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SOIL SURVEY OF MAVERICK COUNTY, TEXAS 9
Much of the perishable produce, such as spinach, is shipped by rail
in refrigerator cars, which are iced locally. Most of the cattle move
to distant markets by rail, but some go by truck to San Antonio or
other points in the State. Transportation facilities are adequate
for marketing the products of the county at present, but an increase
in cropland, as indicated by the newly completed gravity irrigation
system, may necessitate the extension of both rail and motor roads.
All towns and communities are connected by telephone, and many
privately owned lines reach farm homes and ranch headquarters.
The rural homes are simple but comfortable, and many are equipped
with modern conveniences. Mexican laborers usually occupy rather
Schools and churches are in Eagle Pass, Quemado, Normandy, and
El Indio. The public schools are of consolidated type, and busses
carry many students to and from the outlying districts. Most of the
pupils living beyond the bus routes establish residence in town during
the school term.
Industries exploiting natural nonagricultural resources include a
hydroelectric plant of 12,000-horsepower capacity, operating in connection
with the gravity irrigation system; a natural-gas field, of
38,000,000 cubic feet daily production, which supplies a number of
surrounding cities, including Eagle Pass; two artificial-ice manufacturing
plants, which supply ice for icing vegetable cars shipped
from the county and for re-icing those en route from Mexico; and the
production of building sand, caliche, and gravel. Much coal has
been taken from the underlying beds and much remains, but none
is being mined at present.
Maverick County lies within the warm temperate semiarid region.
The climate is continental because of the location so far inland, although
it is influenced to some degree by winds from the Gulf. It
is characterized by short mild winters and long hot summers.
Rather wide fluctuations in temperature occur, both in winter and
in summer. In winter, when cold waves (northers) sweep in, the
temperature may fall 50 in 6 or 7 hours, but rising temperatures
generally are slow and regular. It is not uncommon for summer temperatures
to rise above 100 F. at midday and remain that high until
late evening. Generally, such temperatures are mitigated somewhat
by the relatively low humidity and the Gulf breezes that stir at
Precipitation, mainly in the form of rain, is irregular, both within
the annual cycle and from year to year. Humidity and precipitation
are greatest in the spring and fall, especially in May, June, and
September. Electric storms sometimes occur during these months.
Local rainfall amounting to 18 inches within a period of 36 hours
has been recorded, but some entire years have passed with less than
half that amount. Destructive hailstorms occur occasionally. Except
for an annual average snowfall of 0.6 inch, precipitation during
the winter is in the form of gentle showers, slow rains, mists, or fogs,
all lasting for more or less extended periods without the accumulation
of much total water in the soil. On most ranches earth reservoirs
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Smith, H.M. (Howard Malcolm); Marshall, R. M. (Richard Moon) & Mowery, I. C. Soil survey, Maverick County, Texas, book, January 1942; [Washington D.C.]. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth19769/m1/11/: accessed July 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.