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Title: Our western empire, or, The new West beyond the Mississippi : the latest and most comprehensive work on the states and territories west of the Mississippi : containing the fullest and most complete description, from official and other authentic sources, of the geography, geology and natural history (with abundant incidents and adventures), the climates, soil, agriculture, the mineral and mining products, the crops, and herds and flocks, the social condition, educational and religious progress, and future prospects of the whole region lying between the Mississippi and Pacific Ocean : to which is added the various routines, and prices of passage and transportation for emigrants thither, the laws, regulations and provisions for obtaining lands from the national or state government of railroads, counsel as to locations and procuring lands, crops most profitable for culture, mining operations, and the lastest processes for the reduction of gold and silver, the exercise of trades or professions, and detailed descriptions of each state ad territory, with full information concerning Manitoba, British Columbia, and those regions in the Atlantic States adapted to settlement, by those who do not wish to go west, and statistics of crops, areas, rainfall, etc.
Year: 1881 (1880s)
Authors: Brockett, L. P. (Linus Pierpont), 1820-1893
Publisher: Philadelphia : Bradley, Garretson & Co. Columbus, O. : W. Garretson & Co.
Contributing Library: Harold B. Lee Library
Digitizing Sponsor: Brigham Young University
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e fish of Kansas are several species of perch,sunfish, catfish, roach, black bass, one or two species of trout, etc.Shad, salmon, salmon trout, grayling, an eastern species of blackbass, etc., have been introduced through the Fish Commission,but the success of these introductions is not yet fully demon-strated. The reptiles are much the same as those of Arkansasand Missouri. Nahiral Curiosities and Phenomena.—In a prairie State likeKansas there are comparatively few of these. The most re-markable are the Monument Rocks in Gove county, the PulpitRock in Ellsworth county, the Rock City, and the PerforatedRock near by, in Ottawa county, the Table Rock in Lincolncounty, and the masses of gypsum and selenite in the gypsumbeds. Some of the fossil bones of vertebrates in the tertiary hadbeen so thoroughly slllcified as to be converted Into moss agatesof great beauty. This is particularly the case In Wallace andSheridan counties. The moss agates of that region, not fossils,are very perfect.
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^K^^ RUSSIAN VILLAGE. KANSAS—A DUG-OUT—HAYlNc; CLIMATE OF KANSAS. 86? Clijnate and Meteoj^ology.—No State in the Union, certainlynone in Our Western Empire, has been so thorough in record-ing its climatic changes as Kansas. This has been due largely,indeed almost entirely, to the persistent and untiring efforts ofthe excellent Secretary of the State Board of Agriculture, thelate Hon. Alfred Gray, to whom not only the State but agricul-turists and scientists everywhere owe a debt of gratitude whichcan never be fully repaid. His admirable reports, prepared withso much labor and with such accuracy and completeness amidgreat bodily suffering and wasting disease, attest alike his philan-thropy and his devotion to his work. We may say in generalthat the climate of Kansas is a very desirable one. The summermonths are in most parts of the State rather hot, the averagemean temperature being for June about 75°, for July about 84.5°,and for August about 77.5°. The extremes of the winter
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