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The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 63, July 1959 - April, 1960

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

of the succeeding volumes. Volume II, Economic Potential of the
Texas Gulf Basin, analyzes the major factors that are likely to
affect economic growth. Volume III, Trading Areas in the Gulf
Basin, presents a detailed economic study of the Basin's sixteen
trading areas: Fort Worth, Dallas, Tyler, Longview-Marshall,
Waco, Palestine, Lufkin, Middle Sabine, Austin, Bryan, Hous-
ton, Lower Sabine, San Antonio, Victoria, Corpus Christi, and
the Lower Valley. For each of these areas data are presented con-
cerning agriculture, basic and dependent manufacturing, popu-
lation, and employment. Volume IV, Water Requirements in the
Texas Gulf Basin, focuses attention on present water use and pos-
sible requirements for the next fifty years. Water consumption in
1954 is used as a benchmark with the extrapolation to the year
201oo based on the probable industrial and population growth of
each of the sixteen trading areas.
As one would expect, all the trading areas of the Basin will
have an increase in total water consumption between 1954 and
2olo. The average percentage gain in this period is expected to
be approximately 39 per cent. The major areas of water con-
sumption in 1954 such as Houston and Dallas are expected to
show average gain, while the areas of smaller consumption in
1954 will gain less than the average with the exception of those
located nearest the coast. The largest percentage gains between
1954 and o01o are expected to be in the Lower Valley, Victoria,
Lower Sabine, and Corpus Christi.
For the first time, data of this type and scale have been com-
piled for the Basin area. The major strength of this detailed and
comprehensive study resides in its clarification as to the prob-
lems of population and employment in the Basin and in its sub-
divisions and, more important perhaps, its forecasts as to trends
in manufacturing and agriculture. No serious student of the prob-
lems and future of Texas, whether he be historian, economist, or
geographer, can afford to neglect it. LORRIN KENNAMER
University of Texas
The Life of George Fisher (1795-1873) and the History of the
Fisher Family in Mississippi. By Mary Fisher Parmenter,
Walter Russell Fisher, and Lawrence Edward Mallette. Jack-
sonville, Florida (H. and W. B. Drew Company), 1959- Pp.


Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 63, July 1959 - April, 1960. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. Accessed May 6, 2016.

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