The Promontory-Curlew Land Company : Promoting Dry Farming in Utah
Utah Historical Quarterly
In order to sell land in a remote and arid area in Utah, the Promontory-Curlew Land Company promoted dry farming. A town was formed and named Howell after Joseph Howell, Utah congressman, 1902-16, and president of the land company. Most of the land purchasers were Mormons because isolationism did not bother them. The Church fulfilled social needs among the members. When dry farming was not successful, the company tried to sell the land for any profitable use. Finally, they promoted the sale of oil, gas, and mineral rights. The land company was able to realize a profit on their investment; however, the dry farm promotion was less successful.