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— 8 — farms; because, in consequence, she has a great deal of land and very few farms. THE MIDDLE OF THE MAP, ON THE SUNNY SIDE If there were no other clue to the importance of the Las Vegas Valley, agriculturally and commercially, a glance at the map would be sufficient. Down in the sunny corner of Nevada, half-way between Salt Lake City and Los Angeles, on a main line of transcontinental railroad, bordering on Southern California and Arizona, surrounded on all sides by high mountain ranges which are natural barriers against the snows of the North and the fogs of the Pacific, in the centre of a region, imperial in extent, of untold mineral wealth, its very location is strategic and assures its prosperity. Clark County alone, of which Las Vegas is the County seat, would make a good-sized Eastern State. It has an area of 8,403 square miles, two-thirds of it mountainous, the other third distributed among numerous broad valleys, in which are several hundred thousand acres of fertile soil. THE OTHER FELLOW HAS MADE THE EXPERIMENTS Successful agriculture has been carried on in the Las Vegas Valley for many years. The old Stewart and Kyle ranches near the present townsite, the Wilson and Cottonwood ranches twenty miles west in the foothills of the Charleston Range, the Indian Spring ranch, near the head of the valley forty-two miles distant, were stations on the Overland Trail, which furnished a ready market for all they produced. These old ranches demonstrated the adaptability of Las Vegas soil and climate

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