Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas. Page: 244 of 1,110
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HISTORY OF DALLAS COUNTY.
ity river night and day, and we pulled
through the rafts. With a quart of glycerine
and telegraph connection the raft will
disappear. Think of what the Government
did above Jefferson. Below Bois d'Arc island
the river is filled with raft. There are eight
or nine clay bends. Put a dynamite can
under one of those bends and the water will
wash it out. It will cost $550 or $670 a
mile to Galveston from Dallas to make the
Trinity river navigable. All the railroads
to-day are nearly dead for some excuse to give
you a cut rate. (Applause.) If it were not
for the interstate commerce commission you
would have it to-day down to B flat. I represent
B. F. Avery within one
Captain Flatau spoke of the river above
Jefferson as a spring branch compared with
the Trinity, and he reminded his listeners
that owing to the increased rainfall in the
Panhandle country and all over north Texas
there is more water now in the Trinity than
when he navigated it. A dam at White Rock
or Kickapoo Falls, if it should be found necessary
for low water, would, he insisted,
back water almost up to Dallas. Concluding,
he said: If you push this thing as you should
Dallas will be the greatest distributing and
manufacturing point in the South. Build a
wall around Texas and we would not know
that there was anybody elsewhere, such are
our resources. The men in Dallas who own
great brick blocks and annexes would be
paid by digging a ditch to Galveston. (Applause).
Colonel W. C. Wolff offered the following
resolutions and they were unanimously
Resolved, That a committee of ten, composed
of two members of the County Comnmissioners
court, two members of the City Council,
two members of the Board of Trade and
four members of the Trinity River Navigation
and Improvement Company, be appointed to
formulate and present the most feasible plan
for the early reopening to navigation of the
Trinity river from Dallas south to the county
line. That all the counties bordering on the
Trinity river from Dallas to the Gulf of
Mexico be requested to consider our common
interest in this enterprise and give their aid
to this movement either by taking stock in
the Trinity river navigation and improvement
company or by giving lands and donations in
That all of said counties and all friends of
the enterprise be requested to urge upon our
representatives in Congress the importance of
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Lewis Publishing Company. Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas., book, 1892; Chicago, Illinois. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth20932/m1/244/: accessed October 17, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Dallas Public Library.