Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal, Volume 4, Number 2, May, 1994 Page: 55
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Colorado County, Texas: Its Health, Climate, Soil, Advantages and Resources
The stock business is one in which a large or small capital can be employed
with like certainty of success, and not like some others, which cannot be conducted
beneficially without a large capital. It is a business requiring but little skill, nor is the care
and labor continuous. It is a profitable business which soon converts the unclaimed and
exhaustless herbage of the wide-spread prairie commons into money, through the quiet
instrumentality of the roving herds of cattle; and as a stock country, for hogs, cattle and
sheep, Colorado county is unsurpassed. Hogs do well here, and increase rapidly,
requiring but little corn during the fall, as they keep fat on the large mast of pecans,
acorns and hickory nuts. Our bottoms and prairies in the spring and summer, and mostly
through all winter, are covered with the finest grass for pasturage. The wild rye is found
in abundance in the bottoms and cattle are quite fond of it; and here is found also, the
famous mesquit grass, deservedly renowned for its abundance and nutritious qualities.
During the winter season, after it has become sere and yellow by the "bleak winds of
December" cattle and horses will eat it with the same avidity and benefit as when green.
During the spring and summer our beautiful prairies are covered with thick,
soft, nutritious grass, and crowned with groves of noble live-oaks, and the numerous
streams of clear running water afford every advantage for stock, and
This county is rapidly filling up with intelligent and substantial people, men
of capital, liberality and enterprise, who are taking much interest in building up schools
and churches, to meet the great increasing necessities of the country. It will be well for
emigrants with plenty of money to look at this county before buying elsewhere.
Columbus is the county seat of Colorado county, and situated on the West
bank of the Colorado river. It is a most beautiful, sandy location. It is generally conceded
to be the most handsome city in the interior of Texas. It is delightfully shaded along her
public walks and streets, by transplanted trees of walnut and hackberry. Surrounding
the Courthouse in the Public Square is a delightful grove of walnut and hackberry; also
through the city are found the grand and stately live-oaks, left as nature planted them,
giving a cool and refreshing shade in summer to man and beast, and lend a picturesque
charm to the prospect, and beautify the location. The Courthouse is quite a substantial
two-story sand-stone building. One half mile North of the Courthouse is one of the most
beautiful live-oak groves in Texas, and admirably adapted for the exhibition of County
Fairs, and other public demonstrations, and for which purpose it is now used.
HEALTH OF COLUMBUS.
The following are the names of persons (white) living in the incorporate limits
of Columbus over 50 years of age, and the year they came to Texas. For a city of 4000
inhabitants, (2500 white,) we defy any town or city in Texas, or out of it to exhibit such
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Nesbitt Memorial Library. Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal, Volume 4, Number 2, May, 1994, periodical, May 1994; Columbus, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth151391/m1/7/?q=nesbitt%20memorial%20library%20journal: accessed May 24, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Nesbitt Memorial Library.