Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal, Volume 4, Number 2, May, 1994 Page: 53
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Colorado County, Texas: Its Health, Climate, Soil, Advantages and Resources
If you desire health and plenty, together with a long life on earth, we would advise you
to come to Colorado county, Texas, and purchase a home as soon as possible. You never
will regret the move, if you take this advice-your only regret will be that you did not
are sufficiently regular, and marked by summer's heat and winter's cold, by the gentle
zephyrs of spring, and the still, mellow, autumnal days and frosty nights, to render a
pleasing variety to the course of the year.
are scarcely ever felt or seen in this portion of Texas. The history of the county for the
past half century shows that few droughts have ever visited this county; and we never
had a drought during the memory of man which destroyed our crops entirely, our farmers
always making a sufficiency in the dryest years. This cannot be said of all other portions
of the State. These rich, alluvial soils of the bottoms, and productive lands of the prairies
of Colorado, are the Egypt of Texas, and they ever will be. Corporation and Land
Monopolies, and their Agents, (who never saw the country,) may prate to you otherwise,
for selfish motives, but these are facts; and, to prove them true, we invite you to visit
Colorado county, and satisfy yourselves. As you go farther North-east and North-west,
you find the country more broken, that the limestone rock protrudes near the surface of
the earth, and frequently cropping out here and there, the soil covering the rock being
too thin and shallow in many places, rendering the country more or less dry and droughty,
and farming interests more or less uncertain. Our Colorado soils, being from ten to thirty
feet deep, are inexhaustible, and free from droughts. The industrious farmer, who has
the will and independence to cultivate these Colorado lands, though poor at first, will
soon find himself an Independent Sovereign of the Soil.
We feel that we are able to invite the industrious and honest immigrant to
as fine a country as the sun ever shone upon, or a "crow ever flew over," and one with
as few evils and objections as can be found in the State.
We have quite a variety of soils in this county, consisting of the light sandy,
black sandy, black waxy or hog-wallow prairie, the gray shell land of the prairie, and the
alluvial soil of the river bottoms. There is also a great deal of the wild peach land in this
county. All these soils are quite productive. Bordering the Colorado river there is much
alluvial bottom, which it has taken untold ages to accumulate from the debris of the more
mountainous regions of the State. The alluvial lands in the county are very rich and
productive, and well adapted to the culture of cotton, corn, sugar-cane, rice, oats, millet,
potatoes, (sweet and Irish,) melons, pumpkins, peas, vines and vegetables of all
varieties. The alluvial bottoms in this county vary from three to six miles wide, and here
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