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Resources of California: Prepared in Conformity with a Law Approved March 11, 1893 H H Markham

Resources of California: Prepared in Conformity with a Law Approved March 11, 1893

H H Markham

Published September 27th 2015
ISBN : 9781331978558
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178 pages
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Excerpt from Resources of California: Prepared in Conformity With a Law Approved March 11, 1893The Legislature of the State of California, at its last session, passed an Act which provides that the Governor is authorized and empowered to prepare,MoreExcerpt from Resources of California: Prepared in Conformity With a Law Approved March 11, 1893The Legislature of the State of California, at its last session, passed an Act which provides that the Governor is authorized and empowered to prepare, or have prepared, a volume expository of the resources of the State of California, for the purpose of distribution at the Worlds Columbian Exposition.The present volume is issued in compliance with such law. According to the best advice which I could obtain, it was thought best to present a succinct description of each county, which should include such an account of its area, population, chief industry of the inhabitants, climate and soils, as would assist the intending settler, before leaving his home in the East for California, in forming his judgment as to which part of the State offered immediate advantages in the pursuit of the vocation he chose to follow.It is impossible, with the limited appropriation made, having in view the necessity of a large edition of the work, to present, even in the briefest form, a statement of all the resources of the State, which are boundless.In no State do so many opportunities offer to engage the energies of man. The Sierra Nevada Mountains contain a belt, situated in the most enjoyable climate in the world, which for 400 miles in length is fairly reticulated with gold-bearing quartz lodes open to free exploitation. The State abounds in nearly every known mineral. The soils of the valleys and mountains are adapted to the growth of fruits of sub-tropical and temperate zones. The waters of thirty-four streams flow from varying altitudes in the mountains to the plains below, ready to supply illimitable power by that most potent agency, electricity, to mechanical and manufacturing operations. The task of presenting even a resume of our resources being inexpedient, it was thought best to direct attention to the present and most important fields of industry, believing that for many years to come they will offer ample opportunity for the investment of capital and the expenditure of the best and most profitable industrial energies. There has been no attempt at mere literary display. The effort has been in the direction of marshaling facts.from which the reader may draw his own conclusions. The various subjects have been treated by gentlemen of State-wide reputation, each of whom is especially fitted by experience and learning to write upon the matter submitted to him.I selected as the editor Mr. E. W. Maslin, Secretary of the California State Board of Trade, a gentleman whose office and practical experience fitted him for the task, and all the statements made have been verified by him. There has been no exaggeration. The gentlemen whose pens were engaged in this work were impressed with the importance that nothing should they extenuate nor set down aught but plain, unvarnished facts.I believe that more harm than good has been done by the stories of exuberant vegetable growths and wonderful yields of grain and fruit. It is true that a prune tree has yielded 1,100 pounds of fruit, and that an acre of land has produced 18 tons of grapes, but it is not true of the average tree or vine. The Californian believes these statements, because they are common enough in this State to cause no surprise- but when such statements are sent to the East, they are apt to be so made as to induce the belief that such yields are common and may be relied upon. The truth about California is enough to be told.More attention has been given to horticulture than to any other branch of industry, because it is destined to be the basic industry of the State, and because it is most attractive to intelligent minds.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com