"It was an old fashioned little placeone of the early settlements. Close behind rose a steep, lofty mountain ridge. Tall Lombardy poplars lined the streets and stood in stately rows along the borders of the fields, while houses nestled amid apple, cherry, peach, and other fruit trees. The dwellings were apt to be small, but their vernal setting of trees and vines made them quite idyllic. Irrigation ditches networked the whole region, and the lifegiving water flowed in swift streams on one side or the other of every street. In the open country roundabout were broad acres of wheat and alfalfa, and luscious pastures."