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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)

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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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