Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal, Volume 4, Number 2, May, 1994 Page: 73
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Colorado County, Texas: Its Health, Climate, Soil, Advantages and Resources
county is rapidly improving. These rich lands are being brought into cultivation, and
handsomely do they repay the toil of the industrious laborer.
Our county is blessed with good society, good schools and churches,
railroad facilities, and everything surrounding to make the citizens pleasant and
comfortable. There is room enough in Colorado county for one thousand industrious
farmers with their families, and we extend the right hand of welcome to all honest
citizens, be they from the North, East, West or South, to settle in the rich, healthy, and
beautiful county of Colorado.
To the horticulturist and pomologist, I would say there is no better country
in the South, West or North for such pleasant and profitable purpose. Large fortunes
can be made here by growing fruit of nearly all the varieties. I would be pleased if some
experienced horticulturist and fruit grower would come to this county. I am well satisfied
that large profits could be realized.
As a grape and wine country there is no country superior to Colorado county.
This is the native home and soil for the Mustang grape, and here it grows to perfection
on our rich alluvial bottom soil, and along the small streams, and indeed, they are strong
growers and prolific bearers on the post-oak lands, as well as in the bottoms. By grafting
the best table and wine grape into the Mustang, you will very soon have a good vineyard,
that will pay a handsome profit for the small amount of trouble and labor bestowed. Five
acres of well cultivated grapes will turn out a greater profit than any cotton plantation
in this country, and I am surprised that more persons have not turned their attention in
this direction, and leave off cotton making. I contend this country is as fine a grape
country as California; and even the Mustang wine is delicious enough to make a
Frenchman smack his lips over it. The cultivation of grapes is simple, cheap and easy,
requiring but a few days of your time during the year, while that of cotton demands your
close attention during the whole year. An industrious man with horse and plow, working
from ten to fifteen days in the year can cultivate ten acres of vines. One thousand vines
are sufficient for one acre; in ten years you would have 10,000 vines, and each vine in
full bearing will produce a gallon of wine. This would give you ten thousand gallons of
wine, and at fifty cents per gallon (and very cheap at that price) would give you five
thousand dollars off of your ten acres of vines. Can you expect a larger profit from your
time and labor? Can you wish for more? With a variety of grapes, such as the Scup-
pernong, Concord, Herbermont and others, you will never fail in making a good and
certain crop. I have often seen the Mustang in our bottoms from six to twelve inches
in diameter, and if these large grape roots were transplanted (which is easily done) in
some suitable vineyard, and the best grape engrafted, we very soon would have strong
healthy vines yielding handsome profits.
I hope that I have not trespassed on your valuable time and space.
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