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- Las Vegas, Nevada, where farming pays : the artesian belt of semi-tropic Nevada
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- — 22 — EARLY FRUIT AND VEGETABLES. Las Vegas is most favorably situated for shipments of early fruit and vegetables. Owing to the absence of fog these are in the market as early as the California product, in some cases earlier, and the shipping dis-tance is reduced 300 to 500 miles. For this reason Las Vegas will be able to ship tender and highly perishable vegetables and fruit to markets which California cannot reach at all owing to loss in transit. An action is now pending before the Interstate Commerce Commission to secure "terminal rates" for Las Vegas, giving this section a reduction in the cost of freight shipments such as was granted Spokane and other intermountain points. THERE WILL BE NO WASTED SURPLUS. Funds are now in sight for the erection of a cannery as soon as the young fruit trees set out during 1912 and 1913 come into bearing. This will provide an outlet for any surplus of fruit and vegetables remaining after shipment, and will effect a saving of thousands of dollars annually for the fruit growers and truck gardeners of the Valley. TRANSPORTATION FACILITIES. The San Pedro, Los Angeles & Salt Lake Railroad passes directly through the Las Vegas Valley, running Northeast and Southwest, and affording direct connection with Salt Lake City and Los Angeles, with three elegantly equipped passenger trains daily each way. The Las Vegas & Tonopah, with daily train service, running from Las Vegas to Goldfield, and connecting there with through trains for Reno and San Francisco, via the T. & G. and the S. P., bisects the Valley from Northwest to Southeast.
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