The 1928 Texas Almanac and State Industrial Guide Page: 46
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THE TEXAS ALMANAC.
Huge pecan tree in the heart of the Texas pecan belt, San Saba County. The pecan
is the Texas State tree.
definition of "raw materials" it may be
said that Texas is primarily a raw ma-
terial producer. It gets a gross income
annually of about $650,000,000 to $1,000,-
000,000 from its crops, probably $100,000,-
000 to $200,000,000 from its live stock,
from $250,000, ,00 to $375,000,000 from its
minerals, largely petroleum, and about
$50,000,000 from its timbers. Texas pro-
duces about 7 iper cent of the raw mate-
rials produced in the entire United States,
on basis of value. It has almost 9 per
cent of the area of the United States and
has about 4.5 per cent of the population.
The annual value of products manufac-
tured in Texas is slightly above one bil-
lion dollars, of which about $330,000,000 is
credited by the Bureau of the Census to
"value added by manufacture." Texas
does about 1.6 per cent of the manufactur-
ing in the United States, accepting as a
basis for this estimate the total value of
manufactured products. Petroleum refin-
ing, lumbering, cottonseed oil products
manufacturing, flour and grist milling,
and meat packing are among the leading
industries and account for more than half
of the total value of products, although
there are several hundred classifications
of manufacturing in Texas.
A Rural State.
Texas is primarily a rural State, and it
will continue for some time to be to a
large extent a rural State for the reason
that there is so( much undeveloped but good
farming land that the farming population
will continue to keep !pace with urban
population even though the latter in-
creases rapidly. While there is a rapid de-
velopment of the manllfacturing indus-
tries, there is a corresponding increase in
farming principally through the addition
of millions of acres of land to the culti-
Live Stock iRaising.
The live stock industry has changed
greatly in aspect during recent years in
most sections of the State. Although
there are sections of Texas where the big
ranch will continue to ,exist, the future
greatness of the Texas live stock industry
,will depend upon intensive production
methods. The stock farm will replace the
big ranch and the dairy, poultry and swine
raising inditustries will develop to greater
A glance at the statistics on mineral
production in T,xais given on another
page of this volume will show that Texas
has developed more rapidly in this indus-
try than any other. It is due primarily,
of course, to discovery of petroleum in
many sections of the State. However, the
increase due to petroleum discoveries is
so large that it entirely overshadows
what might otherwise be considered a
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The 1928 Texas Almanac and State Industrial Guide, book, 1928~; Dallas, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth123786/m1/49/: accessed August 16, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.