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Imperial Press.
Secretary Wood Returns to San
Diego Enthusiastic in Praise
of The Desert
The following extracts are from a
long article published in the San Diego
Union under date of April 15:
Secretary H. P. Wood of the cham
ber of commerce and E. J. Swayne,
who were the representatives of San
Diego on the editorial excursion which
made the trip into the rapidly devel
oping country about the new town of
Imperial, in the eastern part of the
county, returned to the city yesterday
noon, after a most delightful trip on
which they were entertained most
pleasantly by the managers of the Im
perial Land company and the Califor
nia Development company. No party
was ever given a better opportunity to
see what they went to see, and all re
turned well pleased with the trip and
well stored with information regard
ing the country through which they
traveled and which they went to see.
* * * # * *
Secretary Wood was quite enthusias
tic, not only about the trip, but also
about the country seen, and in a casual
talk, which went only partially into
the subject, yesterday afternoon, said:
•'The rapidly developing commerce
of the Pacific ocean and the conse
quent increase in importance of the
states bordering its shores, is again
turning the tide of immigration this
way. Throughout the entire United
States there is an increased desire for
information concerning this land of
the future. During the past two de
cades millions of dollars have been
spent in the development of irrigation
enterprises/reclaiming here and there
areas, great and small, of unproduc
tive soil, affording homes for many
thousands of people, who have found
in this beautiful Southland health,
wealth and happiness.
"The lesson taught by the pioneers
in their intensive system of agriculture
has been well learned. Great is
Southern Crlifornia, but still greater
is the delta of the Colorado, which, in
the eastern part of San Diego county,
alone furnishes a greater area of
arable land than is under all of the
Source of water supply for the Imperial Country
other great water systems combined.
"The great canyon of the Colorado,
one of the most stupendous of nature's
creations, was gradually deepened and
widened through thousands of years
for a purpose. There can be no waste
in the economy of nature; it was not
that man might stand on the brink of
this great chasm to gaze and wonder;
a nobler end was in view. Gradually
the shifting winds wrested from the
arm of the sea, now called the Gulf of
California, the upper portion of the
basin into which have silted the rich
earths of the mountains and plains
traversed by the Colorado, creating a
■principality, the fertility of whose
soil is inexhaustible.
"The minimum flow of the Colorado
river is 14,000 cubic feet per second
with a maximum flow of 75,000 cubic
feet, and a storm flow of 400,000 cubic
feet per second. This minimum flow
alone would furnish water sufficient to
irrigate eight millions of acres. Of
this amount the California Develop
ment company's system includes 600,
000 acres below the line in Mexico, and
500,000 acres in San Diego county.
* * * * #
The work of constructing headgates,
filtering basins and the main canal to
connect the Colorado with the Salton
channel is directly in charge of Mr.
George Chaffey, whose camp is at
Hanlon's heading. This division now
employes some 200 men and about 175
horses. Two large dredgers are at
work, one in the settling basin, the
other in digging out the main canal.
Good and rapid work is being done and
the entire canal will be built by the
time the headgates are ready to let the
water through.
* • * * •
"Water rights for more than one
hundred thousand acres have been
bought, and applications are being
filed daily for more. Farmers are
coming in from less favored districts,
bringing with them their wagons and
horses, for which they immediately
find employment on the line of work
mapped out by the company, receiving
compensation at a fair rate, either on
a cash basis or part cash and part
water stock.
"The town of Imperial, which is sit
uated in about the center of the sec
tion west of the river, now has a good
hotel, a general store, and a printing
office. Lumber is on the ground for
the construction of a church which is
being built entirely at the expense of
NO. 3.
Mr. W. F. Holt, who for several years
past has been successfully engaged in
the banking business in several parts
of Arizona, but who is now withdraw
ing his capital from other points and
investing it, *ir a major portion of it,
in the development and improvement
of the city of Imperial. This gentle
man has recently bought out the store,
which was started by Dr. Heffernan,
and which he proposes to enlarge im
mediately. He is arranging to carry
a stock of between $25,000 and $30,000
in all lines of merchandise. Mr. Holt
is also preparing plans for a $5,000
residence and is now building a tele
phone line from Imperial to Flowing
(The telephone line is now com
pleted.—Ed. )
"With a soil, which is practically in-
exhaustible, and with water which
will be delivered at a very reasonable
cost per acre, there is no doubt what
ever but that a very large immigra
tion will quickly follow the spreading
of the knowledge of the existence of
such a favored locality and it will be
but a very few years before the Salt
river valley around Phoenix will be
duplicated many times over on the
Colorado desert.
"The climate during eight months
of the year is pleasant, and the re
maining four months, though warm,
are not unbearable, for the climate is
so dry that the heat is unobjectionable.
"The increasing price of the beef
stock throughout the entire country
assures a profit to the tiller of the soil
fro;n the very beginning. Six crops
of alfalfa can be raised yearly, and it
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