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15) in P n m 9 E)fo) SBES f Following is from the pen of G. R. Caldwell, staff correspon dent for the Amarillo Daily News: "With added railroads, added business buildings and civic util ities, added citizenship and add ed tributary farming and stock growing development Lubbock is demonstrating anew her nat ural position and progressive inspiration as a coming great commercial center. THE LUBBOCK-TEXICO Cl'T-OKF. Prominent among present Lub bock business signs is one read ing as follows: "Walter H. Denison, General Contractor, Santa Fe Railroad, Lubbock Texico Cut-Off." A railroad which before actual construc tion was commenced upon it has been generally known as the Texico-Coleman Cut-OfT. ( Grading on the Lubbock-Texi- co Cut-Off was commenced the latter part of July from both Lubbock and Texico, the grading outfits working towards each other. By this time next week 25 miles of the grade will be completed out of Lubbock and 10 miles out of Texico, the first of next January seeing the com pletion of the entire 90 mile length of the cut-off. Twenty sub-contractors grad ing outfits are at work, with an aggregation of 300 teams and the employment, all told, of about 350 men.j General Contractor Denison has established here general op erating grading headquarters and a big commisary from which supplies are distributed over the entire length of the line these headquarters having attached a systemized mail receipt and de livery which keeps the head quarter offices in daily and sure touch with all the sub-contract ing outfits and, also, gives to every grading employee all the advantages and opportunities of a daily letter and newspaper mail service. There is. also, a systematized treighting suoplv delivery, while every grading camp is. through a contract with local cattlemen, furnished with fresh beef of toothsome quality every other day. THE TRACK The roadbed foundation will be of white gyp from a local Lubbock quarry the track hav ing 75 pound rails, creosote treated ties and crushed stone ballasting. Actual steel laying is to begin it is said, on January 1, out of both Lubbock and Texico with a track laying machine progress of 1 1-2 or 2 miles per day. The line is a natural trackage building proposition with the ex ception of about ten miles in the Yellow House Canyon and imme diate vicinity where high and heavy embankments will be re quired. CUT-OFF COST Entirely constructed, the Lul-bock-Texico Santa Fe Cut-Otf will cost an average of something over $15,000 per mile, or an ap proximation of on; and one-half million dollars. LUBBOCK VALUES The values of this cut-oft' to Lubbock can scarcely be over estimated, as it will make the j city an inijnjrtant point on the long contemplated and finally achieved gnat Santa Fe trans continental line between the Pacifi'Mfcean and the Gulf of "eVico and will develop for Lub- ' bock biihinorH from Hockley, Railey and Lamb counties - nat urally rich counties which here-j tofi.ro have been without a rail-! road. I I t IlltoCK lUILKoAlt SUM.M UIV ' A at present summed up! Lubbock hits east and west and north and south main line of the great national Santa F railroad system and (h Crosby ton ami South Plains railroad, which I 1m ?! -A -'a h . f L r - . C'N - v , 1 i!&iiiiiiliirl' One of Lubbock's Residence of Mayor II X' 'Mi' -"N J U, 0, Mt'.Vliorter' IrritiHtion well in LublxH'k County 't . . v : i .... . Pretty Residences F. E. Wheelock T ' . -kv.-7" r.-: ' .0 4 n .''0 , M i t . J to be extended thi3 fall to Spur, Dickens county, where it will connect with the Wichita Valley railroad -a general trackaee radius which must eventually build Lublock into one of the metropolitan railroad centers of the wide and naturally rich Southwest. It must, also, be re membered that Lubbock has a fair chance of securing the Acme, Q mnah & Pacific railroad a branch of the widely radiating r risco system. CULTIVATION OF CROPS About twenty-five per cent mote land has been cropped, in the Lublwk country this season than the acreage of last ypar, with heavier general harvest yields per acre rains being fre quent and well distributed. Cotton will return largely.while milo maize Raffia corn, and other feed crops are expected to record a banner output. Illustrative of the harvest adaptabilities and capacities of the county is the experience of a prominent farmer, who during the last seven consecutive sea sons, has averaged 30 bushels ot Indian corn and three-quarters of a bale of cotton per acre, while the fruit growing worth of the region is well exemplified by present exhibition in Lubtxick of a peach tree branch with ten peaches to the cluster. IRRIGATION WKLLS Well pumpage irrigation is con stantly extending its radius, several new wells with a pump aite irrigation of lflO acres going down this fall. The silo as a medium of local feeding and block market meat fattening is being introduced -the county having probably a dozen 180 or 2u0 ton silon in oper ation this fall and winter. lioth watermelons and cantaloupes are prolific in production and excel lent in quality and, if systemati cally handled, would develop a new and profitable county asset. LATE LUBBOCK IMPROVEMENTS late Lubbock improvement include the completion of her ex tended sewerage system and of. her $.'i'.(JX) brick hotel and busi ness block. 1 he hotel itself has 53 second- story rooms, including 50 guest rooms, two sample rooms anJ parlor and on the same floor are three public bath and toilet rooms, while fourteen of the guest rooms are equipped with private baths and toilets. On the ground floor is a spac ious lobby with handsome office; a 25 1-2 by 'J 1-2 foot dining room and a roomv kitchen. The block stands on the corner of two of the prominent business streets of the citv and. in addition to the hotel, contains three mercan tile establishments; abstract and real estate offices: barber shop and the Lubbock postoffice. The entire block is of the latest approved construction and the most modern lighting, heating and plumbing-an up-to-date hotel buildin? fact being that all of the guest rooms are "outsioe rooms." The hotel has been leased by L M. Ralph, an experienced mine host, and will be opened upon the arrival and placing of $5,000 worth of furniture order ed from the II. C. Lankfoni Furniture Co., of Amarillo. Lubbock's public utilities in clude a $55,000 sewerage's.vstem: $20,0io waterworks; a $52,000 electric light and ice plant; a radiating telephone syktm; an excellent steam laundry; metal works and machine chops; auto mobile garages, and Editor Dow of the Lubbock Avalanche. BUILDING COSTS The substantial and impressive character of Lubbock business building can be readily realized from the following costs of some of the structures: The new hotel block, $."H;.iU: the Citizens National Uank. $t',(o0; the First National Hunk. $25,0O; the Lub bwk State liank. $15,000; the I.ul.lxKk Mercantile block, $20, 0oo; and the imssehger depot, $25,000. Further expensive building is stated for this fall contracts Ix ing already let for a $Ji.(oo building by the Radford Wholesale Grocery Company and for a $5,000 brick nsidence ly Attorney Roscoe Wilson, while next year w ill see the erection of a court bom al a cont cf $1n, ooo. The city business portion is ulriudy covered by cement itidew alks and similar walks will bedeeply pushed this fll into P'ttldeiicti sections. Lubbock is a city of splendid schools, pretty churches and hunJtoma homes.