits, and if the signs of
tbe times are to be read aright, in two
years the population will be increased
to 10,000.
Tbe Needles has existed as a city for
10 years, but it has only been within
tbe last two years that it has attained
any prominence to speak of. When
the Atlantic and Pacific road was com
pleted as far as the Colorado river,
across the territory of Arizona, it was
met at The Needles by a branch of tbe
Southern Pacific, which had been built
out from Mojave across the desert of
that name. It was then that the town
of Tbe Needles sprang into existence,
it being the junction point of the two
great roads. Later the Atlantic and Pa
cific company purchased from the South
ern Pacific tbe branch that had been
built out of Mojave, and ever since that
corporation has been in control and
managing tbe road.
In many ways The Needles is essen
tially a railrsad town, although it is tbe
supply center for a mining region unex
celled in tbe world for its wonderful
richness. Here is the end of a division
of tbe Atlantic and Pacific. Railroad
machine and repair shops are located
here, a large round house and other aux
iliary branches of tbe great corporation.
Thirty-five conductors run in and out of
The Needles daily, and the railroad com
pany dispenses moLthly here the sum
of $50,000 in c ilaries to its employes and
wages paid to labor.
The general superintendent of the At
lantic and Pacific road is Mr. T. R.
Gabel, who has his headquarters at
Albuquerque, >'. M. Mr. Gabel iB a
young man, but he is old in
experience aa a railroad manager.
Under hie wise and sagacious super
vision tho road, although operating
through a very rough country, difficnlt
of access and still more difficult to main
tain a road bed in, haß been kept up to
a high standard. Mr. Gabel is a courte
ous gentleman, and he has surrounded
himself by an efficient corps of assist
ants in the management. The other
officers are : J. Denair, superintendent
of transportation; J. Robins, train mas
ter, New Mexico division; C. R. Perry,
trainmaster, Arizona division; H. P.
Aldrich, train matter, California divis
ion ;O. N. Sterry, general attorney; W.
A. Missel I. general frieght and passenger
agent; H. C. Bush, assistant general
freight and passenger agent; W. W.
Pope, auditor; C. E. Crary, cashier;
H. S. Van Slyck, general agent; Bruce
Tyler, claim agent.
Capitalist* from the Centennial State
invest Largely.
The mineral resources of the country
in and around The Needles, as has been
before etated, are simply unbounded.
Tbe development of these rich mines,
which has already been commenced, is
bound to make a city, and all that is
required is capital, push and energy—
all of which are at hand.
Within tbe past year a »enver syndi
cate of capitalists, beaded by Isaac E.
Blake, W. F. Crosby and other prom
inent Colorado millionaires, have in
vested heavily in mining enterprises in
and around The Needles. These gen
tlemen have all made immense fortunes
in developing mineral properties. They
are experienced and have the financial
aid to asßiat them in the important work
which tbey are undertaking in the Mo
jave desert country and at The Needles.
The Colorado syndicate have taken
hold of affairs in earnest. On or about
the Ist day of February The Needles
National bank will be open for business
in an elegant new building adjoining
Monaghan & Murphy's store. The bank
has a capital stock of $50,000, all of
which has been paid in. Mr. Crosby is
president of tbe bank, and Frank W.
Gove, a well-known young business man
of Denver and Pueblo, is the cashier.
Mr. Gove brings to his important posi
tion a business experiendeof some j ears.
He is already on tne ground, superin
tending tbe construction of the bank
The same syndicate controls the mines
in the New York district, in the Van
derbilt district, in tbe Ivanhoe district
and in the Good Springs district.
Mr. Groaby is at the head of The
Needles water works, and in a short
time an ice and electric light plant ia to
be put in.
The company owns the reduction
works now in operation at The Ne 'dies.
Tbe works are at present running
on ore from the Gold Bug mine, which
is located 60 miles to the north of King
man, Arizona.
The intention is to put jn a smelter at
The Needltß at an early day—just as
Boon as the purchaae of the plant can be
effected. The completion of tbe Nevada
Southern railway, which is now being
built out of Goff's station, 30 miles to
the west of The Needles on the Atlantic
snd Pacific railroad, will mark the erec
tion of tbe smelting plant, which is also
to be put in by this Colorado capital.
A Brl'f Reference to the Solid, Nub«t»n
tial Citizen* of The Needle*.
Reference has heretofore been made
to the enterprising business men and
merchants who have established them
selves at The Needles. Halsey Bros,
hare indicated their faith in the future
city by erecting a handsome business
block which would really be an orna
ment to a city of 10,000 people. This
firm carries an enormous stock of gen
eral merchandise and have built up a
large and a profitable business. W. W.
Topp is the accorx modating agent of
Wells, Fargo & Co., and there is no more
popular young man on the line of the
Atlantic and Pacific than he. F. H.
Thompson has a general merchandise
store on Front street where he is doing a
fine trade. Mr. Thompson has also
established a branch store at the
Vanderhilt mining oamp, which
be will undoubtedly make a
success. Judge J. 11. West is tbe local
representative of The Needles Towneite
company, and he will be only too glad
to furnish information concerning real
S. T. Holcombe, jr., is the local agent
of the Hebald, and also conducts a gen
eral grocery, fruit and provision busi
Henry Lambert is the manager of The
Needles market, where fresh meats are
always obtainable. Francis J. Kelly is
the proprietor of the only drug store
now in the city, but a new one is to be
opened February Ist by Dr. D. W. Reee,
a physician and surgeon of repute who
haß recently located at tbe metropolis oi
the Colorado. S. C. Winchester also has
a general merchandise store on Front
Btreet, where almost anything in the
line of general supplies can be obtained.
Among the other business firms at The
Needles that should be mentioned are
George S. Briggs & Co , Flynn & Potter,
O'Brien & Henry, and A. 6. McDonald
A Co. The financial standing of all of
them is A 1.
Tbe Finn of It on ac nan X Mnrpby
Known Far and Near.
Extending from Lob Angeles on the
west to Denvei on the east, and from
the source of the Colorado river on the
north to the point where it empties
into the Gulf of California on the south,
the firm of Monaghan & Murphy is
known far and wide, and favorably
known, too—not only for the business
sagacity of its members, but also for
the broad-gauged, liberal policy which
ite members pursue.
Tbe firm comprises Frank Monaghan
and Daniel Murphy, two as whole-
Bouled, courteous gentlemen as one will
meet in a month's journey. Both part
ners uere formerly railroad men, and
are well and favorably known in Los
Angeles, where they have hosts of
Messrs. Monaghan & Murphy em
barked in bnsinesß at The Needles 10
years ago, before the railroad had been
constructed as far as, the Colorado
river. They had a small beginning,
but with tbe completion of tbe
railroad and the development of the
mineral resources o( the Mojave desert
and surrounding country, their business
increased until it has grown to enor
mous proportions. A good share of this
increase is due to the popularity of the
firm and to the well known reputation
which they have established for.
square and honest dealing. The buainess
of tbe firm reaches $200,000 per annum.
Both Mr. Monaghan and Mr. Murphy
have strong faith in tbe future growth
and prosperity of Tbe Needles and they
always stand ready and prepared to as
sist financially and otherwise any enter
prise which tends to the upbuilding of
tbe place. Witb a few more such citi
zens as Mr. Monaghan and Mr. Murphy
the future of Tbe Needles is assured.
The Social and Labor Organization* and
Their Omeer*.
The employes of the Atlantic and Pa
cific road who make The Needles their
place of residence are all members of
the various organizations of railroad
employes that exist throughout the
country. The following is a directory
of the orders and clubs that exist at
Tbe Needles:
Needles division, No. 383, Brother
hood of Locomotive Engineers—Meets
every Sunday at 2p. m. F. W. Little
field. C. E.; R. C. Brockie, F. A. E.;
i James Shankland, S. A. E. *
Order Railway Conductors—Meets
every Thursday at 3 p. m. A. M.
Rice, C. C.; W. A. Mills, secretary
and treasurer.
Louisa B. Gaffney lodge, No. 388,
Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen-
Meets eveiy Wednesday at 2:30 p. m.
P.H.Gorman, master; F. M. O'Con
nor, secretary; F. H. Thompson, finan
Silver Mountain lodge. No. 327, Broth
hood of Locomotive Firemen—Meets
every Saturday, at 8 p.m. James A.
Stout, master; James P. Forbes, secre
tary; W. H. Rogers, receiver; F. M.
Griffith, collector.
International Association Machinists,
lodge No. 132—Herman Knderle, master
machinist; J. L. Robinson, secretary;
James Murray, foreman.
Brotherhood of Railway Carmen —
Meets second and fourth Sundays of
each month at 10 a. m. Harry Black,
chief carman ; John Harrison, recording
secretary; John Lewis, financial secre
Up High club, division No. I—Meets
every Sunday at 8:30 p.m. James P.
Forbes, G. H. P.; P. H. Gorman, sec
retary ; William Cemone, treasurer.
Needles Musical association—F. H.
Crane, leader; James Lawler, secretary ;
Daniel Murphy, manager.
The Needles Dramatic club meets last
Sunday in each month ; P. H. Gorman,
president; James Lawler, secretary and
treasurer; James P. Forbes, general
The Needleß Athletic association---
Professor Brinkworth, manager athletic
department; Professor Tyson, manager
natatorium ; Martin Kelley, manager.
All of these associations render life at
The Needleß very pleasant for tbe mem
bers. Nearly all of tbe citizens are fra
ternal brothers, and the social clubs
give numerous entertainments which
are always successful in every sense of
the term.
, , Si"TH ES
Will Be Open for Business.
W. F. CROSBY, President. -:- FRANK W. GOVE), Cashier.
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Albuquerque, N. Supplies

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