Spokane County as it is: Solid Facts and Actual Results. For the Information of Immigrants and Others (Google eBook)

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Steam Press of Himes the Printer, 1883 - Spokane County (Wash.) - 46 pages
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Page 9 - The more elevated lands afford excellent natural pasturage and also produce good crops of grain and the hardier fruits and vegetables. East of the Cascade Mountains, the soil is a dark loam of great depth, composed of alluvial deposits and decomposed lava overlying a clay sub-soil.
Page 26 - enter " and establish a pre-emption right, at the Government Land Office of the district, on payment of a fee of $3. In other words, any such person has the right to purchase a tract of one hundred and sixty acres, either within or without the limits of a railroad grant, at $2.50 per acre in the former, and at $1.25 per acre in the latter case. Where the tract is offered for sale by the Government, the land must be paid for within thirteen months from the date of settlement, otherwise within thirty-three...
Page 9 - Although the dry season continues for months, this light porous land retains and absorbs enough moisture from the atmosphere, after its particles have been partially disintegrated, to insure perfect growths and full harvests. This assertion is so at variance with common experience that it might well be questioned. Happily, it is susceptible of explanation. In spite of the fact that there is scarcely a shower between May and the following October, and that the average rain-fall for the year does not...
Page 25 - ... of the respective districts, and other matters of interest. 3. OF PRE-EMPTIONS. No material change has been made in the laws relating to pre-emption rights since my last report. Any person seeking the benefits of pre-emption under the laws now in force...
Page 33 - Falls is alike the threshold, the gem and a sub-specimen; and the tourist to whom the fashionable haunts of the Atlantic states and the charming scenery of Europe are familiar, and who presumes from this fact that he has enjoyed all the scenic beauties of nature worth beholding, will readily learn how fallaciously he has reasoned should his footsteps ever guide him to this part of the great Northwest. Those who travel in quest of pleasure or health will find here an area which in serenity of climate,...
Page 29 - The new city, which was commenced in 1524, is built on piles. The streets are sufficiently wide, and run nearly north and south, east and west, intersecting each other at right angles; they are all well paved, and have side walks of flat stones. The public squares are spacious, and surrounded by buildings of hewn stone, and of very good architecture. The public edifices and churches are vast and splendid, and the private buildings being constructed either of porous amygdaloid or...
Page 9 - The warm air- currents, surcharged with vapor, which sweep inland from the ocean up the channel of the Columbia River prevent drought. The effect, of these atmospheric currents in tempering the climate has already been described. Their influence upon the vegetation is no less vital. The moisture with which they are laden is held in suspension during the day, diffused over the face of the country. At night it is condensed by the cooler temperature and precipitated in the form of a fine mist on every...
Page 9 - Their influence upon the vegetation is no less vital. The moisture with which they are laden is held in suspension during the day, diffused over the face of the country. At night it is condensed by the cooler temperature, and precipitated in the form of a fine mist on every exposed particle of surface which earth and plant present. The effect is that of a copious shower. This is apparent on taking a morning walk through the grass, which can only be done at the cost of wet feet. In this region it...
Page 32 - ... Eastern Washington presents the combined landscapes of Switzerland and Italy, the highlands of Scotland and the English lake region, the whole forming a panorama capable of expressing every type and emotion of scenic beauty. No region can excel it in variety and grandeur; its undulating surface displays the rolling prairie and the elevated plateau, the picturesque dingle and the dense forest, the brooklet and the mighty river, the ribbon-like fall and the seething cascade, the sloping motion-giving...
Page 7 - The average temperature is 52. The rain-fall of the year does not average more than 20 inches. South of the Snake River it is not more than 15 inches, increasing gradually to the northward. In the southern portion of this area, where the Colorado...

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