Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal, Volume 8, Number 1, January, 1998 Page: 44
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Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal
Texas, each tree is draped in the lovely Span-
ish moss, making it a bower of pleasure to each
and every one who visits it.
The Galveston, Harrisburg and San
Antonio railroad passes through the center of
the county. The passenger and freight depots
are located near the public square in the city of
Columbus. The Columbus Iron Bridge is one
of the most substantial and beautiful bridges in
the state. It spans the Colorado river north of
the city, about three quarters of a mile from the
court-house. This bridge was built during the
year 1875, by private enterprise. About two
hundred yards below the iron bridge, the Colo-
rado river makes a curve north, then south,
doubling upon itself. The distance around the
bend or curve of this river is about fifteen miles.
The city of Columbus is situated in the neck of
this curve. From bank to bank of the river, the
distance through the town is about one thou-
sand yards, and as has been well demonstrated
by scientific engineers and surveyors, that were
a canal cut from bank to bank, it would afford
one of the finest water powers in Texas for the
erection of mills for the manufacture of cotton
and woolen goods, wagons, furniture and agri-
cultural implements of every kind. Northern
and Western capitalists can find no better loca-
tion to invest their money, and certainly none
more profitable and healthy.
The "Colorado Citizen," a weekly pa-
per, is published in this town, and it reflects
the progress and industries of the town and
county, and is one of the spiciest, newsiest pa-
pers in the state, in fact, it is a model of a local
paper. It is said by every one, to be the best
(not one of the best) local paper in the state.
Miss Irvine would return thanks to
Judge Darden and lady, Judge McCormick,
Judge Delaney, Col. Borden, Dr. R. H.
Harrison, Mr. Wooten and lady, and Mr.
H. R. Middleton, for many kindnesses and
much valuable information for the SKETCH
The following are the total shipments
from Columbus for the first four months of
1881: Merchandise, 238,678 pounds; cattle, 651
head; cotton seed, 27,694 pounds; lumber,
78,000 pounds; hides, 9,788 pounds; corn,
20,000 pounds; turkeys, 500 pounds; stone
ware, 20,000 pounds; cotton, 1,316 bales; pil-
ing, 240,000 pounds; circus outfit, 200,000
We are indebted to the freight agent
for the above amounts.
Here we give the principal business
people of Columbus:
Binkley, J. N., dealer in tin, hardware,
Coolgrove, U. C., insurance agent.
Darden, W. J., attorney at law.
Delaney, S. D. & W. S., attorneys at
Foard & Thompson, attorneys at law.
Harrison, R. H., physician and sur-
Jonson, J. H., county clerk.
McCormick, Geo., attorney at law.
Middleton, H. B., marshal and tax col-
Mason & Tomlinson, dealers in lum-
ber, shingles, etc.
Simpson, Jas. H., banker.
Tarvin, M. E., dentist.
Taylor & Jones, dry goods, groceries
and gen'l merchandise.
Thulemeyer, L., dealer in general mer-
Traylor, Chas, house furnishing and
Toliver, Jas. A., dealer in lumber and
Vogel, K., dealer in general merchan-
Witting, Geo, commission merchant.
Eight miles from Schulenburg and six-
teen from Columbus, is the flourishing town of
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