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Volume I.
Spivey & Holmes Eros.,
Lumber, Hardware
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implements, UJogoiis, Ac.
Feed, A.c.
C. M. MORRISON. Manager.
From the Gunlen City Sentinel, July 29th.
Yesterday Mr. I. It. Holmes was
congratulated by many friends in
the passage by the Senate of the bill
jto establish a United States land of
| ficc at Lamar. The dispatch indi
i cated that the house would take
'action at once in the matter,and par-
I ties who had property interests in !
that booming city awaited with great i
eagerness the news from Washing- j
ton yesterday afternoon. It was
nearly 5 o’clock when the long look
ed for news came announcing that;
the bill had been called up before •
the house and passed.
The creating of a United States I
land office at Lamar cuts no small
figure in the value of property in that
town. There are millions of acres i
«»f government land in that vicinity j
that will be entered by actual settlers
within the next few months and a
government land office at that point
is a necessity. Lamar is certainly
a fortunate town. It was started
with bright prospects and has held
its own from the first day, and was
finally crowned by the success of
yesterday in the house of Represen
tatives, at Washington.
From now on business will increase
in this new city, stores and dwell
ings will go up even faster than they
did befoie. All this reminds us that
there are waysin town building which
lead to success, and there are also
ways which are unsuccessful. Lamar
started out with a good location to
begin with, and an abundance of the
best agricultural land in eastern
Colorado surrounding ii; with a sys
tem of irrigating ditches to develop
the country, already building, with
the advantage of ’being a central
point in a vast expanse of country
that needed large stocks of goods to
supply a demand already existing.
The plan to lay out a city at that
point was well conceived and brill
iantly carried out. As a successful
town in the west, this fledgling of
the plains will stand at the head for
many a day to come. It was not
started to secure a land office, hut
this was one of a number of impor
tant things that were to be drawn to
a common centre ami which in ag
gregate were to make a place of im
' Lamar presents to-day to the pass
er by a very attractive’ appearance.
It is only a few weeks old, and yet
it bas large business blocks filled
with heavy stocks of goods and a
large and constantly increasing trade.
There are beautiful homes dotting
the townsite and the place wears a
general air of thrift, business civid
/.ation and all the appliances that go
to make up a city of the better class.
Nature has been profuse in supply
ing beautiful groves of trees, with
undulating surfaces of ground and
beautiful scenery.
There lias been much said of La
mar and the almost universal opin
ion has been in its favor.
Probably the most distinguished
•nan and journalist that lias visited
the place is Orange Judd, a man who
has seen more of the country than
auy other traveler, a man who has
made closer observations and whose
opinions and judgment are above all
others in regard to locality and
The following appears in the Prai
rie Farmer: Lamar, Bent county,
Colorado, is one of acore* of new
towns, or cities, springing tip sud
denly in tlie rapidly developing west.
Where we now- write, near the south
bank of the Arkansas. river, tliirtv
one miles from the cut tin* of Colo
rado, only five short woak* ago there
was not a sign of huotan habitation
in sight, save a singla log Building
down by the cottouiMad bait that
fringes the stream, fhaaa the river
southward, a desert looking plain, |
partially covered w ith the abort buf
falo grass, extended op a gentle in
cline, two or three milW Hie land I
was mainly o|>eii to preemption, and
homesteading To-day then are five
and twenty building*? completed or
nearly ao, many oilier* are begun,
and active prapat atioa* are leaking
to erect a large number move. Tens
of thnaeands of dollar* ward* of lots
have been eold, *4OO. to MOO and
upward, being paid for a plat with a
25-foot frontage on the principal
streets. A large Jot«1 will w rea»ly
for occupancy in a week or so, and
other smaller ones are running.
Here, for example ,is a spacious hard
ware store, full of goods, and several
other stores are doing a lively trade.
The depot building, tank etc., were
moved here between two suns, from
the old Blackwell station, three miles
east on the A. T. &S. F. railway.
The land on all sides is held at a
premium of *SOO to SIOOO per quar
ter section, wnieh the owners “med”
upon within a month, Twenty-five
toot lots in town are jumping np a
hundred dollars a day. Is this a!
legitimate speculation? Quite proba- j
bly it is, as an irrigating canal is \
begun some 15 miles west, and sev
eral miles are already completed.
This is to carry water along the sum- j
mit of the ’’divide” on the south,
from which all the land down to the
river and a wide belt on the southern |
slope, will be supplied with water,
changing it from aridity to fertile 1
fields, that will doubtless bear abun- I
dant crops. So, with the agricultu
ral prospects and the large cattle I
business in this region, there seems
to be no reason why there should ,
not be a flourishing village, or city
right here. It is a wonder it was
not thought of before.
The above was written two weeks
ago, since which time the town has
grown beyond all expectations.
There is no question as to the sub- 1
stantial value of property in that new
Colorado wonder. It lies in the
heart of a good country far enough 1
from auy other large city and hav
ing :ill the advantages to make it
great. It will be a second Garden
( itv and this is the judgment of
business who have visited this part
of the country. He who owns prop
erty in Lamar has “old wheat in the
Lucky Lamar Booming—Town Lots
Withdrawn From the Mar
ket.—The Big Card.
From Pueblo Dully Frew*.
Gakde.v City. Kan., July 29.
Perhaux no event since lhe creation
of the land office in Garden City has
created more enthusiasm and gener
al good feeling among the people
here than the reception of a tele
gram from Washington announcing
the establishment of a land office at
Lamar, Colorado. Indeed, it is a
question in my mind who are most
pleased with the result, the people
of eastern Colorado are those of
western Kansas. Certaiu it is that
their interests to a large extent are
identical and akin to each other.
Lucky Lamar! Her much ridiculed
iioiu de plume, the mascot city of
eastern Colorado, was no misnomer
after all, and the sickly country
journals so profuse with their dirt;
slinging can now retire to the shades
1 of congenial oblivion and view from
afar the cit\ as she rears
, her majestic head above all her en
vious rivals.
No town of its age anywhere in
j the great northwest has ever started
, under more favorable auspices, and,
what is more gratifying, everything
| points to a continuous and healthy
prosperity for all time to come. The
vast acieage of the best agricultural
I lands on which the sun ever shone '
[ lying adjacent to the town gives
promise to the citizens that their
homes are located in a self-sustain
ing community, with assurances ot
rapid increase of production as the
country develops under the steady'
care and cultivation of its hardy set
tlers. J '
The creation of a land office at
Lamar means in a few years one of
the most populous counties in the !
state. It means the general cultiva-j
tion of the Arkansas and other val
leys throughout eastern Colorado,
making the whole the Garden spot 1
of the state. It means that Bent |
county in the future will be the great
agricultural county of Colorado, cov-1
ering an area of land larger than
the state of Massachusetts and with
nearly every acre valuable for agri
cultural purposes.
The reception of the news creat
ing a land office at Lamar caused the
town company to withdraw a portion
if not all, its lots from market and
when replaced on sale there will be
added at least 50 per cent on busi
Number 8
ness lots. There are a few lots be
longing to private individuals that
are yet obtainable. But these will
not go begging for purchasers.
Henceforth a succession of booms,
making the town of Lamar “a thing
of beauty and a joy forever,” are an
assured thing. Adios.
Rapid changes are coming -over
our neighboring county of Bent.
Though heretofore recognized as a
leading and almost exclusive stock
raising region, large ditch enter
: pr ises have been projected there
I wi thin a couple of years and atten
tion is directed quite generally to
farming. With the ditches new
| people that knew nothing of the
! range stock business, have come in.
Old time ranchmen are considering
; how they can bring their herds to
| the limits of a pasture, and how to
provide feed to supplement their
abridged ranges The town boom
j ers of western Kansas invaded the
eastern border of the county this
I year. At the same time the older
towns of West Las Animas and La
Junta have been infused with new
energy and are making substantial
growth. Quite recently a local stock
company whs formed at La Junta,
' composed of railroad men, for the
purpose of buying out the original
I owner ot the site and giving the
town a push forward by advertising
its an vantages to the world. Among
the stoc kholders are the names of 0.
( M. Rathburn, A. C. Stiles, Mr. Steen,
I County Commissioner Kerr, Dr. G.
W. Miel, Sam Strauss, Geo. D. Phil
lips, G. A. Gilgore and Homer Al
len, the last two having been desig
nated as agents of the town compa
ny. Among the plans of the com
pany are a new hotel, and the exten
sion of a ditch covering agricultural
lands south of town.—[Pueblo Re
From the La Junta Tribune.
The Brynoldson Bros, lost fifty
sheep in the storm. The water fell
in such torrents that they were
drowned on the open prairie.
Last week's issue of the Bent coun
ty Registek, published at Lamar, is
chuck full of boom for Lamar, sand
wiched with a slice of taffy for Las
Animas. She is to have a bridge,
, water-works, post-office and laud of
fice. “Ask and it shall be given
you; seek, and ye shall find; knock,
and it shall be opened unto you.
There is about thirty thousand
acres of land now under the north
side ditch, the most of which could
be irrigated. If one-fourth of each
quarter section was under cultiva
tion, it would support two huudred
families.' If one-half of this area
was sowed in alfalfa, it would yield
a yearly revenue of *450,000, allow
ing four crops to be cut, with a total
yield of six tons to the acre, and
valuing the hay at *5.00 per ton.
A gentleman just up from Lamar
says the town is booming and the
people are confident that the bill
creating a land office at this place
will become a law before congress
adjourns. It has already passed the
senate, and they have every assur
ance that it will pass the house in a
day or two.—fl’ueblo Chieftain.
The bill passed the house.
, , July 7th, 1888.
Notice Is hereby given that the following
named settler has tiled notice of Ids intention
to make final proof iu support of his claim,
and that said proof will be made before U S
Land Office at Pueblo, Colorado, on August
18th, 1886, via; John A. McDowell, D. S. So. fit
for the X half of 8 E quarter ami X half of
S quarter Sec. 34, Twp. if sof Kanire 48 W.
He names the following witnesses to prove
his continuous residence upoiOiml cultiva
tion of, said land, viz: A. If. Black, W. It. Win-
Kur, and 11. A. Mortis, of Blackwell, Colorado
Grunt Smith, ot Lamar, Colorado.
And you John Williams patty, to D. S.Xo. in
!*65, are hereby specially notified to show’
cause cn or before August 18th, 1888, why said
John A. McDowell should not be allowed to
make proof and payment for said land.
tfM, BAYARD, Register.
~ , . July »th, 1888.
Complaint having been entered at this of
fice by James A. Woodcock against John W.
Dunlap for failure to comply with law tis to
Timber-Culture Entry No. 883, dated April 1.
1886 upon the S L qr Sec.twp. « S Range
4. \X , in Bent county, Colorado, with a view to
the cancellation of said entry; contestant al
leging that said tract of land was never sus
ceptible of a Timber Culture filing for the rea
son that It has a large amount of timber
growing upon it; that «J 0 acres or more of said
section of land had large timber growing up
on It at date of said filing; and now has, and
has had for many years past, the said parties
are hereby summoned to appear at tills office
on the Lth day of August. 1888. at 10 o’clock
a. m.. to respond and furnish testimony con
cerning said alleged failure.
0-8 "’ll. BAYARD. Register.

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