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The Development of a Great
Water System
With Good land and an Abundance of
Water the Possibilities of this
Section Can Hardly be Imagined
Kditor hberle of the Downey Cham
pion, who wa* here recently, tells of
his trip in the following:
After a refreshing night's sleep ye
editor was out of bed at 5:30 o'clock
Thursday morning enjoying the mag
nificent view of mountain and plain.
View of Hcadgatesof Imperial Canal frcm below the Gates, taken at the time of opening, Tuesday, May 15, 1901.
A lofty mountain range in the form of
a mule's shoe encircles this valley in
all directions, except to the southward,
thr valley reaching in that direction
to the Gulf of California, about «><>
miles below the international bound
ary line, 16 miles south of Imperial.
Westward from Imperial the foothills
are 12 or 15 miles distant and north*
ward in the direction of Flowingwell
about 3" miles.
The sun rose bright and clear; no
fog here obscures the morning huh
before us, a broad treeless plain, level
ed and cleared by nature's hand, ready
for the waiting plowman when tb,e
needful water comes. Heyoud the en
circling mountain range in the back
ground, the phantom lakes ami shady
groves of the mirage of yesterday had
vanished at we gated upon the scene
at thisearlv morning hour.
To the southward a solitary buttc
Imperial Press.
ride* from out the plain. Signal Mill
nearer and to the went, complete* tho
enchanting picture of the real. Hut
|f>, a* the nun climb* to the sky the
mirage i* appearing again. Here and
there and all around, a* if by the magic
of a sorcerer's wand, the stately grove*
of rich green tree* and cool water* of
thr phantom lake* lend deeper enchant*
mcut to the scene.
The call to breakfast found im with
sharpened appetite* from our cool
morning's *troll. A splendid break
fast, then all aboard the stage* for the
/('•mile drive planned for the day.
The smooth land that stretches out in
every direction from Imperial changes
as we drive southward to what in de
signated as hummock laud. The soil
loses much of the adobe character of
the land alxnit Imperial. The hum.
mocks are mound* of lighter soil that,
driven liv the winds, have collected
around the oi limps of bushes, covering
nearly all of them completely.
The hummock lands are considered
the best under this irrigation system.
A 12 mile ride brings us to Cameron
lake, a body of fresh water two miles
long and one-half mile wide, depend
ant on the overflow water from the
Colorado river. Fi*h were plentiful
and also thousands of wild fowl.
Here we found a camp of graders that
were preparing to move to another lo
cation along the line of ditch. Six
miles further along we come to Salton
camp, where another large force of
men and teams, using Fresno scrapers,
were at work. At this i>oint, close to
the boundary line, we had a fine view
of the completed canal, 70 feet wide on
the bottom with banks 10orl2 feet in
height. Three and one-half miles
above this point the canal receives the
water turned into the Saltou river 55
"WaUr is King- fare Im Its Kingdom."
mile* above from the big head canaU
near the point where the big dredge
wan at work when we paid our visit
Tuesday. About eight mile* of thin
main canal wa* completed in the direc
tion of Cameron lake, and a hand
somer piece of excavating we have
never seen. Rapid progress wa* be
ing made daily. A steam excavator
will noon be on the ground, which will
greatly sjH»rd th«r work. At this point
a 12 fool lateral canal paralleling and
within a few feet of the main canal,
and another lateral of the name dim
ensions reaching out at right angle*,
will take the water from the big canal
for distribution to the laud. A large
force of men and teams with plow* and
*cra|>ei» were rapidly pushing the
work. C. K. Kockwood, chief engin
eer of the construction company, is
sujKrrtending the work in progress
For several miles the iron monu
ments marking the boundary line bet
ween the United States and Mexico
are visible from the road towards
Cameron lake. Returning towards
Cameron lake we lunched inamesquitc
grove on the Mexican side of the line.
Miss Fcrgusson daughter of Mr. S. W.
Fergussou. and Mrs. Pergutson, wife
of Mr. Fergusson's son, who had over
taken us with their carriage and well
filled lunch baskets, soon had table
cloths spread on the ground and a nice
substantial lunch served thereon.
Kditor J. \V. Jeffries, representing the
I«os Angeles Times, gallantly built
the camp tire and assisted the ladies
to prepare the coffee. The teams were
watered and well fed and allowed a
good noon rest. Resuming our jour
ney, a drive of a few miles brought us
back to Cameron lake, eight milen
further to the west, we stopited a few
minute* at IndianwclU, on the hank*
of NVw river -an adobe house — which
was quite a large hoately when built,
over fifty year* ago, and u*ed as a
Mage station on the Hutterficlri route
from San Diego to Yuma. crossing
the dry bed of New river we continued
our cour*c to Hliic lake. Along New
river i* a dense growth of large and
thrifty mesquite tree*, which yield
large crop* of jinvjuitr beaun, a nour
ishing food for man or beast, and
equal to grain in fattening qualities.
The Indian* gather large quantitie* of
these bean* and sell them to the white*
for horse feed.
Our drive brought v* within four or
five mile* north of Signal Peak, a pic
turesque mountain rising from the
plain and a noted landmark for travel
er*. Illue lake, eight mile* to the
westward of Lake Cameron, i* a fine
body of pure, soft water, covering an
area of several hundred acres, also fed
from the overflow of the Colorado.
Fish and wild fowl are plentiful here.
A rattlesnake, the first reptile we "had
seen on our journey, was lying mo
tionless near the water's edge. Kditor
Williams, of the Whittier Register, a
most consistent and conscientious rep
resentative of that strictly temper
ance city, having a great dislike for
"snakes, in his boots*" or any where
else for that matter, took the driver's
whip and after taking more chances
with the reptile than we would care to
take with such a poor weapon, return
ed to the stage with the rattles for a
trophy of the trip. Hack from/ the
lake a few yards is a tent saloon,
which seems to find enough custom to
make it profitable from the patronage
of travelers and laborers of the Ditch
Company. A band of several hundred
Continued on page 5"
NO. 8.

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