The Colorado desert, as viewed
from the railroad, is one of the most
forbidding tracts of drifting sand and
worthless landscape to be found in
America. And yet a few miles south
from Old Beach, or Imperial Junction,
is to be found the edge of a vast tract
of as fertile soil as the sun ever
This 'whole desert country lies be
low the sea level, from Indio on the
northwest to the International Boun
dary Line at Calexico, a distance of
about one hundred miles, with a
width of from twenty to thirty miles.
The Southern Pacific Company is
constructing a branch line from Old
Beach to Imperial, a distance of thirty
miles, and cars are to be running to
that town by September 1, 1902.
Imperial is destined to become the
commercial center of the largest irri
gated tract of land under one ir
rigation system to be found in Amer
ica — 500,000 acres in the United
States and 300,000 in Lower Califor
The California Development Com
pany is the owner of this Imperial
Canal System, which takes the water
from the Colorado River, eight miles
below Yuma, just above the boundary
line, takes it through Lower Califor
nia for a distance of about fifty miles,
and then turns it back into the United
States again a few miles east of
Calexico, another new town just start
ed on the boundary line, near Cam
The first water was turned into this
delta country in June, 1901, and with
in a year nearly 10,000 acres had been
placed under cultivation — mostly
planted to barley, wheat and alfalfa.
These crops grew vigorously, some of
the barley yielding from tnree to four
tons of hay to the acre, and would
have yielded seventy-five bushels of
grain had the crop been allowed to
ripen. There is presented on this
page a view of a sample twenty-acre
field of barley, for which the owner
refused $800 before it was ready to
cut as it stood in the field.
About 150,000 acres of the govern
ment land has been taken by settlers
and water rights secured for the
Imperial is a frontier town in char
neSSAQBS SENT TO OR
RBCCIVED PROri ANY PART
OP THE WORLD
acter, but three brick blocks are
already completed and seven or eisht
others are arranged for.
Imperial has a First National Bank,
a church edifice and a weekly news
paper, printed in its own printing of
fice, also a telephone system.
MR. PI,ATH'S BARXEY FIELD NEAR CALEXICO— IMPERIAL SETTLEMENTS.
Go everywhere, study qualities and prices carefully, then come here. If
we can get you to do that some concern loses a customer — we gain one.
Wf* M^Tllif^rtiirP Tents » Awnings, Wagon Covers, Ore Sacks, Duck
YTI ITianuld-llUl L Suits> and Everything in the CANVAS GOODS Line
We claim to be in a position to offer you better value for the same money
or equal value for less money than any other house in our line. : : : : :
TTT^ r^ yyxt a Full and Complete Line of Bedding:, Camp Furniture, Rubber and Leather Boots'
YY C vdl I J and Oiled Clothing, or in fact EVERYTHING IN HUNTING AND SPORTING GOODS
Mail orders promptly attended to.
WM. H. HOEGEE CO.,
138-142 South Main Street. LOS ANGELES. CAL.
TO BRING SUCCESS TO THE DESERT
=— WE CAN SUPPLY. =====
AGENTS FOR IMPORTERS AND JOBBERS OF
BLACK DIAMOND TOOL STEEL HEAVY AND SHELF HARDWARE
GENUINE GEORGES CREEK CUMBERLAND COAL IRRIGATING SUPPLIES
VIKING SYNDICATE PATENT COKE BUILDING MATERIAL
UNION HARDWARE AND METAL CO.
LOS ANGELES, phone, private exchange 92 CALIFORNIA
By means of power obtained from
a fall in the main canal a few miles
from Imperial, an electric light plant
is being installed for Imperial and a
refrigerating plant is being built. A
domestic water system under pres
sure is also being put in and soon Im
perial will be supplied with all the
conveniences and luxuries of older
cities, except that there is no saloon
In Imperial and there never can be
one, for the sale of liquors as a bev
erage is prohibited in the deeds to the
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