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74 THE TEXAS ALMANAC-1929.
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Mountalins of the Trans-Peens region. T hile-fuee castle in foregrounld.
like $1,000,000 daily. Life insurance in
force in Texas was $341,000,000 in 1914
and $2,000,000,000 in 1926. Since 1915 the
total value of annual manufactures has
increased from $361,279,000 to $1,237,000.-
000, the last figure being for 1925, the
latest available from the United States
Bureau of the Census. Between the cen-
sus years 1923 and 1925 the total value
of Texas manufactures increased from
$969,556,000 to $1,237,000,000, only two or
three States having a larger net increase
or a larger percentage of increase. Prac-
tically all of the highway improvement
in Texas has been accomplished in the
last ten years. Turn where you will to
statistics on Texas and in nearly every
instance the sharply upturning curve
dates from about 1915. Of course this is
true to some extent because of the gen-
eral process of inflation that began about
that time and has not subsided to pre-
war normal, but even after detracting for
the process of inflation still Texas shows
phenomenal development. Texas has trav-
eled farther since 1910 than in all its
Growth of Cities.
One of the most significant things
about the recent rapid development of
Texas has been the growth of some of its
cities. The census of 1920 showed that
during the preceding decade Houston had
increased 75.2 per cent in population;
Dallas, 72.6 per cent; San Antonio, 67 per
cent, and Fort Worth, 45.2 per cent. Then
were seventy citit s in the United State
in the 100,000 population class, accordiq
to the census of 1920; only eight of them
other than the Texas cities, had increase
as much as any one of the four 100.,01
population class Texas cities mentioned
above. Among smaller Texas cities Wich
ita Falls had increased 388.8 per cent h
population; El, Poso, 97.4 per cent, ai
Beaumont, 95.S per cent. There has bee
no actual count of population since 1921
but the estimates of the United State
Bureau of the Census indicate that tN
growth of these cities has not slackenet
Among some of the secondary cities, sud
as Amarillo, Abilene and Lubbock, rece
growth has been phenomenal. Amarills
has fully three times its some 16,000 pop
ulation of 1920.
And no State or Nation is greater than
its cities. Texas has needed cities. I:
has needed city population to consume its
farm products and encourage a diversified
farm program to get the farmer away
from the evil of sole dependence on cot
ton. Texas has needed the services ati
leadership that the big city brings. The
development of these nerve centers eo
commerce and finance in recent years hal
marked the real beginning of a long an.
ticipated acceleration of commercit
To what is Texas looking forward? It
Here’s what’s next.
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