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BAYS AND STREAMS.
ject to periodical and extensive overflows. The
entrance from the bay over the bar, at the mouth of
the river, is about five feet deep. It is supposed to
be navigable for small steam-boats, more than one
hundred miles. Sloops and schooners of light draft
frequently ascend to Beaumont, a settlement on its
The tributaries of the Neches are Charles Creek
-a deel), still stream, seventy-five miles in length,
which joins the main stream from the west, about
thirty-five miles from the bay-Big Sandy Creek,
thirty-five imiles in lengtl-Alabama, or Village,
Creek, which is navigable for seventy miles-the
Angelina, a stream one hundred and seventy miles
in length, which enters the Neches from the east.
With little improvement, the Angelina might be
rendered navigable for steam-boats during the
winter season, nearly to the town of Nacogdoches.
The Ayish Bayou,: seventy-five miles in length,
and the Attoyac, sixty miles in length, enter the
Angelina, the former from the east, the latter from
the west. The Ayish Bayou is capable of being
made navigable for small craft during the winter
to the extent of forty miles, as is the Attoyac, for a
short distance, during the same period of the year.
Pine Creek is a branch of the N`eches fiom the
west, above forty miles in length. Sixty miles above
Pine Creek, San Pedro Bayou unites its waters to
The word bayou, borrowed by the Americans from the early
settlers of Louisiana, is rather loosely applied in the topography
of Texas and the West. In strictness, I believe it means a deep
inlet, which affords a channel for the water in time of flood, and
remains dry, or nearly so, at otlier seasons.
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