The Oregon daily journal. (Portland, Or.) 1902-1972, February 20, 1904, Page 26, Image 26

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    TITE OREGON DAILY .TOUftXAL, POHTLAKD, SATTJliDAY EVEiya FEBRUARY 20. 1904.
Most Gigantic lirripion Scheme Ever Inaugurated in the Western States
- ' TWO HUNDRED AND . TEN THOUSAND , ACRES of arid land to be speedily reclaimed. ' V
. t Trrigation guarantees a BountifurHarvest Every Year. A domain capable of RICHLY SUP
PORTING MORE THAN FIFTY THOUSAND PERSONS. The water will be taken
from the Deschutes River at the townsite of " ' '. ' f
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DESCHUTES LTTMBEB COMPACT'S SAWMILL, LYTLE, OX.
THE GIANT ENTERPRISE OF ALL
Two Hundred and Ten Thousand Acres
to Be Reclaimed in Crook County, Be
ginning at the Townsite of Lytle
The greatest irrigation enterprise ever
inaugurated in the west has thoroughly
materialized, and within a short tlmo
almost a new empire will begin build
ing, with Lytle as its head and front.'
On Saturday, February: 13, the daily
newspapers were given the particulars
leading them to announce that the larg
est irrigation enterprise in the history
of Oregon had been formed by a con
solidation of the two conflicting irri
gating 'interests on the Deschutes, t
Lytle, in Crook county. The Deschutes
Irrigation & Power Company, was ..or
ganized by pastern capitalists who
bought out the rights of the Filot Butte
Development Company and the Oregon
Irrigation Company.
The capital stock la $2,500,000.
The company filed with the state land,
botrd an application-for 80,00, acres ot
aria land under the Carey law, in addl
4 tlon to that already held by the two
-companies- bought -out, thus giving the
new concern a total of 210,000 acres.
ooiko'kioht at it.
'- Ws will -have-water running In our
flumes inside of 60 days, said W. K
Ouerln, one of the men behind the new
enterprise. "Inside of four months, and
possibly in three months, we will have
water on 25,000 acres of desert land."
A GOOD rmzcB PAID.
The members of the new company
presented their applications for the ad
ditional 80,000 acres of land. It was al
ready understood that negotiations wro
pending for the consolidation of the two
- enterprises already In existence. . The
board inquired how these negotiations
had resulted, and was informed that the
Pilot Butte Development Company,-. ot
which A. M. Drake was promoter, had
,been bought out at 170,000.- Th4 Oregon
Irrigation Company was nought out at
about half that figure,
STATE LA KB BOARD PLEASED.
The members of the state land board
expressed satisfaction over this arrange
ment, saying that they have felt Tor
some time that the irrigation work in
the Deschutes country should be under
taken' under one management. There
had been a .contest between the Pilot
Butte Company and the Oregon Irriga
tion Company over certain water rights
with the result that not much progress
had been made. The members of.th
state land board had come to the con
clusion that not much actual work could
be done until the differences had been
settled, and this seems to have been ac
complished by one new company buying
out both of the old concerns.
LA BOER ABXA TO BE WATERED.
According to the maps and plats filed
in the state land office, the new com
pany proposes to go eight miles higher
up the Deschutes riverfor its source of
supply, and thus carry its ditch 165, feet
higher up the hills,' and thereby place
at least 100,000 acres more land subject
to irrigation. Large areas that were
left out of the former applications by
reason, of the land being too high, will
be below the Htch- as laid out by the
new company.
TBEMEKDOUS CASALS.
The magnitude of the enterprise now
started may be judged by the size of
the main canals. Where the water is
taken from the Deschutes river at Lytle
the Immediate territory is one great lava
bed. One flume, taking water from this
place .will be 30 feet wide by 10 feet
deep. Another flume, of the same size,
will take water from the Deschutes
at Benham Falls, eight miles above Ly
tle, and convey it in a circuitous course
in the direction of Prineville.
v.LEjraTB: or tkb cajtals.
The two canals, which will be exten
sions of the flumes, will carry water
sufficient to reclaim the whole 210,000
acres of land. The total length of the .
main canals will be about 120 miles,
while there will be several hundred miles
of: smaller ditches, carrying the-water
from the main canal to the several
tracts to be reclaimed.
WILL LOOK FOR IMMZGRAZTTS.
"Our purpose is to employ lmmlgra- -tlon
agents, if necessary, to find settler
for' the land thus reclaimed." said J. I.
Johnston, who will remain here ln.Ore
:gori to 'take charge of the company'
business in this state.
"We will form colonies when we can,
and induce Individual settlers to come.
We have taken hold of this enterprise
because -ws- believe it can bs made
success and we will lose no time in
putting that arid land into condition to
raise alfalfa and other crop.
!innr cosT'or bjeclamatjow.
'The cost of reclamation, as estimated
under the original projects, was 310 per
acre. By carrying our flume and canal
at an altitude 165 feet higher, the cost
will be increased to $12 per acre, but a
larger area, will be reclaimed and the
ultimate results will be more satisfac
tory. That lava bed is very rough, re
quiring expensive work in cutting out
rock and building flumes. That Is where
most of the additional cost comes in."
WILL COST $3,500,000.
The total cost of constructing the irri
gation system will be about 32,500,000,
but the expenditure of this amount will,
of course, be extended over a number of
years. Water will be put upon the
land Just a little faster than it is needed
by settlers, so that there will always
be land available for settlement. Set
tlers will secure the land from the state
by paying oft the company's lien for the
cost of reclamation.
The sale of the property of the Pilot
Butte Development company does not
include the townsite of Lytle, the com
ing terminus of the Columbia Southern
railroad.
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SCHOOLHOTTS E, LTTLB, OX.
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WITHIN A SHORT TIME THE
TERMINUS OF THE COLUM
BIA SOUTHERN RAILROAD.
THE TOWNSITE OF LTTLB IS SITUATE ON THE DESQJfUTES RIVER.
169 MILES FROM PORTLAND BY THE ROUTE OF TRAVEL. BUT NOT
NEARLY SO FAR AS THE CROW FLIES. TO REACH LYTLE ONE MUST
JOURNEY TO BIGGS, 20 MILES EAST OF THE DALLES, RIDE ON THE
COLUMBIA SOUTHERN RAILROAD T SHANIKO, ' 71 MILES, AND
THENCE 90 MILES BY TEAM TO THE BRIGHT YOUNG CITY SO SOON
TO BE THE OFFICIAL TERMINUS OF THE COLUMBIA SOUTHERN RAIL
ROAD. WHICH WILL BE CONSTRUCTED WITHIN THE NEXT EIGHT OR
TEN MONTHS. J
THIS BEAUTIFUL TOWNSITE
WILL BE THE FEEDING PLACE OF THE PRINCIPAL ARTERY OF THIS
GREAT SYSTEM OF IRRIGATION, AS THE FLUME. 30 FEET WIDE AND
10 FEET DEEP, INTERSECTS THE RlER WITHIN A FEW RODS OF THE
TOWNSITE COMPANY'S SAWMILL. THE MILL OWNERS ARE NOW NE
GOTIATING WITH THE COMPANY FOR THE CONTRACT FOR SAWING
1,000,000 FEET OF LUMBER FOR THE IRRIGATION FLUMES. THAT CON
TRACT WILL LIKELY BE SETTLED BEFORE THESE WORDS ARE BE
FORE THE READER, AND FROM THAT DAY THAT CENTRAL SECTION
OF OREGON MAY WELL BE CLASSED AS AMONG THE MOST FAVORED
SPOTS ON EARTH. ALL KINDS OF FRUIT WILL GROW THERE IN
GREAT ABUNDANCE,, AND, THE PROLIFIC ALFALFA HAY CROP MAY BE
DEPENDED UPON TO YIELD ENORMOUSLY TWO OR THREE CROPS
PER YEAR. THE CATTLE, HORSE AND SHEEP RANGES ARE ALREADY
AMONG THE GREATEST IN THE COUNTRY, HUNDREDS OF THOU8ANDS
OF SUCH STOCK BEING MARKETED EVERY YEAR. IT IS A TRUTH. IN
DEED, THAT NOWHERE ELSE ON THE GLOBE CAN BE FOUND MORE
PROMISING LOCATIONS FOR ALL CLASSES OFBUSINESS, ANDIT WOULD
BE DIFFICULT TO FIND A MORE PLEASING HOME SITE, NO MATTER
WHERE THE TRAVELER MAY SEARCH.
LYTLE
IS A FINELY PLATTED TOWNSITE. OWNED BY A CORPORATION,
WHICH HAS TAKEN GREAT PAINS TO LAY THE FOUNDATION FOR
A PERFECT CITY OF CONSIDERABLE POPULATION. THE' LARGE
NUMBER OF SETTLERS 8URE TO COME TO THE IMMEDIATE NEIGH
BORHOOD WILL REQUIRE ALL LINES OF BUSINESS INSTITUTIONS,
INCLUDING WOOLEN FACTORIES, MACHINE 8HOPS, FOUNDRY, SASH
AND DOOR FACTORIES, ETC. EVERYTHING BELONGING TO OLD
SETTLED COMMUNITIES WILL BE REQUIRED HERE. .
CHANCES ALMOST GONE
GREAT BUSINESS OPENINGS IN THE UNITED STATES ARE AL
MOST GONE. THERE IS NO LONGER ANY "FRONTIER" TO WHICH
THE SETTLER CAN GO. ' THERE ARE SOME "NEW" LOCALITIES
LEFT, IN WHICH THE EARLY SETTLER HAS THE ADVANTAGE, AND
LYTLE IS ONE OF THE MOST FAVORED OF ALL THESE. THOSE
WHO HURRY FORWARD NOW WILL REAP THE HARVEST, AS VALUES
OF PROPERTY ARE 8URE TO RAPIDLY INCREASE AS THE AREA. OF
IRRIGATED LAND INCREASES. IF 50,000 PEOPLE INHABIT THESE
IRRIGATED ACRES WITHIN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS AND THERE IS
ALMOST A CERTAINTY THAT THIS WILL HAPPEN THEN LYTLE
CITY LOTS NOW SELLING AT FROM fSO TO $150 WILL BE READILY
DISPOSED OF AT FOUR TIMES THESE PRICES.
NOW IS THE TIME TO GET IN ON THE GROUND FLOOR. "SOME
OTHER TIME" IS VERY LIKELY TO BE TOO LATE. SPLENDID SO
CIETY, A CULTIVATED CITIZENSHIP, HAPPY AND PROSPEROUS PEO
PLE. THIS IS THE PRESENT CONDITION AT LYTLE. WHEN THE
CARS SWING INTO THE CITY A FEW MONTHS HENCE THE BAND
WILL PLAY AND PRICES OF LOTS WILL AMBLE UPWARD. WHEN
200,000 ACRE8 OF THIS 210,000 ACRES OF IRRIGATED 80IL GETS
TO PRODUCING 30 BUSHELS OF WHEAT TO THE ACRE (AND IT IS
MORE LIKELY TO PRODUCE 40 BUSHELS), AND 6,000.000 BUSHELS
OF WHEAT IS HARVESTED IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD OF LYTLE,
WHICH WILL BE DONE WITHIN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS, THEN THE
BAND WILL PLAY AGAIN AND PRICES OF LYTLE LOTS WILL SOAR
ONCE MORE. BETTER GET IN BEFORE THE SOARING PROCESS BE
GINS. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ADDRESS THE
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LYTLE'S GREAT RESOURCES
More Than Forty Billion Feet of Timber
May Be Cut from the Region Tributary
to the Town.
A circular letter Issued by the Lytle
Townsite company several weeks ago,
before the large irrigation projects had
been consolidated, interestingly de
scrlbes the place and its resources and
environs. Except that all the irrigation
companies mentioned are now in one the
circular is still as accurate as when It
was printed. It says In part:
Lytle, the newest town to be platted
on the Deschutes river, is located three
quarters of a mile north of the Bend
postofllce.
It is the official southern terminus of
the Columbia Southern extension, lo
cated at an ideal spot for utilizing the
terrific water power of the Deschutes.
With an altitude of 3,600 feet, at the
eastern base of the Cascades it has a
climate beyond reproach. Zero weather
is seldom experienced, and the extreme
heat, characteristic of other sections of
the state during the summer months, is
moderated in this region by the moun
tain breezes.
Lytle Is situated in' the center of an
Immense arid region which is being
rapidly reclaimed by Irrigation. To the
west of the Deschutes river, in the
Tumello basin, the Columbia Southern
Irrigation company is "already at work
constructing ditches. State contracts
have been signed for the reclamation
of 0,000 acres, 10,000 of which will be
under irrigation and open to settlement
early in the summer of 1903.
On the east side of the river, eon-
tiguous to Lytle,- the Pilot" Butts - De
velopment company has segregated an
area of 87,000 acres. The state contract,
sanctioning this company's project, has
been approved by the department of In
terior, and the work of converting the
vast desert region Into & garden spot
of fertility and productiveness will be
gin before August of the present year.
Smaller companies are working at dif
ferent points along the river, and the
future of this region, from an agri
cultural standpoint, is one already made
brilliant 'with actual accomplishments,
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Lytle la the' outlet of the vast yellow
pine belt which stands tributary to It
on the south and east.
THREE MILLION FIVE HUNDRED
THOUSAND acres of Oregon's finest
grade of yellow pine stand in waiting
for conversion into marketable lumber.
The timber Industry, which is just de
veloping in this section, is well worthy
of attention, and .one which will. add. Its
millions of wealth to the town and Its
community. This timbered area,
stretching for miles throughout the en
tire southern portion of the Deschutes
valley,- supports a growth of FORTY
TWO BILLION feet. Figuring con
servatively that $4 per fhousand will be
expended for logging this pine, the sum
to be poured out in labor alone reaches .
astounding proportions...:' - '
ONE HUNDRED AND SIXTY-EIGHT
MILLION DOLLARS is the ' least
amount at which this figure can be
placed! This vast sum will be dis
tributed among the wage earners for
period covering the next II or 20 years!
Lytle occupies, an' advantageous posi
tion ' as regards" both the timber and
agricultural possibilities of this section.'
Its future Is already assured. A a "
shipping point it will be among the
foremost, and with the utilization of th
magnlflcent- power HBf --the Deschutes -river
its industries will be many and
diversified.
Probably- no point In Oregon offers as
great inducements for the establishment
of trades and business enterprises, as
this town, which is backed by millions
in timber and agricultural developments,
and which holds in its grasp a water
power unsurpassed by any other stream
west of the Bjpckles.
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Crook County.
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Lytle, via Deschutes, Oregon.