The History of Bannock County, Idaho

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Tribune Company, Limited, 1915 - Bannock County (Idaho) - 143 pages
 

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Page 111 - Such is the nature of this immense wilderness of the far West ; which apparently defies cultivation, and the habitation of civilized life. Some portions of it along the rivers may partially be subdued by agriculture, others may form vast pastoral tracts, like those of the East ; but it is to be feared that a great part of it will form a lawless interval between the abodes of civilized man, like the wastes ot the ocean or the deserts of Arabia ; and, like them, be subject to the depredations of the...
Page 27 - Valuable areas of salt-bearing land lie along the Wyoming-Idaho border in Bannock County, Idaho, and the middle-western part of Uinta County, Wyo. The deposits occur west of the Salt River valley, or Star Valley, as it is locally known. In the old days, before the advent of railroads in the West, relatively large amounts of salt were boiled from the brine springs in this region and were hauled by ox team to supply Idaho and Montana mining camps. The emigrants to the Northwest along the Lander route...
Page 28 - Hokanson, in deepening these springs in 1902, encountered a formation of rock salt 6 feet below the surface and this has been penetrated for a thickness of 20 feet without reaching the bottom. The exceptional purity of the salt, its cheapness of production, and the probability of railroad connections in the near future fend interest to the deposits of the entire district.
Page 27 - OUTLOOK. The failure of an apparently well-backed attempt to develop these deposits will render improbable any further attempts in the immediate future. It is extremely doubtful if the deposits can be profitably worked by a process giving a complete recovery of the values, even to supply the local demand, in competition with the relatively highgrade deposits of Wyoming and Utah.
Page 19 - Californian element, I confess I had not expected to meet."48 The proportion of the law-abiding element in the American territories is probably fairly expressed by Mr. Hailey, who says, "I think I may truthfully say that ninety-five per cent of these people were good, industrious, honorable and enterprising, and to all appearances desired to make money in a legitimate way.
Page 29 - This salt could be produced most cheaply and with the maximum of cleanliness by a process of solar evaporation. At present the market for the salt of the area described is limited to the immediate vicinity, owing to the absence of railroad connections. With a railroad in Star Valley, however, the salt of this area would command the markets of eastern Idaho, western Wyoming, and much of Montana.
Page 132 - The next item is $3,600 to provide for the changing of two stack elevators, one on the east and one on the west side of the building.
Page 28 - ... workings for a long time. It also appears quite probable that all the areas, including the smaller brine springs, contain sufficient salt to return the sums that may be advisedly invested in their development. As to quality, salt can be easily obtained here which is above the average in chemical purity, as is indicated by the representative analyses given.
Page 103 - Gate City," as it often is called, dates from that year. With the completion of the Utah and Northern Railway, freighting by wagon between Utah and Montana was discontinued. The new line gave "the first great impetus to settlement and development in the southeastern section of Idaho, making it possible to market produce profitably and at the same time bringing the settler into touch with the outside world.
Page 31 - On December 9, 1908, the Secretary of the Interior withdrew from all kinds of entry 4,541,300 acres of land containing phosphate, coal, oil, oil shale, gas, and sodium salts in Idaho, Utah, and Wyoming. The first withdrawal of public phosphate land in Florida was made on July 2, 1910. Under the act of July 17, 1914, agricultural entries can be made upon withdrawn phosphate lands, but the mineral rights are...

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