1849 was the California gold rush. The early 20th century was the Texas oil boom. 1919 was… the Pacific Northwest apple boom?!
Orchards which a few years ago could be purchased for $200 and $300 an acre are today bringing $2,000 to $2,500 an acre. Boxes of apples which the grower considered profitable if sold at 75 cents and $1 per box, a good profit, are today selling at $3 and $5. There are indications that by Winter a higher price will be paid.
What about today? According to USApple, the top 10 apple-producing states today include all three which could be considered the Pacific Northwest: Washington at #1, California at #5, and Oregon at #8.
Golden Apples in the Great Northwest: Boom Has Struck Fruit-Growing Country, Indians and Ranchers Are Investing Sudden Profits in Motor Cars, and Some Trolley Lines Are Going Out of Business
Published: Sunday, October 12, 1919