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About The west shore. (Portland, Or.) 1875-1891 | View Entire Issue (March 1, 1884)
THE WEST SHORE.
mHE old adage.runs, " Out of sight, out of mind " and
a. lour io ia exewpunea in our case, since in the most
excellent columns of The West Shore I learn all about
oilier sections of the Northwest, while of our region they
say but little. The Klamath country is a very important
pais 01 uregon, ana we are proud of it and our thriving
village of Linkville, nestling among the foothills of the
grand Cascades and overlooking the beautiful Lake Kla
math. The lake abounds in both salmon and trout, a
source of pleasure and profit to our citizens, and espe
cially to Poor Lo, who takes them out in the spring by
the wagon load, and piles them up like cordwood to dry
in the sun for his winter's food.
Our ears are constantly saluted by the roar of the
falls of Link Eiver, whose beautv is not mimns.,! l,
many of more pretentious size and extended reputation,
and though not a St Anthony, it possesses a wealth of
power .mat wiu yet draw to us valuable manufactories.
This foaming river which edges our town as yet con
tributes to industry only the power required by one saw
mill, which is owned by Judge Moore, and has furnished
the lumber of which Linkville and improvements in the
surrounding country were built We are in possession of
a new county seat, and we think we can almost see the
smoke of the coming train. Like Josiah Allen's wife, it
makes us long to put our " shoulder blades to the wheel,"
with the same energy our neighbors have done, and try to
roll the iron horse clear up to our doors.
Connected by Link River, on which our town stands,
are two beautiful lakes, known as the Fpper and Lower
Klamath. A small steamer dies on the former.
between Linkville and Fort Klamath, the military post at
the north end of the lake and an adjunct of the Klamath
Indian Reservation. Lower Klamath Lake is devoted
entirely to pleasure, ,though it and its tributaries offor
great inducements for fish canneries in the irrout num.
bers of their finny inhabitants. Within the limits of the
town are several hot springs, whose waters are strongly
impregnated with mineral, and nenr bv are nnito lumuiil.
erable areas of " hot earth," whose curative qualities ore
wonderful. To this fact hundreds of sufferers from
rheumatism, skin diseases and many other afflictions that
are the heritage of the flesh, will testify. Those seeking
to test this question permit themselves to be nearly
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imi ion uuneam me earui, ana lie ror a time cmspoa in us
warm embrace. They all declare themselves much ben
efited, while many are entirely cured. This valuoble
property, on which it is hoped a sanitarium will be built,
is owned by Major Brooks.
We have many advantages to offer those who ore
seeking for homes. Our atmosphere is dry and clear.
We have broad, fertile fields ond " cattle on a thousand
hills." Vast tracts of land, hitherto too dry for farming
purposes, ore being opened to cultivation by irrigoting
ditches. We have immense beds of chalk and lime and
an abundance of timber. In the line of historical curiosi
ties we have in sight the famous Lava Beds, once the
stronghold of the dreaded Modocs, but which no longer
echo the war whoop of the savages nor the bugle call of
If in these few lines I have so excited the curiosity of
any of your renders ns to prompt Liu U py us a visit, I
would assure him that the journey hither ia by no means
as arduous as formerly. The traveler is carried by rail
from Portland to Ashland, whence a ulnon ri,l f l
sixty miles, through as beautiful scenory as can bo found
in the Western mountains, brings him to the plains and
beautiful valley of " sago brush." S. M. B.
SUN RIVER, MONTANA.
riUIE Sun River country, in Montana, is working its
1 way quite prominently to the front nnd nttrnMinrf
considerable desorvod attention. Sun River is ono of the
chief tributaries of tlio Upper Missouri, unitinir with flint.
stream in the vicinity of the Groat Falls. It forms the
oounuary line imtwoon Lewis and Clarke county and
Chotoau. Along tho stream are extensive stretches of
bottom lands already settled upon and bought under cul
tivation. The highor benches lying back from the river
are fertile, and excollontly adopted to tho production of
grain when artificially watered. Four irroot irriirnt.ini
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canals have been surveyed and ore under contract for ex
cavating, j. no largest, o llolona enterprise, will bo 110
miles in length and twonty feet in width. It is tlm
design of its projectors to also use the canal as a mouiw
of tranHtK)rtinc lumber and cordwood from the lmmtituiim
to tho settlements in. tho valley! It will head in tho
North Fork of Sun Rivor. ond follow tho ironornl muron if
the stream, at a distance of four miles, U its union with
the Missouri. The estimated cost of constructing this
canal is $250,000, and MM.OOO for the other tlireo, which
are the enterprises of Eastern men.
Tho town of Sun River lies in Lewis and Clarke
county and is enjoying quite n "boom." Tho Sun, a
woekly newspaper, was recently established there, nnd is
much oImivo tho averago in nppooroneo and character of
its contents, llie vast expanse of bunch grass lulls on
either side of the stream is coverod with largo bands of
cattle, this place Iming tho center of that industry along
Sun Rivor. A movement is on foot to have a now countv
created, embracing tho Sun River xrtion of Chotonu
county and Lewis ond Clarke county, and tho Smith
River jwrtion of Meagher county. The lost named
stream enters the Missouri nimost opposite bun Idver,
and has considerable agricultural and stock intereHtu.
Tho new county would embrace extensive coal and min
eral denosits. It would also txwsess the ffroot soriea nf
rapids, cascades and tremendous falls that follow each
other in rapid succession along the Missouri for ten
miles, ond which will inevitably become tho seat of large
manutai'turing enterprises poiore many years.
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