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OPPORTUNITIES FOR COLONY ENTERPRISES
In San Luis Obispo and Northern Santa Barbara Counties IMMENSE TRACTS Of FERTILE LAND Adapted to Mixed Farming and Dairying HOOD WATER FACILITIES Projected Model Welsh Colony on Fer nandez Rancho Prices ol Land Will Unquestionably Be Doubled Within a Year Good Transportation Facilities by Rail and Ocean—Genial and Healthful Climate—Brief Description of the County's Products. The recent sharp rise in wheat and other cereals in smypathy therewith has caused a marked Increase in the demand for land ln Southern California adapted to general agriculture. The primary reason for this demand Is that grain crops will pay well the coming season, at least, as the present prices are likely to be sustained owing to the serious shortage in other grain producing coun tries and the reduction of last season's surplus to a minimum. Farming lands in Southern California have been in a great measure neglected for the more fascinating (though In many instances less profitable) fruit lands, hence the prices of land of every description In the extreme southern counties have reach ed higher figures than the ordinary farmer can pay. It behooves, therefore, the farmer or fruit grower of moderate means and with a growing family, to investigate the opportunities afforded in San Luis Obispo county and the northern part of Santa Barbara county for securing the foundation for a farm or orchard at one quarter the cost ln the southern coun ties of California. When fertile land, much of it covered with oak timber, and all adapted to the growth of general farm products, fruits, nuts and veget ables, can be purchased on easy terms for from $10 to $50 per acre, according to distance from railroad and ocean trans portation and "moist" land at that, re quiring absolutely no Irrigation, this section must Inevitably (with the com pletion of the overland coast railroad ln the near future) attract thousands I—l I I-H fm (f** l*m S± ri f-% ¥ <Fk Y% tft C f For General Farming: and Fruit Growing:, in i iUi 1 yl V! IvCIL/ 10^3• Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties jj - . - . - . - . ' - . . Unsurpassed Soil and Climate, No irrigation needed; Perennial Springs; Best Watered section of Special I ndUCemetltS Offered tO ColOny Enterprises California. Good Transportation Facilities by rail and sea. Plenty of Oak Timber for Fuel. —* ** r Lands sold by owners direct and on easy terms. J ~~~ • Bradley-Garey San Marcos Rancho I 1 Tract Colony Las Chimineas I MwlNs V \ (Santa Barbara County) Situated about seven miles northwest of This magnificent property of 16,000 acres | \l V L \ Paso Robles, on the Southern Pacific Rail- j s situated in the southeastern part of San <2l \ \ Cv c- 4 .•«. v uin , «.m road (Coasi Line); tract contains about Luis obis P° Co,mt y» 2 5 milas from *c <t P *• <$• Situated in the beautiful Santa Maria Val- 2500 acres of both plow and hill land— c ~ „ .., ..... . , , , •O- V. <> , ~ . . ... . ' , , ..... . . Southern Pacific (Coast) Railroad; its living w jßeW**' T ' ley, six miles from the flourishing town of 1400 acres of plow and 1100 of hill land— . * ' ' * ' V f[\ ° eJIteAS Santa Maria; contains about 2400 acres of the latter covered with alfileria, bunch »P™P « f P" re ™ ter . soil and W W * £ \ choice fruit .and, specially adapted to ap- F*» clover : i ust the thin « for stoc J grasses make .1 one of the best £ BEMOS V,---. », , , and dairy purposes. The San Marcos creek stock raisin? ranches in California or tor i W'' - \ f eS ; Pn ; ,eS ' ? PnC ° tS ' W ; ,nUtS Sma " runs though the ranch all the year round, subdivision into small tracts. The property I /VOt <? >-,. > \ . fruits - For sale ,n 20 and 40-acre tracts. and there are perennial springs all over the will be sold as a whole for the ridiculously )11 :-r*N. Term.-..540 per Acre of Low Price of „ per Acre \ r Jfo/-t/«i£%l?"'™ matym* . (,\> V . One-third Cash, Balance to Suit 0n Hasy Terma Deferred Payments, 8 per cent Interest » \^fc l^/'«** a ! c\\ \ <(f ___ _____ | , ~ " Fernandez El Chorro Burnett Ranch Homestead Tract Rancho PAC IF 111 DCEA/V V******* ys> (Santa Barbara County) (Falling Water) / L V X Situated four miles from the town of Los , A fine stock farm of 1800 acres in the great .■/ <J Alamos or 1 1-2 miles from the Pacifiic A charmingly-situated 1800-acre ranch butter situated Coast Railroad; trans P° rtatio » both rail S AI m " eS S C C f y r. S wharf at Cayucos, San Luis Obispo County, 4m and ocean; soil sandy loam, and a portion Obispo and 2 1-2 miles from Goldtr c thus conyenient and f M steamer U- ! 1 heavily timbered with live oak; abundance Station, on the S. P. (Coast) Railroad s x t tation to the markets / San Fran . of water; splendid fruit land,especially figs "iiles from the ocean; rich so, h a The osCrwk AddreSS.. and M * c,imate mild and healthful- ™* an * Be ; e, h^^£2S runs through the entire ranch the whole food for pulmonary trouble; 4400 acres in flowing through year long, affording an abundance of water w < thetract - A splendid tract for mixed ™d dairy land and admirable versified L stock also power to run a large cream „ I P farmil, « a,ld frult growin§! ° r f ° r dairy fl uZ !rrTZ 500 acres good plow lancf, balance IT f\ CI il C I ft 11 fl LjCD VWCOrpOMtW; purposes . offered in a body for P'M to each 20-acre tract. 1 WVImIV VUI Owners $12.50 per Acre to Colonists. Price of Land $30 to $50 houses, all complete. SAN LU ,S OBI3PO, CA U Arthur Bray , —J= -—— Or Darling & Pratt, ...And Other Lands Equally as G00d... 210 and 212 Wilcox Block, Los Angeles. Completion of Southern Pacific (Coast) Railroad within a year will double values. of new settlers within the next year or two. The recent subdivision of many large ranches ln the above counties and placing of the lands on the market.will doubtless attract a great number of eastern as well as Southern California farmers to this section. Fortunately there are over one million acres of un developed land in these two counties, hence there Is room for all who may come for the next few years. THIS COLONY SYSTEM As already stated San I.vis Obispo county and the northern part of Santa Barbara county have vast areas of un improved land, but unsurpassed any where In fertility and probably the best (naturally) watered land in California. No Irrigation is therefore needed as the Immense and diversified crops of farm ing products and fruits of these counties attest. The problem that now puzzles the large lard owners Is how can they accomplish speedily and yet Judiciously the settlement of these extensive areas of fertile, well watered lar.d that are now unoccupied except as grazing lands for cattle, sheep and hogs. A former well-known resident of Los Angeles, now engaged in large land enterprises in San Luis Obispo county, has assidu ously studied the above problem during the past year and now believes that there Is only one practical method of achieving tills "devoutly to be wished consummation" and that Is by inaugu rating "colony" enterprises. But suc cessful colony enterprises require ex perienced, energetic and reliable mana gers, and a grt at difference of opinion exists regarding the best system of in auguratlng ar.d conducting projects of that character. It Is worthy of note that Anaheim, the parent colony of Southern California, was founded by an association of per sons in moderate circumstances and it was eminently successful frnm the start. Tndeed, Its nhenomlnal success has been BUch an ."object lesson" to other com munities ln Southern California, where large tracts of undeveloped land exist ed, that many other successful colonies were patterned from the Anaheim plan. The present Is unquestionably an aus picious lime to inaugurate similar col ony enterprises In San L.uls Obispo coun ty and northern Santa Tiarbara county fnr many reasons, and among them the following: llano's eminently well adapted to diver sified farming and fruit growing can now be obtained here in large holdings of from 20(10 to 5000 acres, for $10 to $15 per acre, from actual owners, on easy terms of part cash and a moderate rate of Interest on annual payments of the ba!a.nce. The sun never shone on more fertile nor better watered lands, which absolutely require no Irrigation, thus saving the farmer or fruit grower of moderate means an Important Item of expense. The great cost of Irrigating in addition to the high prices of land ln the southern counties of California pre vents the further successful prosecution of large polony enterprises in that sec tion. The eastern or foreign farmer, dairyman or fruit grower desirous of obtaining from 40 to 100 acres of land In Southern California at a moderate price JLOS HERALD: SWDAY MORMIfGr. ITOVICMMW 9, must, therefore seek for a home, indi vidually or as a member of a colony as sociation, further north—ln trans-mon tane Santa Barbara county or San Luis Obispo county, which are in Southern California, and where all the products of the seml-troplc region are grown equally as successful if not better, except cit rus fruits. Another incentive to purchase land for colony enterprises in these counties now is the inevitable doubling ln values that will occur as soon as the Southern Pacific (coast) overland railway is completed from San Francisco to Los Angeles and the east, which reliable men believe will be done within a year, as the "gap" is only flftv-slx miles and the uncom pleted divisions of this great "scenic" route ar,e not paying much more than expenses at present. With the recent rapid, but probably permanent, advance ln the price of wheat, barley, oats and other grains, also provisions ln sympathy therewith, the prices at which these lands are now offered will doubtless be advanced materially, especially as the proceeds of the coming season's crop of grain or other products at the present market value will well nigh pay for the land. Many other reasons could be given in favor of the Immediate purchase of these large holdings for colony purposes, but one more must suffice. Lands in these counties are now offered by one large land company of San Luis Obispo, who are the absolute owners, for one half what similar lands were sold at three or four years ago, and It Is ad mitted by all observant and sagacious men that the "bed rock" prices now pre valent will surely not last long, owing to the aforesaid reasons, and particularly ln view of the inevitable speedy reaction from the depression that has prevailed throughout the country during the past three or four years. A PROJECTED WELSH COLONY The wonderful adaptability of many large tracts of land owned by the Pacific Land company, and situated ln San Luis Obispo and north Santa Barbara coun ties, to dairy products has attracted to this section a large number of experi enced butter and cheese makers and dairy stock raisers. Many experienced Swiss dairymen have achieved phenomenal success as Individual settlers in different parts of these counties. A movement has been Inaugurated to secure the settlement of a colony of at least 100 families of Welsh dairymen and farmers on the Fernandez rancho in Santa Barbara county, where the soil, water facilities and climate are unsur passed for successful butter and cheese making and for raising dairy stock. The Welsh butter and cheese makers of On eida and Herkimer counties. New York, also In Wisconsin and Minnesota, have achieved world-wide fame as experts in those industries and tn diversified farm ing. Welsh farmers In the fatherland and ln America are celebrated for their industry, thrift and intelligence; also their excellent moral and religious char acter. If a colony of these desirable peo ple Is successfully established In Santa Barbara county as projected, anothet will be speedily established ln San Luis Obispo county. These will form, it-4s hoped, a nucleus of many other colonies of Welsh people, who by their thorough familiarity with dairy industries will demonstrate the excellent opportunities afforded in these two counties for suc cess in those lines. It w ill be a credit to Santa Barbara county that the flrsi movement to establish a Welsh agricul tural colony ln California originated hero, for the well-known intensely re ligious, literary and musical character of the Welsh race, in addition to their thrifty, industrious habits and expert knowledge of dairying and mixed farm ing, renders them altogether the most valuable class of settlers that can be ob tained. THE FERNANDEZ RANCHO This Is the rancho where it is proposed to establish a model Welsh colony, as stated before. It Is situated) ln Santa Barbara county, one and one-half miles from the Pacific Coast railroad, four miles from the town of Los Alamos, ana fifty-eight miles north of Santa Barbara. It contains 4400 acres of fertile land, and for dairy industries at d mixed farming and fruit growing it stands without a peer in the whole of Southern California. There is not an acre of poor land ln the entire rancho. seven-eighths of the tract being sandy loam soli, of great depth and fertility, the balance light adobe, which Is easily worked. Cattle, hogs and sheep were seen by the writer (during two days' thorough investigation of the rancho) feeding contentedly on the dried alfilerla, clover and bunch grass, In th? valleys and on the hills, even at the high est elevations. And this during the drv est month of the year, October, where no rain has fallen for oveT six months. The land Is naturally moist, as demon strated ln the fact that on the summit of the highest hills moist earth is reached by digging down a few Inches from the surface. Springs of pure, sparkling water are found at many places on the rancho, and a never-fall ing cienaga (or lake of water) extends for a mile ln the vicinity of the ranch house. This property was formerly owned by a native Castlllan, who de rived a handsome revenue therefrom each year, and It Is now one of the best paying tracts of land owned 1 by the Pa cific Land company. Well water Is ob tained at a depth of twenty-five feet In the valleys, but as the land is naturally moist, no Irrigation is required. Should It be necessary to pipe water to any par: of the tract, however, a plentiful supply can be obtained by pumping from th» clenega to a reservoir on an adjoining hill, which will give sufficient pressure to reach most of the tract. The same reservoir will supply the proposed' town site, situated near the ranch house, a most delightful location, near a natural park of sloping and Mil land, dotted here and there with magnificent live oaks. It Is proposed to construct a branch cf the Pacific Coast railway a distance of one and a half miles from the main line to the town site. The latter will contain (Including the clenega and park as com mon property of the colony) 400 acres, Tho remaining 4000 acres will be sud dlvlded Into 100 tracts of 40 acres each. The purchaser of each 40-acre tract will be entitled, to a one-acre lot in the town for residence purposes- Anyone desiring two or more forty acre tracts for dairy purposes, raising choice dairy stock or for mixed farming will have that privilege. Forty acres. Is. however, sufficient for fruit purposes only, as every variety of deciduous fruits, berries and nuts will grow to per fection In this fertile soil and excellent climate. About 2500 acres of the rancho Is cultivated land: the balance can he cleared of the oak timber and consid erable money realized from the wood, as there Is always a good demand for It. San Francisco and Los Angeles, the principal cities of the Pacific coast, are easily reached by rail and water, hence the proposed colony Is assured of two good markets for Its products. There is a large deposit of bituminous lime rock ln the vicinity, with which material many of the leading streets of Los Angeles are paved. This will be of rr»st advantage for streets and sidewalks In the proofed town and for roads through the colony. Those who desire to purchase tracts in the colony and have their land set to fruit trees, almonds, walnuts, etc.. that require several years to come Into bear ing, nnd not occupy the same until on c oavlng basis, will be accommodated, others who desire to ta.ke Immediate possession of their land can make n good living from the start by raising alfalfa, vegetables, pou'try, hogs and keeping a few cows. Even a few acres set out to fruit trees or nuts can be made tempo rarily profitable by raisins vegetables between tbe trees —a common custom in Southern California. The Pacific Land company, owners of the rancho, offer the entire tract to a Welsh colony, or reliable representatives, for $12.50 per acre, the offer to hold good for three months only from Nov. Bth. This is a magnificent opportunity of securing a superb tract of land for one-tljird the price of sub-divided lands surrounding the rancho. The terms are one-fourth cash, balance annual payments drawing 8 per cent interest. For further partic ulars address Pacific Land company, San Luis Obispo, Cal. CLIMATE The climate of San Luis Obispo county and north Santa Barbara county nat urally varies in so great an expanse, and Where the topographical conditions are so diversified. Along the northern coast the summer trarit winds blow with more or less regularity and drift tn heavy foga, the delight of the dairy men and farmers, who inhabit that sec tion and who depend thereon for their luscious grasses and crops of corn, beans, etc. This feature decreases as the south ern boundary of this section Is reached, while eastward from the coast (over successive ranges of hills) winds and fogs are intercepted more and more until in th Interior the ocean breeze never penetrates, making the summers warm er and the winters colder. Heavy frosts, however, are very rare ln this section, and oppressively hot weather is almost equally unknown. Nowhere in the cen tral coast region of the state can be had mora bright and beautiful days than here, and the robust appearance of tbe people in different parts of these coun ties visited by the writer attests the healthful nature of the climate. A MENNONITE COLONY. The advance guard of a large Mennon- Ite colony from Nebraska arrived ln San Luis Obispo county a few days ago. They are Russian "Quakers," and a very de sirable class of settlers. There were twenty-two ln the party and they brought with them three carloads of household goods; also chickens, geese, turkeys, hogs, etc., and even corn for feed and seed purposes. They settled on the Godfrey and Estrella ranchos, land purchased from the Pacific Land company. OBJECT LESSONS. The writer spent a week in San Luis Obispo county and the northern part of Santa Barbara county looking over the country for the purpose of presenting to readers of The Herald some observa tions on the character of the soil, its pro ducts and water facilities. The El Chorro Homestead tract, six miles northwest of the city of San Luis Obispo, was on $ of ihe many large ranch ua visited, and it is a fa-ir sample of the many splendid ranchos to be found ln this section. The soil Is sandy loam of great depth and fertility. Water abounds in streams and creeks all over the rancho and even oozes out of small gullies on the sides of the many hills. All grain.-, grasses and vegetables thrive on this rancho and a large acreage of flax (a coming great product of this section) is grown at a good profit every year. Dairy enterprises will doubtless predominate eventually on this, like many other ranchos of these two counties, for Dame Nature has ordained It to be so. The San Luis Obispo county creamery, situated Just beyond the rancho, is an other object lesson, for immense quan tities of fresh and firkin butter are made here, and the writer was amazed to learn that all the fresh butter is shipped at present to Los Angeles. Arroyo Urunde and Los Berros well represent the fruit and v»getable Inter ests of this section. Such apples! De lightfully sweet, and the trees actually propped up in many orchards to pre vent the limbs from breaking down un der the Immense load of fruit. The pumpkins, melons and squashes were a sight to behold; also the onions and many other small vegetables/ PASO BOBLES. Visitors to San Luis Obispo county I should visit this charming town and its ! far-famed, medical springs. The Hotel Paso Roblea Is a superb and commodious hostelry that canot fail to please the most fastidious. The productions of this district are well represented ln the exhibit seen at A. R. Booth's real estate headquarters. ] • Among them is corn twelve feet high, a watermelon sixty-four pounds in weight, Bartlett pears, apricots, prunes, nectar j ines, grapes, all varieties ot almonds, | 7S. R. BOOTH Real Estate and Investment Broker PASO ROBLES, CAL. Cheap Farming Lands a Specialty As a sample, I offer 12,000 acres 14 miles from town, 4000 under cultivation, fenced and cross fenced, 2 sets fine build ings, $7.00 per acre, a Fine Colony Tract. Several farms 160 to 320 acres, improved, at flO to (20 per acre. Come and take a ride with me If you have cash to Invest while lands are cheap. B. W. Bartels & Co. T **"-"»» General Commission Merchants • Wholesale Dealers in Poultry, Eggs, Butter • I I Foreign and Domestic Cheese, Salt and Dried Fish, Olives, Beans, Potatoes, On ions, Green and Dried Fruits, Honey, etc. „ , . 125*127 S. Los Angeles St., Consignments 0 Solicited Loa Angeles, Cal. First-Class vJ Headquarters Accommodations " J for for Tourists jgg Commercial Men. L. LCOTPOG. CHL 7\ CD Large, Airy Sj> White Help Rooms and 1 > Exclusively. Cuisine I—l All Stages Unsurpassed. Cail at Hotel R 17 I English walnuts, Ufa, fisnlefl ef dtf ! ferent varieties, and olives, fll grow* ! without irrigation and en rolOag lands. I Mr. Booth Is the pioneer rflb estate ; broker and is thoroughly rellafie. HOTEL MASCAREI. —SANTA BAR BARA. Visitors to Santa Barbara will And the ' above hotel first-class in every reapeet and centrally located. The genial pre -1 prletor, W. S. Low. is well supported ST j experienced and courteous clerks, i J. MILLS UAViZo.