Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal, Volume 4, Number 2, May, 1994 Page: 59
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Colorado County, Texas: Its Health, Climate, Soil, Advantages and Resources
comfortable homes. This is a desirable portion of the county, and well supplied with
schools, churches and store-houses. This settlement is about ten miles from Columbus,
with good roads.
The Sandies are in the extreme South-west corner of the county, and composed of East,
Middle and West Sandy Creeks. There are some good settlements on the Sandies. The
country is well watered and finely timbered, and is considered the best hog-range in
Texas, and is one of the finest hunting grounds for the sportsman. Lands are cheap in
this portion of the county.
There are three beautiful lakes in this county that abound with fish and duck, viz: Adkins'
Lake, Eagle Lake and the Miller Lake.
is six miles from Weimar Depot, 1 /2 miles from the Osage Institute, and twelve miles
from Columbus. The Lake is in the shape of a horse shoe, about 1 Y2 miles long, two
hundred and fifty yards wide, and about six feet deep. The country surrounding this Lake
is quite rich, and finely timbered. Some of the most productive and valuable plantations
in the county surround this Lake. Many people from adjoining counties visit this Lake
for its fine fish.
Depot on the Railroad derives its name from this fine Lake. It is about one mile from the
Depot, one mile wide, three miles long and sixteen or eighteen miles South-east from
Columbus. Around this Lake the majestic live-oaks spread their branches far and wide,
the earth is covered spring, summer and winter with green grasses, rendering the whole
one grand, picturesque scene in nature. South of the Lake, and between the Lake and
the Colorado river, are to be found one of the best farming countries in all Texas. Nature
never brought together and compounded in her great laboratory a more fertile and
productive soil. These lands before the war could have been sold for $50 or $100 gold
per acre, are now only worth $10 or $15. These rich soils cannot remain at these low
prices long. The Lake is much resorted to for its fine trout and perch. The prairies North,
East and West of Eagle Lake Depot are undulating and productive. There are many fine
plantations near this Lake; and the people are thriving and industrious. Many good
citizens from Illinois and Pennsylvania are settling near this Lake.
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