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About The Alliance herald. (Alliance, Box Butte County, Neb.) 1902-1922 | View Entire Issue (Jan. 13, 1910)
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The Herald job printing department is issuing, for the above named gentlemen, several thousand booklets which contain matter that will be
interesting to our many readers; and which we are printing below and on next page, the same made up in pages as it appears in the booklet.
v For further information in regard to homestead relinquishments and deeded lands in Western Nebraska, call on or write the above named
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FACTS CONCERNING WESTERN NEBRASKA
If one studies the English language
to discover the most precious word, he
invariably finds it spelled with four let
ters, the word "Home."
Who does not feel a glow of com
fort when he thinks of the old home of
his childhood where for yearshe met with
father, mother, brother and sister.
One cannot have a home that casts
such a benediction over the life of his
children unless he owns it. The renter
is like driftwood tossed about from place
to place and never knows how long he
will be permitted to remain where he is.
When a man owns his home there is
something to live for. Every tree he
plants and every nail he drives is a joy
The great struggle of today is for
better homes. Whether you are in Jhe
east, in the central states, or in the west,
you will find men earnestly searching the
maps for the location of certain sections
of the country that have been recom
mended to them as favorable for improv
ing their present conditions. The pas
senger trains are crowded almost every
month of the year with persons who are
going somewhere in search of homes.
Considering the cost of good land in the
eastern and central states it is not sur
prising that so many are seeking the west
where the chances of prosperity are many
times better than they are in the said
eastern and central states. Among all
the localities that are now open for in
vestment there is none that surpasses
THRESHING SCENE IN WESTERN NEBRASKA
western Nebraska. Land can be bought
at such prices that one crop will pay sev
eral times the price.
The altitude of Western Nebraska is
such that the air is light and pure and
so modified as to do away with the ex
tremes of heat and cold and cause the
climate to be quite similar to the well
known mountain climate. The altitude
is 2,800 to 4,000 feet above sea level.
The population is at present very
scarce. It, however, is rapidly increas
ing. Not only is the deeded land be
coming more thickly settled but since the
passage of the Kinkaid Law there is some
pne holding under that law nearly every
section in the" Alliance Land District.
There has been no boom but it is a steady
healthy growth. The growth in the coun
try is just beginning. People are grad
ually working in from the east and many
are interested and expect to come. Con
sidering the surrounding country, and the '
fact that nearly every other country has
had its wave of immigration, we can cer
tainly expect that within a year or two ..
the population of the country districts -of 7
Western Nebraska will double.
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The climate of Western Nebraska is
almost unsurpassed. In the spring time '
the air is cool and bracing, the summers
are mild and pleasant compared with lo
calities in the same latitude farther east.
The autumn is everything that one could'
desire. Cool and pleasant weather, no
storms or anything to disturb the pleas
ant autumn clavs. We have n.o winter to
speak of until January. About the
middle of February we usually have
a few days of cold weather and some
snow but it is only of short duration
and the weather becomes pleasant
and remains so until the beginning
of the spring rains, which is usually
the latter part of March and April.
Water for drinking purposes can
be had from wells at a depth of from
a few feet to 150. In a greater part
of the country the depth to water is
less than 50 feet. The water is pure
and very healthful. There is little or
no complaint from persons who are
not used to the country concerning
The rainfall in Western Nebraska is
considered slight, but in view of the fact
that nearly all the rain comes during the
growing season and there is little snow,
it does not require so much rain per an
num to produce a crop as it would if the
rains were not so well distributed. All
those acquainted with the proper method
of farming in Western Nebraska consider
the rainfall sufficient to produce as good
or better crops of many of the leading
staples than those produced on higher
priced land in the Mississippi valley.
The soil is rich and in most places
deep. It is in some places somewhat
sandy but can be used for grazing. It
has been a matter of great surprise to
persons unacquainted with the product
iveness of the soil in this locality to see
the immense crops that are produced oh
the lands here in good seasons and with
proper methods of farming Frequently
an acre of land will produce its cost at
prqsent prices in one year.
Most of the grains, vegetables and
grasses have been tried in this locality
and it has beeu found that all of the small
grains thrive well and some of them,
notably macaroni wheat, speltz, rye, oats is very superior in quality to that of po-
and barley, do exceedingly well, produc- tatoes raised in the east or in the irrigated
ing as much or more as an average crop sections. A man can undoubtedly make
per acre than is produced on high-priced as much raising potatoes here as he can
eastern land. All the vegetables that raising corn in the east,
will grow in temperate climates are Among the grasses that thrive well
grown here for home consumption. Po- here are alfalfa, bromos grass, and manv
tatoes especially deserve notice as there
has not been a failure in this crop in
Western Nebraska for many years and
some of the leading citizens of this local
ity state that there has only been one
of the annual grasses, such as millet,
Hungarian, billion dollar grass, etc. In
fact, bromus grass thrives as well here as
in any other section of the country. Al
falfa, if properly started and cared for,
year in seventeen that they have not been produces three crops per season. The
able to make a profit on them. The av
erage yield per acre with the ordinary
method of cultivation is from 75 to 100
bushels ancl the price for the past 10 to
15 years averages over 40 cents per
bushel. The crop of pcUtoes raised here
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annual grasses usually produce a heavy
Dairying is an industry that pays
great profits on the money invested. The
natural grasses are great fat pro
ducers and the grasses now being in-
troduced are greatly increasing the
amount of forage. There is plenty
of good water, the winters are mild
and open and the market for dairy
products good. Creameries are be
ing established within reach of all.
Long before the white man
made his home and began to pasture
his herds in Western Nebraska, this
country was well stocked. The ma
jestic buffalo roamed the prairie in
immense herds. They had no hay
provided for them but lived upon
- the water.
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