Saturday. July 9, 1910.
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-No matter where we go, whether to the Alleghenies,
where smoke and fog blend with the new mountain tops;
to "Missouri, where the beauty of the corn field fades by
the monotony of the view; across Kansas, where the fields
of golden grain wave in the undisturbed breeze; to Cali
fornia, perfumed with-orange blossoms and wreathed in
flowers, we are not content. When a restful feeling
comes over us and the picture seems complete, we know
we are in the El Paso Yalley. All around us are evidences
of home. There are the alfalfa fields, the cantaloupe fields
and the orchards side by sde. There is no farmer wist
fully gazing at the sky while his crops wither in the sun.
It is such a picture that makes a sojourn in this pictur
esque and beautiful valley so pleasant to the visitor and
the attachment so strong to the citizen. For many years,
f arming had been successfully followed in the valley. TJfre
crops raised in the eaiiy days of farming could be grown
nearly as well elsewhere and there was nothingDut the
possibilities of a developing country to attract Jine farmer
and settler. Experiments in crops other j-han hay and
grain were conducted audit was discovered that almost
everything known to the temperate gone Tjould be pro--
duced and that the abundant yield and excellent quality
were points in favor unknown to any section in the east.
With this discovery alfalfa growing became an industry,
orchards growing apples an&pears unexcelled by any oth
er section of the UnitecTstates, the cantaloupe business
came to life and the enterprising people began to an-
nouncethe.wealth of the El Paso "alley soil and Rio
Grande Valley climate. The people in the valley realize'
that the progress in the next ten years will be greater than
during the last decade. The- know that the abundance
of surplus flood waters that pass down the Rio Grande
will all be detained for service on new lands now unculti
vated by the building and operation of the great Elephant
Butte dam now under construction. The big grants and
farms will be broken up into homes for scores of people.
An electric road will pass through the valley, giving addi
tional transportation facilities. These additional improve
ments are no dream of the future, but are confidently ex
pected. Whether changes of humidity and pulmonary
troubles, fogs and asthma or swamps and malaria drive
one to the El Paso Vallpy or the wealth of the soil or the
opportunities attract him, the climate holds him. There
are a few disagreeable days, but they are so few that they
leave but little impression. The winters are clear, dry and
short, broken by weeks of fine, sunny weather. The El
Paso Yalley has none of the unpleasant consequences at
tending the cold, damp eastern atmosphere. The warm
est days in summer are followed by cool nights and sleep
robs toil of its weariness.
FLAG WAVES- OVER DAMSITE
Purchase Warrant for Elephant Butte Site Arrives
at Socgfo--Engineers Leave to Commence Work."
Tlupstars and stripes, the symbol of government possession, waved
overjtffe Elephant Butte dam site 3Ionday, July 4, 1910. The treasury
warrant ior tihe sum or S200.000. ior the purclnse price or the land,
eaehed Socorro, X. II., Mondav and was filed with the district clerk
of the federal court, W. D. Newcomb. Advices to that effect were re
ceived by W. M. Reed, district engineer of the reclamation service.
Theiuoment the warrant for 200,000 was deposited with the fed
eral court, the reclamation service had a man in possession of the dam
site and the long fought for result had been accomplished.
H. J. Gault, constructing engineer of the reclamation service, has
returned from the region of the upper Rio Grande, where he went to
gather data on the water supply and the source of the Rio Grande.
He will leave for the Elephant Butte site Wednesday with a force of
men to begin preliminary work on the dam. Mr. Gault succeeds engi
neer E, D. Vincent, who resigned to become assistant city engineer
of Ix3 Angeles, Cal. Mr. Gault will have charge of the dam construc
tion work. The work of gathering data in the upper valley will be
continued by service engineers.
Upon the arrival of engineer Gault and his force at the dam site,
work will be immediately begun excavating rock t&at was blasted be
fore tihe work on the dam ceased. Labor needed at present will prob
ably be secured in he vicinity vf the dam.
FACTS ABOUT EL PASO, TEXAS.
El Paso has 35 miles of street ear lines.
. El Paso has 20 miles of Bitulithic paved streets.
El Paso city has an assessed valuation of $30,000,000.
El Paso has eight railroads and a $500,000 union pas
El Paso has 25 mail carriers, and the postoffice re
ceipts last year were $108,000.
El Paso has never had a sunstroke, a panic, or a strike
that tied up any industry.
El Paso is one of the most important ports of entry
and export in the United States. '
El Paso has the best lighted business district of any
city in Texas; see for yourself tonight.
El Paso railroads handled 600,000 cars in the local
yards last year and their payrolls aggregated $3,000,000.
El Paso will invest $2,500,000 in new buildings this
year and invest $2,500,000 more in improvements and in
El Paso has eight banks, five national and three state,
with a combined capital of over $2,000,000 and deposits of
El Paso has $600,000 invested in school buildings and
grounds, and $25,000 in manual training and domestic
El Paso is the center of a tract of 225,000 acres of land
that will be irrigated by a $10,000,000 clam which the gov
ernment is now building.
El Paso has three steam fire engines, dive combination
hose and chemical wagons, one automobile combination
wagon, and extension ladder truck.
A great many people here sought this climate for
health benefit. Many have become strong, others have
found relief and few have come too late to receive bene
fits. There are no radical changes and the bright sunny
sky, the tempered smnmer atmosphere, the short, mod
erate winter, the dry, pure, bracing air, has done more for
man7- sufferers than all the medicine they could have
taken under former conditions.
Very few realize the revolutionary force of water to
the absolute conquest of the soil. Where irrigation is "un
known it is thought of as rain or no rain. "Do you think
it will rain?" is not a common form of salutation in this
country. The irrigation farmer in this valley not only
controls the time and place for a wetting, but regulates the
amount, and a coat of fertilizer is applied by each irriga
tion depositing the rich sediment carried by the water to
the soil. The variety of crops grown in the El Paso Yalley
is wonderful. We have our cantaloupe men, potato men,
asparagus men, those who make a specialty of onions, cel
ery, pears, apples, peaches and other crops. For the man
who wants to do his own work and make an 'easy living,
the small farm of 10 acres furnishes a good opportunity.
One man can farm 10 acres and have plenty of time to en
joy the Kio Grande climate. "With an acre of small fruits,
two or three acres of cantaloupes, a garden, a chicken yard,
a few stands of bees, a small patch of alfalfa for his horse,
cow and pigs, even an invalid can find health, profit and
recreation upon a 10-acre tract. Eor the -able bodied man
who wants more than an easy, comfortable living, who
wishes to lay up some money and yet do all his own work,
the 20-acre tract is the best sized farm. Conservatism is
a characteristic of the farmer in the east, but here in the
El Paso Yalley, where the results are practically sure,
where the farmer knows the character of his soil, and
where he in a measure controls the weather and where his
crop can be sold before it is planted, speculation is com
mon. In this valley the man can calculate his crop as ac
curately as he can estimate the cost of his house, the un
known quantity being energy. If the energy is known
calculations can be known to a certainty. He knows what
his alfalfa will bring, Ins fruit and cantaloupes. Fruit
raising in the valley is verr profitable when properly car
ried on. The raising of fine fruits is a very particular
business, but those who have taken pains and given the
work needful attention have found it a very pleasant and
Land has gradually increased in price since the valley
began to developr fltaries in value from $40 an acre to
$100 an acre. Landsno more productive than these valley
lands sell from $400 tor$1000 an acre in California irrigated
districts. Land is. bound to increase in value as it is
brought up to its full possibilities. This valley is detsined
to be oneJf :tfie .great garden spots of the United States
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eneral Information About EI Paso and the El Pa&Siiflley by
Writing to Any of the Following :
AUSTIN & MAES, Gaples Bldg., SI Paso, Texas.
WM. MOELLER, Herald Bldg., El Paso, Texas.
A. P. COLES & BROS., 204 N. Oregon St., El Paso, Texas.
HATTON REALTY CO., City Natl. Bank Building, El
NEWMAN INVESTMENT CO., 226 Mesa Ave., El Paso,
FELIX MARTINEZ, 14 Plaza Block, El Paso, Texas.
LONE STAR LAND CO., 213 Texas St., El Paso, Texas.
MATHEWS & DYER, 117 N. Stanton St., El Paso, Texas.
PENCE BROS., 217 Texas St., El Paso, Texas.
ANDERSON-BENNETT REALTY CO., 2,7-28 Bassett-
Edwards Block, El Paso, Texas.
D. a. HEINEMAN, 207 Mills St., El Paso, Texas.
H. L. HOWELL, Herald Building, El Paso, Texas.
MAPLE & CO., 209 Mesa Ave., El Paso, Texas.
LATTA & HAPPER, 207 Mesa Ave., El Paso, Texas.
J. R. FISK, Trust Bldg., El Paso, Texas.
CASS3DY & DAVIDSON, 211 Mills St., El Paso, Texas.
jBUCHOZ & SCHUSTER, Caples Bldg., El Paso, Texas.
ff O&EPHUS BOGGS, 15 Morgan Buldg., El Paso, Texas.
M. C. BAILEY LAND CO., Orndorff Bldg., 306 Mesa Ave.,
p El Paso, Texas.
"LOOMIS BROS., 202 Texas St., El Paso, Texas.
PETERMAN & LANSDEN REALTY CO., Ysleta, Texas.
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