While it was from the interior of her mountains that
the chief source of wealth of Alturas County was derived in the
early days, it is those same mountains that furnish the nutritious
grasses that sustain hundreds of thousands of sheep and lambs during
the summer. For many years the lambs from Blaine County have commanded the highest price on the Chicago and other leading markets.
They have also taken many first prizes at various stock shows. The
greatest importers in this county of pure bred sheep are Laidlaw &
Brockie of Muldoon. They have several breeds on their thousands of
acres of good grazing land. They paid $2,000 for one Suffolk ram. It
is the valleys that furnish the soil of her productive farms and
ranches of today.
The valleys produce good crops of wheat, barley,
oats, potatoes, tomatoes, beans, turnips and corn, and are
especially adapted to the raising of alfalfa. Great and lucrative as
mining has proved and is proving, farming and stock raising that
Blaine County, although making great improvements in the matter of
roads and bridges, is at the same time gradually reducing her
indebtedness. It would seem that the building of bridges and cost of
maintaining roads would gradually decrease in the near future, and
as a consequence, that there will be lower taxes. We look hopefully
to the future.
A brief resume of the indebtedness of Blaine County
on January 11, 1930, is herewith given. The bonded debt of Blaine
County on January 11, 1930, was $235,400.00, of which Butte and
Camas Counties' share was $14,155.28, leaving the net bonded debt of
Blaine county $221,244.72. During the year 1930, there will fall due
bonds amounting to the sum of $29,800.00, the greater part of which
has already been paid, and the remainder will be paid as it falls
due. There is no county warrant indebtedness.