Wisconsin State Horticultural Society / Annual report of the Wisconsin State Horticultural Society for the year 1910
Volume XL, Part II (1910)
Hager, W. S.
Some recollections of a hurried trip through the northwest, pp. 23-26 PDF (862.8 KB)
24 WISCONSIN STATE HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY. newer places not even a cotton-wood windbreak. It looks to me, even in the green summer and the golden harvest, bleak and desolate. What must it be in the winter? Houses there are for shelter, but homes in a true sense there are but few. Haviug heard of the Kootenay and the Okanagan Valleys as fruit growing centers, we left the main line at Medicine Hat and crossed -the Rockies through the Crow's Nest Pass and came down to Kootenay Lake at Creston. There were some small orchards here and they were well loaded. Down the Lake there were few what I should call, available sites as the mountains came down to the water's edge. However, the enterprising promotor and real estate men had been here and up the Columbia and had laid out orchards on paper and in some instances had sold quite steep sites at the foot of the mountains along the river at prices from $150 to $250 per acre, covered with a dense growth of timber which would cost from $100 to $150 an acre to remove, trees and stumps. I saw no orchards here but heard great stories as to what the land would do. It is told that at Nelson, a small mining town, a stranger sat at tho water's edge fishing. Suddenly, hearing a splash, he turned around to see a man crawling up out of the water, who, thereupon, began to apologize for disturbing the fish and explain- ing that he had fallen out of his orchard, and qualified it by saying that this was the second time today. However this may be, a person looking at the scenery from the boat would not doubt it. Leaving the Columbia at Revelstoke one sees nothing in fruit until the Salmon Arm of the Shuswap Lake is reached where we saw some fine apples and thrifty trees. Land here suitable for fruit raising is high priced and with little chance for water. From here to the cost we saw no orchards of interest. At the Exposition we saw some fine fruit from Hood River, Yakimna Valey and Wenatchee. Each locality, of course, claim- ing superior advantages for growing choice fruit and quoting premiums and prizes to prove it. Stopped off at Wenatchee and saw some of the orchards there. It is a valley which has been under irrigation for eight years, where the Wenatchee River joins the Columbia. Absolutely nothing grows without irrigation. There are about fourteen thousand acres in orchards of which fifteen per cent. perhaps are
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