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STREAM BORES A TUNNEL

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the production of electric power in the The tunnel is concrete-lined and about manner described, is turned into the sixty square feet in area of section—that canals for irrigation, thus serving a is to say, six and a half feet high and double purpose. Incidentally, the sur- seven and a half feet wide, with arched plus electricity has been leased to the roof. It will carry five hundred cubic town of Spanish Fork—which claims feet a second. But it will not be finished four thousand inhabitants—for illumina- for about three years. The Utah Valley tion and other purposes.

has no outlet to the sea, and the water The construction of the Strawberry fetched through the mountains from the Tunnel, a mile and a half above sea level, Strawberry Valley, after all of it is used is perhaps the most beautiful piece of en- that can be used for irrigation, will gineering work the Reclamation Service find its way into the Great Salt Lake. has ever undertaken. In magnitude it is The Utah Valley is one of the oldest second only to the huge bore now com- settled parts of the West. Pioneer pleted, in Colorado, to carry the Gun- farmers established themselves there as nison River through a mountain range. early as 1850. Peaches, apples, cherries, In summer time the work of digging the

ng the plums, alfalfa, all kinds of vegetables, tunnel is carried on without much dif- and likewise the cereals, grow there most ficulty, but in winter at that altitude the luxuriantly and profitably. There has storms are frightful, and snow accumu- been irrigation from the first. But the lates to almost unbelievable depth. Dur- water supply is insufficient, and this is ing the winter of 1908 the snow-fall on why the government is going to bring the watershed, as shown by the weather more water, and plenty of it, through bureau's snow-boxes, was nearly twenty- the heart of the mountains. three feet.

The Reclamation Service says that the

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THE UPPER PHOTO SHOWS WHERE THE WATERS OF SPANISH FORK FLOW DOWN THROUGH

A PIPE, TO FURNISH POWER. THE LOWER PHOTO SHOWS THIS POWER HOUSE.

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THE UPPER PHOTOS SHOW THE POWER CANAL AND TUNNEL WHICH CARRY THE WATERS OF SPANISH FORK; THE LOWER, THE MOUNTAIN THROUGH WHICH THIS TUNNEL IS BORED.

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opportunities now offered to
valuable farms in the Utah Valley, at
merely nominal prices, are the most at-
tractive to be found anywhere in the
United States. Land at present obtain-
able there for a few dollars an acre is
quite as desirable in all respects as areas
in the Grand Valley, of Colorado, which
have been sold for nearly $5,000 an acre

—the highest price ever paid for agricultural land. All it needs is water, which will soon be supplied.

It is a beautiful country. The Utah Valley is like a level floor, walled on either side by ranges of gigantic mountains. Nothing more picturesque can be imagined. A veritable paradise in the midst of the desert.

WOMAN HAS FINEST ROOF-GARDEN

WHAT is declared to be the finest hawthorns, a few evergreens, two la

roof-garden in the world is that burnums, and several Arabia trees, toowned and managed by a lady, Mrs.gether with one small

gether with one small apple tree, which Blackwell, of Seattle, Washington. It bears enormously large fruit. Besides occupies a space of twelve thousand this there are large shrubs, like the lilac, square feet, and, in addition to well-laid- and quantities of roses, there being three out grass lawns, flower-beds with beauti- hundred or more bushes. The climbers, ful blooms, shrubs, trees, and climbing which add softness and grace and give vines, there is a charming tea-house and the flowing lines needed to complete the a pagoda. The whole of the work in picture, are jasmine, Virginia creeper this aerial garden is done by Mrs. Black- grape, three varieties of clematis, wiswell and her two daughters. In addition taria, ivy and climbing roses. The phototo fruit trees, there are a number of ash graph herewith shown gives a good and birch trees, six holly bushes, four idea of the beauty of this unique garden.

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REMARKABLE ROOF-GARDEN OF MRS. BLACKWELL, OF SEATTLE. WASHINGTON,

It occupies a space of 12,000 square feet.

DATES FROM OUR OWN DESERT

By

CHARLTON LAWRENCE EDHOLM

UR Southwestern desert is licious fruit is sold in Los Angeles,
developing a new industry though the output is quite limited.
which will add a delicious For some years the U. S. Government
fruit to our native food has conducted experiments in date grow-

supply, the fresh date of ing with shoots brought from famous high quality, which will replace the low orchards in Persia, Tunis and Egypt. grade imported product, the sticky dried These tests and the results of planting dates from the Persian Gulf. The by ranchers in southern California and Deglet Noor date grown in southern Arizona have demonstrated that the date California and Arizona is as much more can be profitably cultivated within our appetizing than the messy lump of own borders, and various companies are dried, crushed and unclean dates that the now being formed to go into the busigrocer pries off the ordinary cube, as a ness on a large scale. Just what this sound, sweet, rosy-cheeked apple is su- industry may mean in the Southwest can perior to the leathery slice of the same only be guessed at but its possibilities fruit which the

seem very great clerk scoops out

for there is not of the dried apple

only the food barrel.

value of the fruit Within a few

to be considered years we may see

but also the varithe Eastern mar

ous by - products ket supplied with

of a date orchard the fancy fresh

which make the dates from our

palm in its native own desert, for

land a sort of unialready this de

versal provider.

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TEN-YEAR-OLD

DATE PALM
READY FOR THE

HARVEST.

THREE YEAR-OLD TREF IN THE COACI ELLA

OFF-SHOOTS BANKED SO AS TO FORM

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