The 1928 Texas Almanac and State Industrial Guide Page: 51
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THE TEXAS ALMANAC.
Street scene in Il ,rtr. iI(luthinSo (ouny111 in the midst of the great oil field in
the Texas I'anhandle. A tfew monthlls before this picture vas taken this location was a
level. hIouseess :past iure land.
ing business. hovowever, and within its
confines e( I many thousands of acres of
fertile lands that will ultimately be de-
voted to cotton growing. The entire ter-
ritory is untderlaid with an inexhaustible
supply of good water and in some areas.
especially in hale ('ounty, it is shallow
enough to make pmnnping for large scale
In the northern part of the great plains
section of Texas there is still much ranch-
ing. especiallyy north of the Canadian. The
Panhandll is the greatest wheat growing
section of T'exa:s, and there is some cot-
ton growing. In the eastern11 part of the
I'anhandle ),lowx the c:p rock the cotton
growing business is highly developed.
One of the greatest gas and petroleum
fields in the .world lies in the Panhandle
north and northeast of Amarillo. Through-
out the plains ciountrlv both the "South
Plains" and in the Panhandle proper there
is a Iarge produtiction of grain sorghums.
WTest of the Pecos liiver lies a great
plateau, a small portion of which along
the lower I'ecos and lio Irande Valleys
is about 2,000 feet above sea level, lut
which generally ranges fr in :,000 to 4,000
feet in altitude with mountain ranges
reaching 6,000, 7,500 and even 9,500 feet.
The live stock raising industry is domi-
nant. Crop growing is generally under
irrigation, for the rainfall ranges from ten
inches to twenty inches, the heavier rain-
fall being in the mountain regions. The
irrigated regions lie in the valley of the
Rio Grande in the vicinity of El Paso
(part of the Elephant Butte project), with
some smaller areas along the Rio Grande
in the Big Bend country, and along the
P'ecos River and two of its tributaries,
the Comanche and Toyah, which are
spring fed. The soils are loams and sands
with a good deal of alkali in the north-
ern part along the New Mexico border.
The Guadalupe, Malone, Quitman and Van
Iorn Mountains in Hudspeth and Culber-
son Counties, the Franklin Mountains in
El Paso County, the Davis Mountains in
Jeff Davis County and the Chinati and
Chisos ranges in Presidio and Brewster
Counties are the principal elevations.
Cotton, alfalfa and a variety of vege-
tables and fruits, including apples and
pears, are grown. The cattle raising in-
dustry is general with a good deal of
sheep raising in Terrell County. There
are evidences of much mineral wealth in
this region. Sulphur has been found in
Reeves and Culberson Counties. Silver is
mined in Presidio County and quicksilver
in Brewster County. There is much fine
granite in this territory and copper, lead.
tin, mica, borax and other minerals are
found. Large petroleum production has
developed along the Pecos River during
the last two years.
One of the most interesting physio-
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