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Las Vegas, Nevada, where farming pays : the artesian belt of semi-tropic Nevada
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-- 8 -- 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. Of the County's 5,000 inhabitants, 2,000, more than a third, live in Las Vegas. 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 furnis.hed a ready market for all they produced. These old ranches demonstrated the adaptability of Las Vegas soil and climate to everything; grown in the temperate and subtropical portions of the United States, excepting the citrus fruits. The grapes and the wine produced on the Kyle ranch were known from Salt Lake to San Bernardino. There is even a well-authenticated tradition that land adjacent to Las Vegas Creek was culti-vated by the Indians before the coming of the white man. The farmer in the LAS VEGAS VALLEY is not making an experiment. He has fifty years of success from which to pattern his own efforts. WATER RUNS UP HILL IN LAS VEGAS The Valley itself is pear-shaped, 75 miles

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