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6 TRUE STORIES OF OLD
'"No place in Texas possesses so many advantages for building,
having fine ash, cedar and oak in inexhaustible quantities,
also the tall and beautiful magnolia grows in abundance. In
the vicinity are fine quarries of stone.
"Nature seems to have designated this place for the future
seat of government. It is handsome and beautifully elevated,
salubrious and well-watered and is now in the very center of
population and will be so for a long time to come.
"It combines two important advantages-a communication
with the coast and with foreign countries and with different
portions of the republic. As the country shall improve, railroads
will become in use and will be extended from this point
to the Brazos and up the same, and also from this up to the
headwaters of the San Jacinto, embracing that rich country,
and in a few years the whole trade of the upper Brazos will
make its way into Galveston Bay through this channel.
"Preparations are making to erect a water sawmill, and a
large public house for accommodation will soon be opened.
Steamboats now run in this river and will, in a short time,
commence running regularly to the island. The proprietors
offer lots for sale at moderate terms to those who desire to
improve them and invite the public to examine for themselves.
"(Signed) A. C. ALLEN, for
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Young, Samuel Oliver. True stories of old Houston and Houstonians: historical and personal sketches / by S. O. Young., book, 1913; Galveston, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth24646/m1/6/ocr/: accessed September 27, 2016), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .