Hearings in Regard to Reclamation of Arid Lands by Irrigation, and Admission of Wyoming, Arizona, and Idaho

Hearings in Regard to Reclamation of Arid Lands by Irrigation, and Admission of Wyoming, Arizona, and Idaho

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1889 edition. Excerpt: ...Territory has shown a more remarkable growth. Horace, Greeley, I think it was, said that Colorado was only adapted for the growing of Canada thistles. I visited ln the very beginning the colony established by Mr. Meeker in that State when a Territory. It was as poor looking a country as ever man beheld. It did not even grow grass, but was covered with the prickly pear, so common in that country. Mr. Meeker went there full of enthusiasm; full of a theory that there could be built up a great community in thatimmediate section, in which there should be none of those evils which he said beset and curse most new countries; that children growing up should be entirely removed from the temptations that children are subjected to in most pl-at-es. Mr. Meeker did accomplish a most wonderful work. He carried out his theory. He made the barren waste blossom as a garden; and where it was so sterile, one may now pass miles of most productive farms. He proved that the country could be made most productive where irrigation is practiced. Mr. BAKER. Where is that colony"! Mr. CAREY. On the Cache la Poudre River in Colorado. This colony led to other great irrigation projects. It was the commencement of the agricultural development of Colorado. To Mr. Meeker. who did so much for Colorado before his untimely death, should be erected a monument as eternal as the granite of the mountains under whose shadow he was massacred. His associates went to work in earnest. It was an uphill business. His people suffered much for the first two or three years; but that true man inspired them with his enthusiasm. They knew he was not laboring for himself but for the general good. Mr. SYMES. Mr. Meeker endeavored to start a co-operative society'! Mr. CAREY. Yes, ...show more

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  • Paperback | 26 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 1mm | 68g
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236899261
  • 9781236899262