The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 50, July 1946 - April, 1947 Page: 424
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
I believe, however, that the Texas Almanac made a large
indirect contribution to the preservation of important documents
and facts of history, for this reason: Its wide circulation among
all classes of people greatly stimulated interest in, and under-
standing of the value of, early records which might otherwise
have been destroyed through carelessness or ignorance. I be-
lieve that there repose in the libraries and archives of Texas
today many important papers that would have been lost but
for the influence of the Texas Almanac. I state this because I
have seen a number of instances in the files of the News in which
persons had written in response to articles in the Texas Almanac
to call attention to the existence of records in their own or some
But it was as a preserver of the economic history of the
state that the early Texas Almanac served best. I cite one of
many examples: In the Almanac of 1858 is an article of about
four thousand words by George Wilkins Kendall, founder of
the New Orleans Picayune, but then of New Braunfels, giving
the results of his five years of experimentation at sheep raising
in Texas. He writes:
My reasons for starting it were these: I thought that, if in Vermont and
other northern states money could be made by raising sheep where land
is worth from $20 to $60 per acre, and where the farmers are compelled
to toil hard six months in the year to keep their flocks alive the other six,
that it would be far more remunerative in Texas, where the lands could
be purchased at from 50 cents to $1 per acre, and where the animals could
pick their own living almost the year round.
This was a prophetic statement. The region of the Edwards
Plateau lying west of New Braunfels is today the greatest
sheep-raising and wool-producing area of comparable size in
the world. In the Texas Almanac for 1860 is an article by John
A. Black of Austin on the introduction of "The Cashmere Shawl
Goat" into Texas, another prophetic article. Black was actually
interested in, not the true Cashmere as we know it today, but
the fibre-producing goats of Asia Minor. Today Texas is one
of the world's centers of Angora goat raising and mohair
Similar remarks can be made regarding articles in the early
Texas Almanacs on the state's mineral resources. In the Texas
Almanac for 1868, for example, Gideon Lincecum of Longpoint,
a pioneer herb doctor, biologist, geologist, and scientist-in-gen-
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 50, July 1946 - April, 1947, periodical, 1947; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101117/m1/532/: accessed October 20, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.