A Memorial and Biographical History of Navarro, Henderson, Anderson, Limestone, Freestone and Leon Counties, Texas Page: 11
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LIMESTONE, FREESTONE AND LEON COU(NTIES.
Greer county. The State is nearly 1,000
miles from north to south in its greatest
extent, and very little less from east to
The geographical situation of this vast
empire, stretching as it does from the
Gulf of Mexico half way to the Pacific
ocean, and presenting a variety of climate
unequaled on the face of the globe, is
something that the ordinary thinker fails
to grasp at first thought. In those portions
of the State devoted to agriculture a
large proportion of the land is susceptible
of cultivation, and immense bodies are as
rich and fertile as can be found on the
continent. This is true not only of the
alluvial bottoms, but also of a considerable
proportion of the prairie lands in the interior.
Persons are apt to speak of sections
of Texas as being especially adapted
te certain products. They say the "stock
region," the "sugar belt," the "'cotton
belt," the " wheat region," et(.., seemingly
thereby to imply that the sections named
are fitted only for those certain products.
But such is not the case, as every kind of
stock can be raised anywhere in the State
with proper attention, and every arable
acre of land in the State will produce
cotton, corn, sorghum, potatoes, peaches,
grapes, etc. Sugar from the ribbon cane
may be profitably cultivated everywhere
south of the thirtieth parallel of north
latitude, and wheat, rye, oats, apples, etc.,
anywhere north of the latitude indicated.
In a number of counties cotton, wheat and
corn can be raised almost in the same field.
"For a distance of fifty to 100 miles inS
teriorly from the coast the country is quite
level, but beyond this it is rolling, with
gradual elevations and corresponding depressions,
continuing to become more and
more elevated till it finally becomes hilly
and then mountainous in the northwestern
counties. Texas is an inclined
plane, stretching from its northwestern
limits to the gulf, into which, by way
of its thousand streams, it empties all
its waters. Persons who have never been
in Texas are under the impression that it
is very unhealthful; that the heat is violently
excessive, and that those who are
unused to the climate run great risk in
coming here. This is very far from the
truth. The temperature of Texas in the
hottest days of summer is usually several
degrees less than the greatest heat of the
northern cities; and whilst sunstroke is
common in those cities, there is not a single
well-authenticated case of death from
tlat cause on record or otherwise in the
whole of Texas. In winter the difference
in temperature is still more apparent, the
cold being many degrees greater in the
northern cities than here. Texas has the
most uniform, equable and mild climate
of all States in the Union, and is therefore
the most healthful. As an evidence of the
truthfulness of this assertion, one has but
to look upon the citizens of the big State
of Texas, and he will see people in proportion
to the size of the grand empire wherein
he is living,-large men and women,
strong and active, riding and walking in
the flaming sun as unconcerned about the
heat as though no such thing existed.
Kentucky has popularly been supposed to
produce the largest men, and well has she
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Lewis Publishing Company. A Memorial and Biographical History of Navarro, Henderson, Anderson, Limestone, Freestone and Leon Counties, Texas, book, 1893; Chicago, Illinois. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth46827/m1/13/: accessed May 24, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Palestine Public Library.