Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal, Volume 4, Number 2, May, 1994 Page: 72
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Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal
In 1875, two years before the pamphlet containing his long article on
Colorado County was published, Rowan Green wrote a letter to the Cuthbert [Georgia]
Messenger that was quite similar in content and identical in intent. The letter was
published in the November 24, 1875 issue of the Messenger and reprinted in the January
13, 1876 issue of The Colorado Citizen. It is again reprinted below.
Editor Cuthbert Messenger:
I hope you will grant me space in your valuable paper to answer some of the
many inquiries made by my friends concerning Colorado county, Texas. I would say to
one and all of my friends, if you are well located and situated, with good and fair
prospects surrounding you for the future, I would advise you to remain where you are;
and especially the old and middle aged, for a general move is a general break up. In a
general move many of your household goods and conveniences must be sacrificed. But
to those persons who are determined to change their location and move to the Great
West, I can truthfully say Colorado county, Texas, is one of the best counties in the State
for farming and agricultural purposes. Colorado is situated about 75 miles from the Gulf
coast, and the strong Gulf breeze renders the days and nights pleasant and refreshing.
There is quite a diversity of land, timber, soil and water in this county that is scarcely
equaled in any portion of the West, and it is well exemplified by the good, intelligent
society and well directed farms to be found here. The timbered lands comprise the post-
oak, pecan, walnut, wild peach, live-oak, shumac, hickory, elm, hackberry, &c. Our
lands are diversified and consist mostly of the black sandy soil, chocolate loam, mixed
with shell, very productive and well adapted to corn, cotton, sugarcane, sweet and Irish
potatoes; vegetable of every variety; fruit, grapes, &c. There is much alluvial bottom
land in this county, bordering the Colorado river, which has taken untold ages to
accumulate from the more mountainous regions. These alluvial lands are the finest lands
in America for farming purposes. Our prairie lands are beautifully undulating, sloping
gradually south and southwest and are quite productive. These prairie lands are much
sought after and will soon be dotted over with well improved farms, for they are a
paradise for the small farmers. Industrious emigrants can find no better lands to settle
upon and build for themselves prosperous and beautiful homes. I know of no land in the
State, when well cultivated, where the farmer is so well repaid for his labor and industry.
Colorado county is well timbered and watered and as healthy as any of the hills in
southwest Georgia, or any portion of the State.
Lands are rich, productive and cheap. Many emigrants are now moving into
this county, of the first-class citizens of the old States. In purchasing land, the honest
emigrant can always obtain as long a time as he may wish to pay for it. By this
advantageous arrangement all can secure homes for themselves and families; and with
a little industry and economy their homes can be paid for in a short time. Our planters
are realizing this year a bale of cotton per acre, and from forty to sixty bushels of corn.
With good crops and fine health the people are flush with energy and enterprise. Our
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