Gila and Colorado rivers. The Arizona Sentinel (Yuma, Arizona) 15 Mar 1905, Wed Page 1
G0L0BA0Q and GILA VALLEYS In the valleys of the Colorado ard. Gila rivers there isrocln for thousands. It is not too much to say that nowhere within the limits.of this broad union can be found a more desirable region region for the making of a home. No laborouis clearing of the land is required; it lies almost ready lor the plow. Trees and shrubbery have so rapid a growth that within eighteen liionchs the immigrant can surround his -abode with attractions attractions which would require years to mature in less favored climates. Fruits ripen and are ready for the market a full month before the California products. The bright sunshine makes life a luxury, and the pure dry atmosphere atmosphere brings health to ali who inhale it. For the establishment of colonies, such as are made in Southern California. Arizona presents unrivaled unrivaled opportunities. Thousands of acres now profitless can be madu productive bv the construction construction of irrigating ditches, and there is no investment which assures larger and more permanent permanent return. The stnteincitts In this article onYuma county are not exaggerated j in fact they fall short of doing justice to this -wonderful bit of country Pineapples, dates, almonds and walnuts will do well. Strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, currents, gooseberries and all varieties of small fruits car. be successfully cultivated. Indeed. Indeed. Yuma county is not only the natural home of the citrus and seraitropical fruits, as almost every fruit, nut.plant. grain, grass, o' vegetable which Can be produced in either tropic of the temperate zones will thrive in the rich and fertile soils. With the bright prospects- ahead of the town of Yf nmri and. Yuma county there can be no better better investment for capital seeking large and remunerative remunerative returns than is afforded here. With a matchless climate, where all forms of disease disease known to the damft and vigorous regions of tijo east and north are unkuown( where the bright sunshine kisse' into bloom and fragrance fragrance every form of vegetation, and where the clear days and cool balmy night are one long continued poem of happiness and deliglit, w-can w-can offer to 'capitalists an ideal Held for investment investment and to homcseekors a veritable paradfsu in which to settle. The soil of these valleys is among the richest ; on the continent. It is f oned of the detritus ' which the strestms for ager ha've brought down from yieir mountain homes In their journey to the sea. By constant overflows and change of channel, the deposit of th's rich vegetable matter has formed a soil of extreme fertility" Near the streams it is a dark alluvial mold, well adapted to small grains and grasses. Far-" , thcr back there" is a rich sandy loam, mellow and porous, and especially favorable for fruit culture. It has "been already demonstrated that the productive eappeity of thesffvalleys is not surpassed by lands of" equal area in ' any part of the United States. So rapid and prolific prolific is the growth of the'fruits, cereals and veg- : ct.ibles that the Iftbor of the cultivator is reduced reduced to the minimum, In nearly all of tftcrft two crops a year can- be grown, and vegetation is-one is-one month head" of California. The frfrmtfr plants a cottonwood sapling before his 'door', ; and within thp .vcarhafcas a shade tree twenty-five twenty-five feet high! Alfalfa Can be cut six times dur , ing the season, and it is fen actual fact that grap'c cuttings have produced within eigtiteeh 'months'- What state or territory can make such a showiEfg? The' climate, it must be remembered, remembered, is nearly perpetual summer. Snow . ncvcV falls in these southern valleys. The farmer farmer begins to plant in November, and bj" the middle tf May his harvest is ready. Kbacs arc in "bloom, fruit trees are blooming, and the grain fields are a sea of grocn. Tfhcn the fields of the Eastern farmers arc" covered with-snow' and ice. livery variety erf grains- grasses, fruits antf vegetables grown iu semitvopic zones can be" produced in the' valleys of Arizona.. Wheal, corn, barley, oats a"nd all the small grains give a yield of from twenty-live to fifty bushels per acre. Alfalfa, timothy, clover, Bermuda and all the cultivated gra'ss-ps grow luxuriantly, the' former giving from eight to ten tons to" the acre each year, Every variety of vegetable raised" in the United States can be grown "in Aaizona", and nowhere arc they found of better quality.. 'Besides- thy products mentioned, these scmi-r tropical valleys produce cotton, sugar-cane, tobacco, tobacco, hemp afid rice.. With the exception of the Sugar-cano, but l!ttlo attention is paid to' the cultivation1 of other staples? but it has'bcclv demonstrated that the soil and climate are spccitflly adapted to' their successful growth. COtton-yrowing is no .experiment in Arizona, for it is on record that when the Europeans lirst penetrated thrs region, they found the Pima Indians wearing fabrics made of cotton grown in the Gila valley. "Hut it is their adaptability for fruit culture that n'ssurc's to these valley hind's a dense population population and a prosperous future. Almost every variety known can 1)6 raised in their fruitful soils. " The. apple, pear, plum, peach, apricot, quince and nectarine, are of delicious flavor, and give a generous yield. The' grape of all varieties varieties Is at home' in thesC sunny vales. No place in the grape-groWing belt of the Pacific coast can show so- prolific yield. The quality is all that cont'd be desired; and the wine, although' its' manufacture is yet experimental, is of it fine flavor, delicious' bouquet, and unsurpassed unsurpassed by any native product as a table beverage. beverage. Experiments-with the raisin grape have' shown that th's climate and soil possess every advantage for the production and.curing'of this staple article' of commerce. "Besides the fruits- already mentioned, the orange, lchion, lime, olive, fig',- poingranato nd! others' or the citrus family, can' be grown successfully successfully in the valleys of Southern Arizona. O'ran'ge trees are now in bearing In Salt river Valley and at Yuma:- while the banana is also being cultivated at the latter place. The Arizona Arizona orange in quality and' flavor will compare favorably with the best California. "In the valleys" of the Colorado; the Salt and the Gila rivers, there is room for thousands. It is not too much to say that uowhero within' the limits of this broad Union can be found a more desirable region for the making of ;V home. No laborious clearing of the land is required; required; it lies almost ready for the plow. Trees and shrubbery have so rapid a growth that within eighteen months the immigrant can surround his abode with attractions which would require years to mature in less favored climates. Fruits' ripen and are ready for market market a full month before the California product. The bright sunshine is a luxury, and the pure,! dry atmosphere brings health to all who inhale it. Faf the establishment of colonies, such as have made of Southern California a garden, Arizona presents uurivalcd opportunities. Thousands of. acres, now profitless, can be made productive by the construction of irrigat ing ditches-, and there is no investment which assures larrcr'or more permanent returns.""