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Las Vegas, Nevada, where farming pays : the artesian belt of semi-tropic Nevada
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__ 9__ long, 30 miles across at its greatest breadth, and contains upwards of 700 square miles. In the heart of the Valley are more than 200,000 acres of fertile land. An even larger area of '"bench land," along the foot of the mountain slopes, is admirably adapted to the growing of fruit. Until six years ago only a fraction of one per cent of this immense area was available for agricultural purposes. The rest was not only without water, but without any known, source of supply. Then an artesian flow was secured in a test well about two miles from the city. Other successful wells followed in rapid succession, and the value of Las Vegas Valley land was established beyond a doubt. There are now in the neighborhood of one hundred artesian wells in the Valley, producing, all told, from 1,500 to 2,000 miners' inches of water — enough to irrigate from 2,000 to 8,000 acres of land. Four of these wells, on the farms of E. A, Wixson, J. F. Miller, James Passno, and F. W. Eglinton, have flows of about 100 miners' inches apiece. A dozen or more produce flows of from 25 to 60 miners' inches. The others measure from three to 20 inches. This only the beginning. By the time this booklet is printed and distributed more wells will have been developed. Las Vegas artc-sian water is as pure and sweet as any water in the world, without a trace of unpleasant or injurious minerals. A COUNTRY THAT IS ALWAYS "LETTING OUT ITS BELT." The artesian belt is known to be fourteen or fifteen miles long, and three to five miles wide, and these limits are being constantly extended into hitherto unproved territory.

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