Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal, Volume 4, Number 2, May, 1994 Page: 52
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the copies that were printed were distributed outside the state. If so, and if Green's
earlier activities can be used to judge, they probably were distributed in Georgia. In any
case, to make Green 's article more widely available, it is reprinted herein. The texts of
the various advertisements are also reprinted, in Appendix A, and Green 's 1875 letter,
as it appeared in the Citizen, is printed in Appendix B. Every attempt has been made to
reproduce the text exactly as it originally appeared, including a misprint caused by a line
break in the section entitled "The County. "
Texas is a large State, and her future greatness consists in her agricultural
and mineral development. It has an area of 274,356 square miles, being greater than
that of any other State in the American Union; about six times as great as that of New
York, and four times as large as Alabama or Georgia. Her greatest length from the mouth
of the Rio Grande to the north-west corner is about eight hundred and twenty-five miles;
her greatest breadth is about seven hundred and forty miles. Her soils and climate are
well adapted to the cultivation of sugar, corn, cotton, wheat, oats, rye, barley, millet,
Irish potatoes, sweet potatoes, fruits and vegetables, and the most of these will find their
way into the great arteries of commerce abroad; and in a short time we will become a
strong manufacturing and commercial people, exporting many of the articles we now
with her rich, alluvial soils and healthy climate, is destined to be the Banner County of
the Lone Star State.
Colorado County is situated on either side of the Colorado river, and has an
area of nine hundred and five square miles. It is bounded on the North by Fayette County,
oh the South by Wharton, on the East by Austin, and on the West by Lavaca. It is about
one-fourth of a degree below latitude 30. Colorado is about sixty or seventy miles from
the Gulf coast; and was settled in the early history of Texas; and now some of the old
pioneers who fought and bled for Texas independence are here, enjoying peace, health
and plenty, the fruits of their hard-earned rewards.
The face of the country presents a beautiful undulating level, with natural
drainage for all purposes. There are but few or no lagoons or stagnant pools of water
in this county; consequently, the people are quite healthy.
of this county is good; indeed, as healthy as any in the State. A more robust and healthy-
looking people cannot be found in or out of Texas than the people of Colorado county.
The strong Gulf breeze renders the nights and days in summer pleasant and refreshing
to all. Shattered constitutions, and persons with weak lungs, or predisposed to
consumption, are here restored to health by our genial and healthy climate. The climate
is healthy at all seasons of the year, it being sufficiently near the Gulf of Mexico (seventy
miles) to enjoy the exhilerating breezes in summer, and modifying influences in winter.
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