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|Article Title||"the Railroad Gateway"|
The Command Situation Situa-tion Hint Provo Nalur-ally Nalur-ally Possesses. i Ker Unualsd f 33 nu fact sir ing FjDi.'itioj jnci :-?2r Crow-in Crow-in ' A Yl 33. V; Jja.-niJi. ; ThaRu.iroads .-cnteringHGre With tha Sowers! Other ,' - Projects iiow on Foot. i ; The oiu' pot above all others to cultivate tin .siran;rereomiiig into this ' v;d!.- is. as tin- train emerges from ;... u ',!'. .., -..ti Mil Utah Lake a.i.i -sw.ii . iiie t.p sed to view. Tiii- is ri arm set between liigh mountains. ,i;;t. a ujit.-t beiuitilul 'i- Valley on tl:." east .si !e v. hem t!:e Soil is terl ,; ;i. a ei il Vt.U :i..ke it. l.':aii Lai:'- in . ;;;;.;. ;s ilmay-llve miles long and an average of tenor twelve wide, and is a m:st excellent pheet of water for boating upon, a favorite resort for linliiiig. b;tiiii.g and '."-.-'. bunting. The bike is supplied by the t , w liters of Provo river and a number of ' smaller streams discharging pare nwun tain water into it. thence to drain into Salt Lake timii'i Jordan river. Toe t valley on the east side is from four to J : ' ' ten mih'S wide, and is dotted wills s-ev . ' eral sin;'! li. ii.s.und nii!;:Ci"'.!'is iai !is. . : - making it a veriuit!e. garden :;;ot. To V the east r;s-s ;!i givat Wasatch ran.:t- ' '. ot mountains, bold, precipitous to the ' bight "! ' s.'v. ;! t'irv. 1 '.'e; .i'iuv-:- S '; the valley. i;:: : !,.!!!.;: id : i-1 !-(-';!-. . ; .- ' In the very :;e;jLi'j oi' f !:. v.;;i y . :i i ;1 - at its wi;le :r place. ti-.-tie 1 1'r .' ) I " City, vim';;, l.-eciase v.i .t-i I.c il.-.a. i its iiHtnral resources and the t nfer- I' ; prise of iis citizens, is destined to be- I 1 ' cnn.e prominent ia ihe list of ei;i-s in I ; ' . thir: i n hi h.isin. .;J " - . '. liefore ueseribitig Piov;) City i: will i ' be well to teii .soaieliiing of iu sar- f ' roundisurs. Fuvst of all. it U e :sy of j access he-.-a.ise. of haviir; the ltio I i ( Grande Vv'esder:: H iiiw-iv c')-!ii:!r tniin f '. the East n:d running to Salt L jKeand f Ogden. tlins makit!.ra!) overland ronte, y " , over wbie.h so many people travel. -'! Then via tliis load there is a branch ' - line tapping the rich Sanpete valley, - - and this road is ba'.n- extended through Sevier, valley aul on into the great timber region's at the !iert of ' t . that stream, as well as the immense - , , - coalfields all along this roi.tr. Then Y the Union Pacific in its line from I ' '- s. Ogden and Salt Lake to Milford, ' passes through l'rovo, and when the line is extended a to Los Angeles f ) now in progress .f constriie; ioii, and I.' ' V having over 01 e liund'ed miles ., - gradetJ tliii-vviH JtJsiiJt-ojiie ni.otiier Jr".' ' irariHuoau'tita! rote;-wrT i.-' y-- ' vvt-feru t v;oMi-.-vs t'.-e gH-at ettrus j N Lell . f Aii.ei .cm. mv.'I brninig a june- f, X lion id L':oo wan tMe Hio Gran te N Wiolerii iii! -i.- i0..s;-: :; :onnections. : The J'taJi. i.iv V i-.m r da ll'il- i-. v.-av, a.re.oiy --.rvey d. ; !:-tiei ;:nd aboni. r'.-u-:y to be, in ii.e v.oik ol con-Miiictioii, con-Miiictioii, is d' Siii-.'-'i to oeco lie verv ia-.portant 1 actor in the growth aol prosperity oi Provo City, because here .is to be the eastern terminus and headquarters,- which means the location and operating of lar e machine shops, numeral odices. etc., while the road will tap several ' mineral districts, p .-net rate dense timber regions and pass through rich ; agricultural and grazing lands on its i route suuih west ward to the sea, where ' tte coaiuterce of the world will come iu vessels, and where the products of the orchards will add further business to the road. Then tliere is another road of importance which now : ' promises to s, u b.'.ve a branch to j l'rovo, and which will penetrate great .natural resources. We refer to the Utah Central, under th'J management . uf John W. Young, who is building up . a great svst'jm ot narrow gauge roads, 1 ': CLiiiieetiinr t,ie.t bait Lake wit'. Sail 1 i,aue Citv. i'auc i ;iy, iicU-r 'iy and I : Various pyml-. e.,si - ; " d into Colunuio. V ; i Jiew ilexieo ai.d 'i'txas, while one id -J' its stems A'lll come d wn l'rovo river through its beaut: i ul canon and ma';- iiiticent scenery to Tiovo City, to winch tiie creat mineral and timber wealth of the country tapped by this system can be brought to enric'a and build up the ctv. Hesides these roads is the i'rovo-Tintic raiiroad. to run from l'rovo. through Springville, Spanish Font, ii eujaaun, i'aysou, and on to the greatest mining camp in the Wet. Tins road is now Oein; surveyed, sur-veyed, and grading is to commence March 1st. liven the beautiful hike we have described i? :.o lie j ut to use for ent iching the ui; 1... ....i h ug up jievv avenues of travel and ireighting, as weil as to add pleasure. In con- uection with the excellent street rail-1 way line already extended to thj lake - a steam packet line is to be established to ruti from Provo City to the toath end of the lake, there to connect with a Htage and lrei-hting line running to the great Tintic mining district, Uius brin-jcing Eureka, Mam. notn and Silver Citv into closer communicti in vvuh J'rovo. at a large a.n oi business. The Tiutie oreso the southwest being highly silicious ;ue just what is wanted to inx with the smelting o:es . , ot Fark City for case of reduction, and l'rovo being so favorably situated halt way between the two places, w. 11 be-' be-' come a favor tc. point for t lie location of a large smeiting plant, which will also draw oies Irmn ttie great Horn Silver at Frisco and from other points. A large portion of tha Tintie, Fark .s (jtty and Horn Silver ores are now sent to the smellers Iroui six hundred to a thousand miles away becans- tliere are .... - not .such lacilit es for reduction of - ' ' ore in Utah as l'rovo City should be able to furnish by building works here h i soon as these transportation facilities are arranged. Then the Colorado, Utah & t'acifi'.r. ningfrom Denver proposes to us; tin' ' ovo canon as t'.ieir route because ot "ing the best and easiest route and - through the mountains. This wi: 2.'. e to the city another transconl fici'tii' ro.ute and make it a , gateway t : h'' Valleys. This is a i happy pos.trai i"" town of over six I V thousand i o:ii.!. -i:d which has just j . I taken on a t e ." 1 such as is making itself manif st ia ;ew buildings, new imprbvement- of 'various kinds upon every hand, vh.ie there is coming in a . tide of immigrat ion, bringing progres-; progres-; ' give men and their families to add r greatly to the -city's progress. More j ' ' " 1 , people have come, and more buildings have been erected in the year just closed than in the ten or fifteen previous previ-ous years. This makes Provo City all the nv re desirable for new-comers since there is neither inflation nor the semblance of a boom, but a genuine growth, founded on merit, of which we have mentioned some of the features. fea-tures. Of course values have increased to some extent, but not above the merits of location, position and what '.lie increase of population warrant. a bile realty is now far below what the in' ure promises. Daring the p'sv, jear the s teets have been improved, electric lightioir for streets and houses introduced, and the Crst rapid transit line, built, "extending "ex-tending 'from the -railway depots to various parts of the city, and to the lake shore, in all some ten miles, operated oper-ated by steam dummies. This road has been extended and is now a medium med-ium for hauling uxavel upon the streets and otherwise a s uirce of great convenience to the city and its inhabitants, inhab-itants, an. I it will be extended al-o to 'ake in some of the neighboring towns. T!;;'n an excellent waterworks m su-m ha.-- bte: inaugurr.kd ami w ill .soon be PM in. The citv is now well sttpoii.s; with wholesome water rising from artesian wells with force enough to uach the" upper stones of buildings, and this class of water supply has been m use long enough to force the belief that its source is inexhaustable. llut i he waterworks system will get its supply sup-ply from Provo river, of excellent quality and always a reliable source !'rnm whence to draw, and this without with-out the cost of pumping, since ample ; ead for ail the gravity pressure desired is reached without piping very far. Then again, I he l'rovo river yields a areat power for driving ni ichinery, only a -iraall porti on of which so far been utiiizinl. Tai--. lae.l, a. j with the farther fact that the has' cheap coal, makes it a ixood poha .'or manufacturing enterprise.-. .'w piesent tliere are but few iacterlca while there is room for many. The leading factory is the Provo Woolen Mills, v. hu-h employs p.") op-'rat-u's. a:-. I uses ()(J-.!.(iliO pounils of woo! per ytar. converting U- into j,oils aiued iit !r2j'o,'jii.). it is w: -t is know as a fml etjilit set of fnri-.iii, incii eiirii;-; has forty-live kion.s rn-.-.iig from m-.v-row linsey up lo -e.-l. i'ianke.t.-.; o5t)0 spindles a ! trr:is o;it toim sixteen six-teen to eightta n h.tndred yai i o! goods per day. In kinds f g cds made, it has micheri in patterns up la 59J in number, but now makes about one hundred different puUero.. in goods. These range from the common iir.sey to various cashmeres, ladies' dress goods, gents' suitiius, white and mottled blankets, etc., and including stocking yarns. In fact', line goods of many grades are pr d iced, but never uL'Vthin whicli can be designated as suody." In fact for service thtre is none belter, and this being a great o iu ry for wool, there is room here 8rMK4J .veTo wst. ur.Wwioes, i orders.. Poi is uro a go- d center l;r manu-iaciuriiu manu-iaciuriiu b.ii.o.-i a'io vni -en articles, Lhe present id.oii.isj m'nis l-emg kept o;:y all Vtt lime, i u re is room for more loundri.'o and machine shops, and many other classes of factories. Four banks are doing weii, where less than two years ago mere was onry one. The city organization is complete with a city council, police oflkeis, and full city government, a lire department, depart-ment, etc., while the business j ortion of town is well lighted u eb ciiiciiy, and the fiuauce are in good condition. The educational facilities are good. The Brigham Young Academy will in the near future have magnificent buildings, and an endowed institution: the .New . Wtst Educational Association Associa-tion have a tine building and excellent school, and the public iroe schools are being greatly improved and brought up to a high standard. Good hotels have been prov ded; a line opera bou-:e is well patron iz. d and it druws many of the best companies passing through, and making a stop to till engagements. There are prosperous lodges of Masons, Odd Fellows, K. of P.. and the Mormon, Methodist, Co.igsegatuio.i';, I liaptistand .Swedish Lutheran peo,-! have each good cuurcheo. Proyo beir.g toe seat of justice and i usiness ceuter of Utah county, one of the richest in the TVrritoi y, n.is a good courthouse and jail. The courthouse court-house is used for holding the county and Federal courts in the large courtroom, court-room, while some of the city odice arj iu other parts of the building. There is one daily and three-semi-weekly papers published in Provo. The liuest public institution of the Territory has a beautiful location at the east side of Centre street, the main business thoroughfare, where at the base of the mountain it overlooks the entire city. Lh.s is the Territoria' Asylum, which has hud iu use several yeaia one wing, and to which is now being added tlui main front and a duplicate of the iirst wing, along with a new machine and power house, laundry, etc., at a cost of about $17.5,- 000, making the institution in buddings budd-ings cost something over three hundred hun-dred thousand dollars, and it is so arranged ar-ranged as to add wing after wing in required, while the erounds :uv to he beautified to make it a cred.t to to;.s great Territory. It will be seen by our desripf ion in Proyo City that it is a desirab.e place to reside. It has always been classed as such, but for various reasons, now removed, tliere has beum little progress pro-gress up to two years ago when it began be-gan to attract an enterprising chiss of peaple from the outside, and this has I made a marked change. Business has gone into progressive lines and the s'oresand shops show the same attention atten-tion in fittings and in selection ot goods as is seen elsewhere, while the homes of the people have .changed in appearance appear-ance for better. Last year witnessed nearly three, hundred buildings erected and it is tstimated that over one-fourth million dollars was put into improvements within the city limits, and yet there is a cry and demand for more houses for homes, more storerooms for business, busi-ness, and still more offices for professional profes-sional men and others. To Provo City there has come a season sea-son of prosperity and its merits are sucli as to keep in the condition henceforth, hence-forth, and the promise is god for it to becoins one of the best towns of this basin.