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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 18, 1909, Lethbridge, Alberta THE lAitY tATUMDAY, DKCEMIEM 1 1 I I i Introductory Statement I Within the past seven or eight years a mighty tide of immigration has steadily flowed into Western Canada. With a rapidity of movement such as the world has never seen before, this tide has flowed across the wide fertile provinces of Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta, peopling this splendid new empire with the very pick of the world's manhood. Each year has added to the volume of this movement; each year has proved more clearly the unequalled fertility and richness of the land. I I w. Tliis tide of settlement has meant first of all, a great agricultural building of thousands of farm homes, the breaking of millions of acres of 'grain land. But in addition it has meant, and more than It means today, something besides this. It means the Building of Great Cities As surely as agricultural land is settled and turned to man's uses', as surely as the wheat rises from the ground just so surely will centres of wealth and distribution be required. These centres will not be good sized towns merely, but cities Of metropolitan importance. A veritable empire exists is this broad expanses of Western Canadian empire now indeed fast rising into imperial importance. We see the wealth of land before our eyes. Tear by year, we see the wealth of immigration an ever rising flood, pressing upon it. To SUppOSS that this great land can exist without great cities, is to close one's eyes to the history of all development. The large cities of the Western portion of the United States have been built within a few years by the wealth of their surrounding territory. In every rspect TVestern Canada has been proved to be the equal or the superior of the territory which has made these American cities great. History repgats itself and repeats itself at an ever increasing rate of speed. b lancing at the map of West- ern Canada, we see at once that some six or seven centres of wealth and distribution will be required, to focu's its ac- tivities and to serve as clearing-houses for the wealth of its resources. The lines of transportation, the forces of industry, have already marked out the localities of these centres. Each will rise into wealth and importance in propor- tion to the natural resources of the district which it com- mands. TEis is the Srst of a series of articles in ire shall outline to you from '-lay to the causes wLicl: indicate that Lcthbridge is to be one of Western Canada's great citias, its increase nc compared iritJi other cities, its fun- damental resources, its certain destiny in the light of the past and present and the course which this growth and de- velopment must take. Lethbridge is marked out by Destiny to be one oi these great cities. The district of .which it is the centre is a Kingdom in itself and'with more than many a Kingdom's riches. Prom a point about midway in Southern Saskatchewan through Alberta and the Crow's Nest Pass into East Kootenay, and within a north and south. radius sweeping from ap- proximately High Rier to the International boundary line; there is comprised a region which in, size and richness ranks upon a par with any portion of the continent. Perhaps no other district of equal size on the earth's surface has shown within the past few years so consistent, so rapid, and so substantial a growth. Of this region Lethbridge is nec- essarily the centre and capital. Its position is strategic. It ft'olds the key to the vast resources of this dis- trict. It commands tne- lines of transportation. It has already gained ths lead to which its posi- tion entitles it. Its future is one with the future of this great region and Its dsstiny is therefore certain. KflTE THESE GQMPAR8SONS: Kansas City is a metropolis of some people. Its wealth has been built almost entirely by the coru and stock of Southern Nebraska, Kansas and the portions of the states just adjoining. This district is no larger and no richer agriculturally or in minerals than is the Territory of Lethbridge. The combined cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis, with half a million inhabitants reach across and serve the wheat growing states of Minnesota, and the. distance approximately equal to that pointed out above as legiti- mately within the sphere of Lethbridge. The so-called "Inland Empire" has made Spokane into a city of within a few years. It is less in area and certainly no greater in resources than the region command- ed by Lethbridge. Wherein lies the difference? In this one single respect: These districts are older; their ckies have si- ready had time to-take on theilr growth. They are already well advanced along the road upon which IB now Just entering. In every new country the first energy of the settlers is necessarily devoted to the opening of the land, the mines, the farms. Within this early period, little time remains over for the development of the central city. This latter must get along as best it can, humming with trade it is true, but to the casual eye giving little indication of its potential greatness. This has been the case Hiherto with South Western Canada. Its central cities have been little more than overgrown villages. BUT WE ARE NOW ENTERING OX THE 7KR2SX- OLD OF A PEEJ8D The Innd has begun to yield its wraith in full This wealth must find its way into the channels of trade. Within the next few years the almost boundless resources of Southern Alberta and the Crow's Nest must infallibly lay the foundations of a GREATEK LETHBRIDGE, a city whose population will be numbered not in the tens of thou- sands, but in the hundreds of capital worthy of its Kingdom. The STANDARD SECURITIESCOMPANY have for some time past been making a careful investigation of the CITIES of the West. In this investigation, they: have made a study of VICTORIA, EDMON- TON, CALGART, LETHBBIDGE, EEGlte and WIJST-- NIPEG. A forecast of the future of Canada is best made in the light of what has been accjDniplished in siinilar of the United States. The letter has already largely cov- ered the Era of Development upon which Canada' is entering. With this idea in view, a study lias been made of the larger cities of the Vestern particular St. Paul, Minneapolis, Kansas City, Spokane, Seattle and Portland. After carefully weighing the evidence, the conclusion is inevitable that- LETHBRIDGE today offers a greater opportunity, that it holds a more certain promise of growth than any other city of the West. By this we do not for a moment mean to say that Lethbridge will be the largest, or most important city of Western Canada. Nor would >we attempt to assign to it any definite rank in the scale of the cities named above. There is scarcely a possibility for example'that Lethbridge will ever rival either Winnipg or Vancouver. THAT, HOWEVER, IS NOT THE POINT. It is immaterial to the investor whether his money is placd in the largest city or the second or third largest city. It is the ratio Of increase in value that he is looking for. In fact the largest cities are very seldom the best field for investment; because there, values have already -risen to an almost prohibitive point. It is the smaller place, the embryo city on the eve of a great development, that offers the richest field for profitable returns. In this respect, we believe Lethbridge to be unique. Hanking as it does, in the same class as the cities named above, ths.t is as the centre of a district equal in every respect to those older districts which have already built cities of from to still offers the opportunity of the "ground bridg-e still permits the investor to foresee the develop- ment and to "get in" before it has taken place. The growtii of Lethbridge during the past four or five years has been very rapid and vronderfully even. Though backed by such great resources it has never known a suggestion of inflated on the contrary, values have act kept pace with its growth. Alone out of the cities named, Lethbridge presents this unique oppor- tunity. Within the next decade, unless we are mistaken, Loth- bridge will attain u growth which will be a revelation even to those familiar with the rapid strides of the West. These concisions have not readied bv haplins- ard guesswork but only after painstaking investigation and comparison along carefully laid out lines. Borne of xthe results of this investigation, we hope to give you in the series of articles mentioned herewith. I i I 1 i ;