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The Mercur miner. [volume] (Mercur, Utah) 1895-1913, August 29, 1906, SUPPLEMENT, Image 9

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1 The Agricultural College all
I lave heard of it, Borne have seen
it, and the entire citizenship of
H the state haa indirectly profited
H by and through it, but how many
M are familiar with the fact that in
this school the State of Utah poa-
suses an institution which in the
nj sixteen years of its existence has
made a record for educational ef-
ficiency and general worth that
R places it high among the schools
H of its kind attaining a rank se
ll eoud to none of its age!
How ninny know that at the St.
Louis and Portland Expositions
the work of the students of this in
stitution, in competition with that
from many of the great institu
tions of the country, was giveu
the highest awards gold medals.
How many know that from a
SINGLE small and poorly equip
ped building of sixteen yenrs ago,
I the institution has renched a mag
nitude requiring twenty different
buildings 1
How many know that the farm
and grounds, and entire comple
ment of buildings and equipment,
represents a value conservatively
estimated at about $450,000, and
presents such an appearance that
the beholder, even though he be a
world-wide traveller, is filled
with enthusiastic admiration!
How many know that the Col
lege opened in 1890 with but 22
students, and that in 15 years the
student body increased to more
than 700, exclusive of summer
school students!
How many know that since its
i- - inception this institution has had
and still numbers among its fac
ulty educators of national reputa
tion; that the Agricultural De
partment of the College, especial
ly, has attracted" favorable atten
tion throughout the United
States; that experiments perform
ed there and disseminated
through bulletins have resulted in
j a gain to the farmers of Utah of
hundreds of thousands of dollars;
j and that, through the College,
farming has been raised to the
dignity of a profession ; how
many know these things!
How many know that the stu
dents and graduates of this insti
tution rank with those of higher
educational institutions in other
states, and in many instances
have attained extraordinarily ad
vantageous positions in competi
tion with the world!
How many know that in ita
present location this institution
i resta upon a site possessing a
physical and moral environment
unquestionably beyond compare!
Knowing these things, for each
paragraph is but an incontrovert-
ible fact put interrogatively, how
- many realize that the Agricultural
College, with its present extensive
buildings and grounds, splendid
equipment, magnificent student
t body, strong faculty, and incom-
i parable environment, is in truth
an institution ( f tuoh magnitude
and worth as demand the
' heartiest admiration and warmest
appreciation of the people of
The Agricultural College is all
this, ami more. lb is a school
among schools, one that any rich
and populous state might well be
proud of, one that the farmer and
musses generally in any other
state would guard with jealous
care. It is a school that reflects
the intelligence aul progressive
ness of the people of the state,
and is a strong factor in dispel
ling certain erroneous ideas en
tertained in other states in refer
ence to Utah's purported disbelief
in the education of the masses.
This school is so distinctively
of, by, and for tho mas
ses that its success is in
controvertible proof that Utah
is not unmindful of the ad
vantage and desirability of giving
even the humblest a liberal and
practical education. The Agricul
tural College is a most potent, if
not the greatest, factor in the de
velopment of this state's latent
forces, and at this timo it is a
strong and healthy institution,
possessing the buildings, equip
ment, and working organization
calculated to enable it to do its
most effective work. This is
tho kind of school that en
ters vitally into tho life of
the individual student, into
the ideals of every commun
ity within its reach, and in Utah,
as well as in most other states, it
Is the kind of school that meets
the educational needs oi the pres
ent time.
The College begins its seven
teenth year on September 18th,
and the school has never yet en
tered upon a new year with great
er possibilities for good work, and
for results advantageous to the
young people and the general edu
cational interests of the state. It
is well that the people of the state
should know and realize at this
time the importance and worth of
this institution, and it is the de
sign to present in this and future
supplements facts calculated to
enable tho people to see the insti
tution as it is in all its splendid
magnificence facts calculated to
suggest to them the advisability
and desirability of patronizing
and co-operating with the insti
tution this year and each succeed
ing year.
First, take a general view of the
institution's physical environ
ment. Located on a "bench" or
foothill of the Wasatch range
overlooking the city of Logun aud
the whole of Cache Valley, the
view is inspiring beyond words,
and such an one as is not the por
tion of any other educational in
stitution in the United States. To
the east and but one and a half
miles to the rear of the institu
tion the rugged peaks of the pic
turesque Wasatch range tower in
their magnificent grandeur and
majestic strength to a height of
10,000 feet. To the south fifteen
miles, to the north twenty-five
miles, and to the western range
fifteen miles, stretches that por-
a gigantic checkerboard., Beyond
tho confines of the valley rise
range above range, and as one
gazes upon the wondrous pano
ramn extending fifty miles to the
south and seventy-five miles to
the north, the soul is stirred to
speechless admiration, then to
enthusiastic appreciation. Stu
dents, especially, readily acknowl
edge the ever-present inspiration
of the view and confess its marked
influence in directing the mind to
higher and better thoughts. As nn
incentive to nobler ambitions ami
the desire to compter m the tight
of life, the physical surroundings
Of the College are uucqunled.
Having noted the superb physi
cal environment of tho College,
note its no less perfect moral en-,
vironment, a most vital cousid-l
(ration when it comes to select
ing an educational institution to
which you will send your boy or
girl. Logan is a city of 8,000 in
habitants with not u single houso
of ill repute, and but five saloons,
a condition that compares more
than favorably with that of auy
city of its sizo in the east or west.
The city is romurkubly free from
vice, vicious allurements, or at
tractions calculated to take the
btudent from his work. The city
boasts of ono of the four temples
of tho state, a spacious tabernacle
in the heart of the city, ten ward
meeting houses, three sectarian
churches, aud two other higher in
stitutions' of learning, as well as
a splendid system of city schools.
The citizenship of this city is on
a high moral aud intellectual
plane, and the moving spirits in
the city a business life, the various
schools and tho religious organi
zations, have combined with sym
pathetic councils and officials gen-
incut of those who may be inter
i i'htetl.
I While a first-class physical en
vironment is helpful, and a good
moral er vironment is essential,
both combined will not make a
school it tnkes buildings, equip-
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tion of Cache Valley within easy
view of the College hill. At the
base of the hill, 500 feet below,
nestles Logan City, and to the
south Logan river, a mighty tot
rent, rushes on its way through
tho valley, marked in its course by
luxuriant vegetation, or else ap
pearing in the distance as a great
silver thread. In tho valley ten
towns are easily discernible, and
irrigated and dry farms, each in
their different coloring, appear as
crally to make this a city of high
ideals, a model collcgo town, and
have been singularly successful in
their efforts. Tho city is progres
sive to a marked degree, owning
its own electric light and water
systems, possessing miles of paved
walks, attractive residences and
well-kept properties. At the Col
lege itself there is a dignity, poise
and uplifting influence mid insis
tence upon regularity that has u
most wonderful eflfeot upon the
character. The moral environ
ment of the College is such as sur
rounds but few educational insti
tutions, nnd will unquestionably
commend itself to the good judg
ment, and leaching force to make
auy educational institution worth
while. Go with tho writer to the
base of the Collcgo hill, walk with
him around the well-kept windiug
pathway to the brow of the hill,
and there in u setting of trim
luwns of largo extent, beautiful
hhrubbory, and great ilower beds,
now in all their gorgeous beauty,
note the. magnillceut structure, a
cut of which appears on this page.
This is the main building of tho
Agricultural College. It is built
of white brick and cut stone, is
UG0 feet long and 200 feet deep,
contains 120 rooms, aud was com
pleted three years ago at a total
cost of about $195,000. This
building is devoted to class rooms,
museums, and laboratories for ull
departments other than those of
Mechanic Arts. It also contains
the various olllces, the big chapel,
i with a seating capacity of 1500, a
I spacious library and reading room
tlio dairy department, drill hall,
and gymnasium. Tho building is
a most imposing structure.
To the south of the Maiu Build
ing, with but scarce ten rods be
tween, lies the Mechanic Arts
Building, a likeness of which ap
pears on the following page. This
building was completed during
the recent winter, and replaces
the one of about the same size de
stroyed by fire immediately before
: the oponing of the school last year
1 This is nn artistic building about
250 by 250 feet, and is devoted ex-
' elusively to work along tho dif
ferent linos of carpentry, forging,
' pattern making, foundry work,
carriage building, nnd machine
work in wood nnd metals.
1 To the north of tho Mnin Build
ing lies the Experiment Station R
building, a brick structure 45 by R
35 feet, aud on around the brow
of the hill come the President's R
residence, the residence of the I)i- R
rector of the Experiment Station, H
and finally the Dormitory, a four- R
story brick structure with a set- H
ting that causes it 4o appear to R
marked advantage. R
This entire complement of M
buildings is connected by well -fj
kept drives, aud all are on the H
brow of what is known as College H
Hill, winch curves slightly to the ' H
east. All of 'these buildings face H
the west, overlooking the city and jH
the panorama mentioned above. H
Would not even this extent of H
building inspire one with the ideu H
that there is something real some. H
thing substantial about the iusli- g-H
However, the foregoing build
nigs tire but scarce half the ex- H
tent of he College plant, and we M
now dike a look at the barns, R
viinous experimental buildings, H
oiclianls, and meadows. H
First, note the Conservatory, a
bower of beauty in a building, 90 H
by 25 fuel; the veterinary hos- H
pital, a rfwo-stury structure 18 by M
12 feet. From here we go to the gH
great barns. There are four of gH
these, ull frame aud model in ev- RR
ery respect. These are the delight .H
of the farmers who visit the biV bH
school. They are designed for in- H
structional and scientific experi- -H
menial purposes, of course, and ut -H
the same time are supposed to
prove valuable object lessons to .H
visitors. The H.-rse Baru is CO by .H
CO feet, the Cattle barn 10G by M
104, Sheep burn 91 by 41, aud the -H
flog barn 05 by HI. These build- fl
ings, with their equipment, are gH
wortli something near .$55,000. M
Tho Poultry building, removed .H
but a short distance from the H
bams, is a structure 25 by 2110 bR
feet, and 100 feet on each side is M
devoted to pens. Here are to be .H
found all the standard breeds of H
chickens, and under the experi- bH
mentation of Prof. Drydtn, who H
returns this year nfter n two gH
years' vacution, the experiment- H
ing that has already attracted H
world-wido attention will be con- R
Considering the extent of these -H
farm buildingu, their perfect mo- H
deling, together with tho high M
bred animals which they house, it jH
would certainly appear that no pH
small stress in laid upon the agri- gR
cultural sido of the College. H
But in this respect there arc still H
other things to mention the H
r-rchards and small fruit section
of the farm, covering about ten
acres. The old orchard is indeed H
a thing of beauty, aud a new one R
of beveral hundred trees gives M
groat promise. In close proximity H
are certain .-xpcriniental plats, R
auJ to the east, running almost to jR
the base of the mountains, are the -H
i iudow on which graze the Dior- R
cnphhred cattle and sheep, (Yr- H
tain extensive sections produce R
luxuriant crops of alfalfa, three R

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