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- Las Vegas, Nevada, where farming pays : the artesian belt of semi-tropic Nevada
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- — 21 — with flattering results. The bolls are large, and the fibre long and fine. LIVESTOCK. With year-round pasturage, phenomenal yields of alfalfa, bumper crops of cereals and other grains, and a practically winterless climate, the Las Vegas Valley offers unparal-leled advantages as a leeding or "finishing" center for BEEF and PORK. DAIRYING, profitable anywhere, would be doubly profitable here, with an immense surrounding territory demanding fresh dairy products and offering no competition. HORSES, now being sent all the way from the Cache Valley, in Utah, to Los Angeles, can be raised here, 400 miles nearer the market, to better advantage. POULTRY, untroubled by their natural enemies, cold weather, heavy dews and parasites, prosper here as they do nowhere else. Without special care or protection hens lay and young chicks are hatched out every month in the Winter. Fowls sell in Las Vegas for $1.00 apiece, eggs for 30 to 65 cents per dozen. MARKETS. There is a good local market in Las Vegas for farm produce of all kinds. Two hundred miles North is the great mining district centering around Goldfield and Tonopah where are gathered ten or twelve thousand people, all of whom must be fed. Las Vegas is the natural source of supply for agricultural products consumed in this district. Smaller camps, all of commercial importance, ten to one hundred miles distant, practically surround the Las Vegas Valley.
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