ARIZONA AT 100

Railroad man touted Tucson's farm potential

2012-01-07T00:00:00Z Railroad man touted Tucson's farm potentialArizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
January 07, 2012 12:00 am  • 

In leading up to Arizona's centennial, Feb. 14, we'll reprint a story or excerpts each day from the Arizona Daily Star or Tucson Citizen archives.

Dec. 7, 1912

R.J. Clancy, of San Francisco, assistant to the general manager of the Southern Pacific, arrived in the city yesterday morning and spent the day here conferring with local officials of the road. He will leave this morning for the west. As assistant to the general manager, Mr. Clancy has jurisdiction over seven thousand miles of road and this is one of his little seven thousand-mile journeys.

"On this trip I have been greatly impressed with the agricultural possibilities of the southwest, including Arizona and New Mexico," said Mr. Clancy. "I saw there some of the most remarkable demonstrations of scientific farming that I have ever seen. Farmers are getting rich. One that I know of had harvested twenty two tons of maize to the acre.

"I have heard of the farming project near the city of Tucson and I hope that it will be successful. All that is needed is water and the most modern methods of securing it are being used.

"The best prospects for the small farmer in the United States are right here in Arizona, and appreciation of this fact is gradually growing but I believe that you here in Tucson do not appreciate it as much as you should. Right now there is enough irrigable land here to support fifty thousand farmers and to sustain more than two million people."

About politics Mr. Clancy was reticent, saying only that he believed that capital should be encouraged to come to the state rather than be driven away by radical laws. "Arizona is a new country and its history is in the future and development is what is needed more than anything else," he concluded.

- Arizona Daily Star

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