Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal, Volume 4, Number 2, May, 1994 Page: 63
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Colorado County, Texas: Its Health, Climate, Soil, Advantages and Resources
to settle in our midst, and bring into cultivation these rich and productive lands. Colorado
county will be made to bloom as the rose, and pour into the lap of commerce her millions
of rich and valuable productions.
There is no country on earth superior to Colorado county for grape growing.
Most every variety of grapes do well. I have a variety of grapes in my garden, grafted
upon the Mustang grape root, and some of them grew sixty feet during the summer of
1876. The wild Mustang grape grows to perfection on the rich bottom lands, and along
the banks of the small streams, and, indeed, they are strong growers, and prolific bearers
on the post-oak lands. The wine made from the Mustang grape is a beautiful dark claret
in color, and delicious enough to make a lean, lank Frenchman smack his lips over it.
Hundreds of barrels of wine can be made from this grape every summer in
this county that would prove a source of great profit. The Mustang vine is often seen
in our bottoms measuring from six to ten inches in diameter, sufficiently large for fence
rails, and are often used for that purpose. The attention of the horticulturist and fruit
grower is especially invited to this county.
By grafting, the best table and wine grape into the Mustang, a good vineyard
is soon secured that will pay a handsome profit for the small amount of trouble and labor
bestowed. We invite correspondence upon this subject, especially as a large fortune is
near at hand for some enterprising person that will go into this business.
The assessed value of property in this county is about $3,500,000. This
county is out of debt, and it is our boast that our people are peaceful, prosperous, kind
TITLES TO LANDS
are good, generally with an unbroken chain from the government. Titles are easily traced
from the government, and with ordinary diligence and care, there can be no danger in
buying lands in Colorado county. I would say, however, prudence and care are cardinal
virtues in every transaction of life.
The county is well watered by streams and springs. The principal rivers and
streams are the Colorado and Navidad Rivers, Cummins' Creek, Rocky or Harvey's
Creek, Ratliff's Creek, Skull Creek, Sandy Creek and others.
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