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JasiOfc Doors, Crockery, /
rare. Hats à Cape. Boots a Shoes. Drugs,
o r r
faints, Oils and
'took is Always Clean and Com
plete. We Would Respectfully Invite an Examination of !
Our Stock, Believing All Can Be Satisfied That it is to Their Interest to Make Purchase Here.
Cottonwootl, Idaho.
The Bank of Camas Prairie
Orangeville, Idalio.
\V. w. BROWN,
The Only Incorporated.Bank in Idaho County.
CAPITAL STOCK, (Fully Faid), - -
Vice President.
Interest Allowed on Time Deposits. Money to Lour on Long or Short Time. Exchange Bought
And Sold. A General Banking Business Transacted. The Patronege of the
People of Idaho County is Respectfully Solicited.
Keuterville Shingle Mill,
' R. M. POWELL, Proprietor,
Keeps Constantly on Hand First
J and Second-class Shingles.
Shingle Yard with Wax & Gold
stone, at Cottonwood,
Special Prices to Contractors.
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l i Miles West of KëutèrviMe.
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The Traveling Public, and Transient GtieSts ot
This Hotel. The Comfort and ÔonVeni
In the Management of .this
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Good T
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"Good Treatn
Its Location, Towns and
The great Camas Prairie, in
Idaho county, Idaho, occupies a
space lætween the Salmon and
Clearwater rivers, the Nez Perce
reservation and about the 6th
standard parallel, having an area
of 640,000 acres, and is undoubt
edly one of the richest and most
productive portions of Idaho.
Its soil yields annually an abun
dant harvest of cereals, and fruits
of the Hardier varieties grow to
perfection. Timothy is of natur
al growth, and when once, set,
never runs out; yielding from
one to four tons to the acre annu
ally. Fields that have thus
been sown for years give as much
yield per acre as newly sown
Along the low bars of the Sal
mon and Clearwater rivers are
grown unlimited supplies of ap
ricots, peaches and grapes, as
well as the hardier varieties of
fruits. The altitude of these
rivers being about 1000 feet less
than that of Camas Prairie, gives
to the orchards, gardens and
vineyards along their margins ja
market several weeks in advance
of the Prairie,
The farm lands of the Camas
Prairie are black loam, similar
to the Potlatch and Palouse
The climate, topographical
and geological features of the two
regions are Identical, being only
marked by the grenzt dividing
boundary of the Clearwater riv
er. The Camas Prairie, however,
is more - »level and more easily
farmed than either the Potlatch
or PflloUne countries and with
proper cultivation yields fully as
well. The prices of land in the
Potlatch and Palouse countries
vary from $2o to $75 per acre,
while equally good land on Cam
as Prairie sells at from $10 to $20
per a ä re.
The only advantage either of
the above regions have over Cam
as Prairie is their superior rail
road facilities. Several surveys
have been made by both the Un
ion arid Northern Pacific compa
nies and excellent rout«« have
been secured by both lines to the
Prairie, so that it is but a ques
tion of time .when the people of
Camas Prairie will stand on foot
ing equal to their more fortunate
Immediately north andin fact
occupying a portion of the Prai
rie, is the the Nez Perce reserva
tion. This valuable tract of
land hue no bettfer part than that
I south of Clearwater fiver and
adjoining the Prairie. This res
vation w'll, beyond doubt, soon
open to settlers when
£res of'valuable
from the mines and stock, but
to-day has been forced to step
back for its more fortunate sis
ter, Orangeville.
Orangeville, situate within two
miles of Mount Idaho, (the off
spring of that town, in years
gone by,) like brother Jona-inur,
started out for herself and with
in two miles of the county seat,
started what, in the past j T ear,
has proven "a near userper to
the thrown itself." Orangeville
now is the largest town of the
Prairie and almost all business
enterprises are fully represented.
Denver, situate about, the cen
ter of the Prairie, eight miles
from Orangeville* was born in
1892 and has grown rapidly con
sidering the difficulties she has
had to overcome, both natural
and artificial; and to-day is
numbered as one of the towns
of Camas Prairie.
Cottonwood is one of the old
est points on the Prairie and is
situated on its north edge, on the
only stage and wagon road to the
Prairie. In the past she has
been the resting point for all
teams going to Denver, Orange
ville, Mount Idaho arid the mines,
and has always been admitted
as occupying the "Golden Gate"
to the Prairie. Situate on the
Cottonwood creek, she not only
has an abundance of excellent
water, but In the main street of
the town is a spring from which
stock has been watered for years
even in the driest season. Near
ly all lumber, wood and the like
are hauled from the immediate
vicinity of the town to the other
towns and the entire Prairie, all
such by necessity passing through
the main street of the town.
North of the town lies the great
reservation which some day is
destined to place Cottonwood in
center of a wonderfully produc
tive country. When this reserva
tion is opened for settlement no
town offers a better headquarters
for intending settlers than Cot
tonwood—both for supplies and
the easy reach of all the lest
lands. Timber is abundant and
is within two miles of the town.
Six saw mills partially supply
the demand for lumber, which is
of better grade than is generally
found ut the mills of the Palouse
and Potlatch countries. Rough
lumber costs $10 per thousand
at the mills and is easily hauled
from all sites.
In the past almost tile entire
attention of the settler was given
to the raising of stock, and large
bands of horses, cattle, sheep and
hogs avfe ahntially shipped from
this Prairie. The hay and grain
raised is fed to cattle and they
in turn driven to market. Al
most all Bogs, Cattle, sheep and
horses sold from the Prairie are
driven to Cottonwood arid there
sold to middlemen who derive
their profit by driving to Lewis
ton, Dayton, Moscow and Walla
Cottonwood has, in the past;
retarded in growth for the
lie inability of the
any guarantee
town of Cottonwood, to live en-*
ergetic men, who can and will
establish any of the following
branches of business in the town.
We believe them good invest^
ments for reasons given
V sneh end door factor we bo
Av-vc offer.-.ed -m mvcstpienf
for capital as can be found on
the Prairie. At this date all
sash, doors and mouldings ar»
hauled by teams from Lewiston
50 miles distant, through Cot
tonwood to Grange villa Done .
aau Mount luMio.. D . mai mly
hack of tho town within a radius
of six miles are as many saw and
shingle mills, from which lUm*
her can Ite delivered at $12 per
thousand. These mills can but
partially supply the demande ci
the trade in rustic, flooring, ship*
lap and the like. A mill estab*
lished at Cottonwood could not
only supply the entire Prairie,
but all towns on the Prairie,
without the least fear of ever lös*
ing its territory. Dressed lum*
her sells readily at from $25 td
$27.50 per thousand at the mills.
This investment would involve a
capital from $4,000 upwards.
An excellCht opening présenta
itself for a bank in Cottonwood,
for the reasons, that cash can be
delivered at Cottonwood cheaper
than any other point on thê
Prairie; that a large proportion
of the farmers having deposits
would place saine in Cottonwood
as all their stock and the like aré
generally sold within the limité
of the town ; that large qüanti 1
ties of gold dust from the mined
are annually purchased by out
business men in the town, and
yet larger quantities would hfl
delivered here If cash btiyBrë
could he found; that when thë
Nez Perce reservation is opened
for settlement a large portion of
the intending settlers' and alsd
Indians' money Will be tributary
to Cottonwood,
A fine opening al8o pteëentë
itself for a firBt-class flouring
mill. An excellent Site ih offered
to su*'li an enterprise and thoré
is no mill between Orangeville,
18 miles distant, and Lewiston,
50 miles distant. Resides thië,
hut little capital need be invested
in wheat, as a mill will be kept
busy upoti Whèat brought in OH
Excellent opportunities aré
presented Id nëaflÿ all branched
of business.
Collecting Relies.
It is the desire of Commission
er Wells to hake for the Worlds
Fair all the historical relies that
can he obtained for this purpose,
People Who have In their posses 5
sion any mementoes; heirlooms,;
or keepsakes of the early days, or
know of any suth lb the State,
would do well to send them td
the commissioner at Bo is*- Oily,
or Communicate with him In re
gard to them. Any articles loan*
ed the Commissioner will bd
preserved anfl returned at thd
end of thè exposition: There
arc many things in the State il
lustrative of pioneer life in Idaho
while familiarity ffiay make
them seem little noticed by oirf
own people, yet these Very Objects
will bé of greatest interest tb the'
visitors of the fair. Anything
that Will attract favorable atten
tion to our state at the fair will
halve kneficial résulté; Càrios :
fany kind will bé great
~ " placed in the*

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