Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal, Volume 4, Number 2, May, 1994 Page: 61
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Colorado County, Texas: Its Health, Climate, Soil, Advantages and Resources
is becoming more and more reliable in this county. The immigration moving into this
county every fall and winter will soon supply this great want. White labor is preferable,
and always in demand.
PRICE OF LIVE STOCK.
Mules, horses and cattle are plentiful in this county, and can be bought at
the following prices: Mules are worth from $40 to $65; horses from $25 to $100; oxen,
per yoke, $30 to $50; milk cows, (Texas) $10 to $15; beef cattle, five years, old $12
to $18; hogs, one year old $4 to $10 per head, owing to quality and condition; sheep,
(Texas,) $2 to $2.50. For the past few years much improved stock has been imported
into this county from Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky and other Eastern States. Colorado
county affords a fine range for hogs, and they are now being raised to great advantage
and profit. The Poland China, Improved Berkshire, Essex and Suffolk can now be seen
at many of the farm houses in this county. The hog certainly occupies a prominent place
in every branch of domestic economy and commerce, and we earnestly hope in a few
years not a pound of bacon or lard will be imported into this county, but the farmers will
make their own bacon at home, and not depend upon Western bacon for plantation
PRICES OF LANDS.
The price of lands in this county varies according to location and quality.
Lands in cultivation, well improved, near Columbus and on the Railroad, are worth from
$10 to $25 per acre. Farther from market and Railroad facilities the lands are cheaper.
Unimproved lands can be bought from $1 to $10 per acre. The improvement of lands
by the various processes of fertilization is never resorted to in this county. There are
many farms in this county that have been in cultivation from twenty to forty years
without a year's rest, and not a pound of manure or fertilization of any kind has ever been
placed upon it, and these very lands produce annually from forty to sixty-five bushels
of corn per acre; cotton, sugar, peas, oats, millet, potatoes, &c., in proportion. The lands
are rich, and the soil from ten to twenty feet deep, therefore inexhaustible.
GEORGE W. BREEDING
the acting and efficient agent at Columbus, has furnished us with the following facts in
regard to the shipment on the G., H. & S. A. Railroad, &c., for the past twelve months,
beginning July 1st, 1875, and ending June 30th, 1876:
9,831 bales of cotton.
123,500 pounds of hides.
1,635 pounds of wool.
10,600 pounds of broom straw.
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