"Where the desert has been made to blossom like a rose—Salt River Valley, Arizona"
"From the back of the card: "Within a comparatively few years vast stretches of land in the southwestern United States have been transformed by irrigation from desert wastes into beautiful and productive fields and gardens. Without irrigation these acres spread before us would yield but scanty and dwarfed vegetation, limited almost entirely to sagebrush and cacti..."
Desert wastes? But scanty and dwarfed vegetation?! (with a photo of a tall saguaro dwarfing the man standing next to it) Yep, all that the desert needs to make it beautiful is water (sarcasm). Thank god we've (I hope) turned the corner from this way of thinking. A little research about the company behind this stereograph turns up this website (here), which places this one as having been produced between the years of 1900-1910. The Salt River Valley is in central Arizona and contains the Phoenix metropolitan area.
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