The 1928 Texas Almanac and State Industrial Guide Page: 48
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THE TEXAS ALMANAC.
Marketing tomatoes at Jacksonville, (Cherokee (County, in Easht Texas. Lying in
Cherokee and Smith Counties is one of the important early to mato producing areas of
the United States.
grown on dry farms. In fact, there is
much cotton growing throughout the belt
except east of Houston, where compara-
tively little is produced at present, al-
though potentially this is also a cotton
The big rice crop of Texas is grown on
the lower coastal plain along the courses
of the Colorado, Brazes. Trinity. Neches
and other streams where water is avail-
able for flooding the fields. There is also
a large cattle raising industry.
In this belt lies one of the major oil
producing regions of the United States.
The Pine Belt.
Lying north of the lower coastal plain
and extending westward from the Louis-
iana border for a distance of 75 to 100
miles is the pine belt of East Texas, an
extension of the great Southern pine belt.
The soils are alluvial in the bottom lands
and sandy on the uplands. Longleaf,
shortleaf and loblolly pine grow here and
a variety of hardwoods and there is a
large lumbering industry. In the middle
and northern portions of this territory
farming is highly developed, producing
cotton, corn and a variety of truck crops,
including melons, tomatoes, sweet pota-
toes, peaches and some other fruits on a
comparatively large scale for market.
The rainfall varies from thirty-five to
forty inches, being slightly heavier on the
eastern border. There is considerable
farming in the southern part of the belt,
but not so well developed as in the north-
ern section. Live stock raising is general
on the farms. The pine belt ranges in al-
titude from about 100 feet in the south-
ern end to a general level of about 450 in
the northern section, with some elevations
reaching 600 feet or more on the uplands
between the river valleys.
Much lignite, iron ores and clays are
found in this territory and some oil and
gas ale produced.
Immediately west of the pine belt lies
the postoak belt, which differs physio-
graphically little from the pine belt. It
is less sandy in the uplands and with a
good deal of loam. Postoak and other
hardwoods cover much of the territory,
with some open plrairies. Cotton and corn
growing and live stock raising are the
principal industries. The elevation is gen-
erally between 200 and 600 feet and the
belt extends southwestward bordering the
lower coastal plain after swinging away
from the pine belt. Rainfall ranges from
thirty to thirty-eight inches, being light-
est in the southwestern section, which ex-
tends into South Central Texas.
The llack-Land Prairies.
Next above the postoak belt is the black-
land prairie region, a narrow strip of land
extending from the vicinity of San An-
tonio and Live Oak County northeastward
to the Red River. This is an open coun-
try with an elevation lof from 400 to 700
feet as a rule. It is open except along the
streams and is intensively cultivated in
most sections, especially the middle and
northern Iparts. Cotton is the principal
product, although much corn is grown and
there is a general live stock industry.
Oats and wheat are produced also on
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The 1928 Texas Almanac and State Industrial Guide, book, 1928~; Dallas, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth123786/m1/51/: accessed July 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.