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Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal
POPULATION OF COLORADO COUNTY.
The population of Colorado county is about 22,000-14,000 whites, 8,000
blacks. The whites are rapidly increasing in population, (owing to the great influx of im-
migration, to the county) and the blacks are rapidly decreasing.
THE COLUMBUS IRON BRIDGE
is one of the most substantial and beautiful bridges in the State. It spans the Colorado
river North of the City of Columbus, about three-quarters of a mile from the Courthouse.
This bridge was built during the year 1875, by private enterprise, "The Columbus Iron
Bridge Company." It speaks well for the enterprise and progressive spirit of the people
of Columbus. It is a source of great convenience to the traveling public, and to the
industrious and thrifty farmers North and East of the Colorado river.
By this means they are enabled to bring their products to market at all
seasons of the year.
THE CURVE IN THE COLORADO RIVER.
About two hundred yards below the Iron Bridge, the Colorado river makes
a curve North, then South, doubling upon herself. The distance around this bend or curve
of this River is about twelve miles. The City of Columbus is situated in the neck of this
curve. The distance through the town from bank to bank of the river is about one
thousand yards, and as has been well demonstrated by scientific engineers and
surveyors, that were a canal cut from bank to bank it would afford one of the finest water
powers in Texas for the erection of Mills, Machines, Shops for the manufacture of cotton
and woolen goods, wagons, furniture, agricultural implements of every kind.
Northern and Western capitalists can find no better location to invest their
money, and certainly none more profitable and healthy. Columbus is one of the most
healthy and beautiful Cities in the interior of Texas, with the best Railroad facilities; and
their especial attention is invited to this point. Nature has peculiarly adapted this place
for such a purpose, and we confidently believe that ere long a great manufacturing and
machine shop center will be erected at this point. Then the people of Texas will be
compelled no longer to send abroad for their cotton and woolen goods, paper, stationery,
hats, caps, boots, shoes and their various improved agricultural implements, but will be
abundantly supplied at home with all the necessaries of life, at a far less cost than at
We are in daily receipt of a great many letters from all parts of the country,
and in order to answer some of the many inquiries made about Colorado county, Texas,
we have written this hasty description, and as we have stated nothing but what we know
and believe to be true, we trust that those persons who may visit our county will find
the same to be correct.
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