Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal, Volume 4, Number 2, May, 1994 Page: 54
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Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal
can be seen some of the richest, most beautiful and productive farms in America.
Colorado county is one of the best counties in the State for farming and
agricultural purposes. Colorado, Lavaca, Fayette, Austin and Wharton are the cream
counties of Texas, and emigrants seeking permanent homes for themselves and families,
will do well to examine these counties before purchasing elsewhere. Nature has met the
requirements here with lavish hand, for these soils are rich and productive beyond
description. The prairie lands are beautiful, sloping gently South and South-west, are
quite productive, and will soon be dotted over with well-improved farms, for this is a
Paradise for the small, industrious, as well as the large farmer. Many emigrants from
New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Ohio and Wisconsin are moving
into this county, besides from all the Southern States. Industrious immigrants can find
no better lands in the State to settle upon, and build for themselves prosperous and
beautiful homes. We know of no lands in Texas, when well cultivated, where the
industrious farmer is so well repaid for his toil and labor.
In purchasing land in this county, the purchaser can always obtain as long
time as he may wish to pay for his land. By this advantageous arrangement, all can
secure homes for themselves and their families; and, with a little industry, economy and
frugality bestowed, their homes can be paid for in a short time.
DEPTH OF SOIL.
The alluvial lands of Colorado river will average from ten to twenty feet in
depth, and of course are inexhaustible. The prairie lands are from two to five feet deep.
The bottom lands are covered with forests of gigantic oaks, elms, ash, cotton-wood,
pecan, hickory, willow, walnut, mulberry, wild peach and cane-brakes. The cane and
wild peach lands are considered the best for cultivation by our farmers; and these soils
have been so nicely compounded and proportioned in the great laboratory of the God of
Nature, that no soils in the world are equal to them for the production of cotton, corn,
sugar, oats, peas, sweet and Irish potatoes, melons, grasses and vegetables of all kinds.
There is an abundance of timber in this county for building and fencing
purposes, consisting of the Post-oak, Live-oak, Pin-oak, Water-oak, Burr-oak, Hickory,
Pecan, Black-jack, Elm, Ash, Walnut, Cedar, Wild China, Wild Peach, Cypress,
Sycamore, Willow, Mulberry, Cotton-Wood, Holly and other varieties, also, a small
amount of the short leaf Pine is to be found in this county. The timbered land is about
equally divided in this county, and so well arranged by nature, that all are convenient to
abound in our Rivers, Creeks and Lakes in great quantity and variety, and consist
principally of Trout, Perch, Cat, Buffalo, Gaspergou, Black Bass and other varieties.
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