A pictorial history of Texas, from the earliest visits of European adventurers, to A.D. 1879. Embracing the periods of missions, colonization, the revolution the republic, and the state; also, a topographical description of the country ... together with its Indian tribes and their wars, and biographical sketches of hundreds of its leading historical characters. Also, a list of the countries, with historical and topical notes, and descriptions of the public institutions of the state. Page: 30 of 859
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HISTORY OF TEXAS.
ties of trade and travel, and the consequent construction
of thoroughfares. An imnaginary irregular line drawn
from the town of Clarksville, in Red River county, through
the northwest corners of Titus Wood, and Van Zandt
counties, and the southeast corner of Kaufnman county to
the south line of this division, will sufficiently indicate the
western or outside line of this subdivision.
All east of this is a timbered country, and presents the
same general features. The face of the country is rolling
and hilly. The soil is generally sandy, miixed with loam
in varying quantities in different localities, and productive
in porportion to such admixture. The exceptions to the
sandy soil are the ferruginous red soils, quite productive
with plenty of rain; the post-oak flats, and swamps along
the streams, the latter two valueless for cultivation but
covered with fine timber. The streams are sluggish and
discolored, and the low bottom-lands which border them
are subject to overflow; but many of them are covered
with cane and various grasses, which afford fine shelter
and food for stock, especially horses, which keep fat the
year round without food or attention, but are liable to the
contingent dangers of an overflow, in which numbers are
sometimes lost. The most productive lands lie between
'the sand-hills and the swamps, and frequently up to the
margins of the smaller creeks, and are a kind of irregular
second bottom. They will produce, the season being
favorable, a bale of cotton or forty bushels of corn per
acre, while the upland sand-lands will produce about
one half that amount, but are preferred by many on
account of the greater ease with which they can be cultivated,
and the advantage they have in wet seasons. These
lands are in some places underlaid with a stiff clay at the
depth of a foot, while in other places in the same field one
may dig forty feet through sand alone.
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Thrall, Homer S. A pictorial history of Texas, from the earliest visits of European adventurers, to A.D. 1879. Embracing the periods of missions, colonization, the revolution the republic, and the state; also, a topographical description of the country ... together with its Indian tribes and their wars, and biographical sketches of hundreds of its leading historical characters. Also, a list of the countries, with historical and topical notes, and descriptions of the public institutions of the state., book, 1879; St. Louis, Mo.. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth5828/m1/30/: accessed April 26, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .