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TOPOGRAPHY OF COUNTRY.
The section of country tributary to San Antonio, including the territory known as the
health district, is largely a stock-raising country. The small valleys are devoted to agriculture,
but, in the main, the counties lying to the north and west are cattle and sheep-raising districts,
given over to pastoral pursuits. The surface of the country between San Antonio and the Gulf
is gently undulating with long stretches of grassy plain and mesquite prairie.
San Antonio, the portal of this health belt, is situated at the head of the valley of the
exceedingly picturesque river bearing the same name, at the very edge of the foothills of the
Guadalupe mountains. Within the city limits these foothills attain an altitude of two hundred
feet above the river bed and from this they go on, steadily increasing in altitude, until the
extreme height of the Pecos Mountain Divide'is attained. And, a feature of especial importance
to the invalid, the country rises from the gently undulating prairie to the wood-crested hills,
from the hills to the mountain top, in such gradual ascent, that every part of it is accessible to
the horseman, the health seeker and the tourist.
The entire country is inade up of grassy lands and stony hills. Its breezes are laden
with ozone from the mountain and plain, wholly free from the effluvia incident to large areas of
cultivated soil. Indeed, Nature has done her effective share toward giving to the lung invalid
a sanitarium meeting every requirement possible for her to supply. It but remains for him to
take advantage of this beneficent gift and avail himself early, before disease has made such
inroads upon him as to render recovery impossible. This done, and none can tell the benefit
certain to accrue to him.
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Fisher, C. E. Queer, Quaint Old San Antonio: Its Climate in Throat and Lung Diseases, book, 1895; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth143545/m1/22/: accessed May 24, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting University of Texas Health Science Center Libraries.