The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 29, July 1925 - April, 1926 Page: 54
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
pockets of the limestone hills, buried near the disappeared graves
and the cave and dug-out homes of these early settlers.)
Who were these colonists and what iMoses led them into the
In 1850, the English Universal Immigration (Company bar-
gained for a body of land of 27,000 acres in what was known as
the Milam land district, cut in that same year into a number of
counties. The tract purchased lay just above McLennan County,
and later upon the creation of Bosque County became a part of
the newer unit. The land was sold by Richard B. Kimball of
New York City, Number 29 Wall Street; it included the well
known Kimball's bend and extended along the Brazos on the west
side of the river with a water frontage of about thirty miles. The
plans of the company were comprehensive, although they only began
to carry the plans out.
In the latter part of 1850, they sent over about thirty families,
a hundred or a hundred and twenty-five souls. More were to ol-
low. Here among the Brazos hills they laid off in fine style, the
hopeful "City of Kent." The first log cabin was built just at
the foot of the mountain christened by them "Solomon's Nos,,"
and the main street was a pass between the mountains along the
Brazos. All lots, cross streets, etc., were measured accurately ind
marked with cedar stakes, many of which remained in evidence
until a decade or so ago. The town tract proper embraced a3out
forty acres while more was divided into small farms. Excdlent
farming land lay both north and south of the City of Kent in the
The first printed intimation of the proposed colony comes though
an article published in the Texas State Gazette of Novembr 10,
We have been allowed to make the following extract from letters
addressed to our fellow-citizen, Dr. Joseph Rowe by a friend of
his in Birmingham, England, and dated July 24 and Auist 20,
[There are two paragraphs here about examinations nade by
"our company" in different parts of Texas.]
We are at present turning our thoughts to some section of land
on the highest navigable point of either the Trinity, the Brazos
or the Colorado, at least three hundred miles from the coast, in a
direct line as the crow flies. We are aware that for tade, the
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