Minnesota: Its Place Among the States. Being the First Annual Report of the Commissioner of Statistics, for the Year Ending Jan. 1st, 1860

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Press of Case, Lockwood, 1860 - Agriculture - 174 pages

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Page 49 - Is it too much for the eye of philanthropy to discern, through the vista of futurity, this noble stream, connecting, as it does, the fertile shores of two spacious lakes, with crowded steamboats on its bosom, and populous towns on its borders?
Page 32 - Pacific, with the exception of the rich but narrow belt along the ocean, the country may also be considered, in comparison with other portions of the United States, a wilderness unfitted for the uses of the husbandman ; although in some of the mountain valleys, as at Salt Lake, by means of irrigation, a precarious supply of food may be obtained...
Page 112 - Anthony, via Minneapolis, to a convenient point of junction west of the Mississippi, to the southern boundary of the Territory in the direction of the mouth of the Big Sioux River...
Page 112 - ... every alternate section of land, designated by odd numbers, for six sections in width on each side of each of said roads.
Page 141 - That five per centum of the net proceeds of sales of all public lands lying within said State which shall be sold by Congress after the admission of said State into the Union, after deducting all the expenses incident to the same, shall be paid to said State, for the purpose of making public roads and internal improvements, as the legislature shall direct...
Page 32 - States, that the westward progress of its population has nearly reached the extreme western limit of the areas available for settlement, and that the whole space west of the 98th parallel, embracing one-half of the entire surface of the United States, is an arid and desolate waste, with the exception of a narrow belt of rich lands along the Pacific coast.
Page 32 - We have stated that the entire region west of the 98th degree of west longitude, with the exception of a small portion of western Texas, and the narrow border along the Pacific, is a country of comparatively little value to the agriculturist, and...
Page 32 - But the whole space to the west, between the 98th meridian and the Rocky Mountains, denominated the Great American Plains, is a barren waste, over which the eye may roam to the extent of the visible horizon with scarcely an object to break the monotony.
Page 49 - The whole region of country for fifty miles in all directions around this lake, is among the most beautiful and fertile in the world. The fine scenery of lakes and open groves of oak timber, of winding streams connecting them, and beautifully rolling country on all sides, renders this portion of Minnesota the garden spot of the Northwest. It is impossible in a report of this character, to describe the feelings of admiration and astonishment with which we first beheld the charming country in the vicinity...
Page 82 - But the zone of its profitable culture occupies a comparatively narrow belt along the cool borders of the district defined for inland positions by the mean temperature of 55 on the north and 71 on the south, for the two months of July and August.

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