National Geographic : 1952 Nov
Irrigation from the Yakima River is the source of present pros perity. In the shadow of sere brown mountains, all kinds of fruits and vege tables thrive. The incred ibly rich soil was cast up eons ago as volcanic ash when Mount Rainier, which lifts its detruncated snow crown on the hori zon, erupted and blew off about 2,000 feet of its top. Yakima, less than an hour's drive to the south by a highway winding along the river canyon through breath-taking scenery, is truly a wonder city, the center of a green oasis conjured by irriga tion from the sagebrush. Here are produced enor mous quantities of peaches, apricots, plums, apples, pears, cherries, grapes, and nuts as well as vegetables, sugar beets, wheat, hops, and other crops. Hundreds of railroad refrigerator cars move out of Yakima in the fruit season, and the smooth paved highways are crowded with trucks car rying produce to Seattle. In the autumn big apple boxing and shipping plants employ armies of workers, and canneries hum with activity most of the year (page 592). Community spirit is re markable. In the early 30's construction was started on a big hotel. Depression halted the 573 Pomeroy, U. S. Bureau of Reclamation Tall Corn Waves -> Where Sagebrush Grew This hybrid corn grows on the Bureau of Reclamation's experimental farm near Moses Lake. Its growing season is 120 days, and the yield is 100 bushels or more to the acre. Though virgin soil is 18 to 30 inches deep, it is lacking in nitrates and humus, and fer tilizers must be added for most crops.