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: 32 of 859
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HISTORY OF TEXAS.
The " lower cross timber" is a body of timbered country
embracing, at its northern extremity, the eastern half of
Cooke county and western edge of Grayson, and being
about fifteen miles wide. Running southward, it passes,
gradually becoming narrower, through the east parts of
Denton, Tarrant and Johnson, and west part of Hill
county, to the Brazos river at Fort Graham. This
body of land is rolling and sandy, and assimilates very
nearly to the timbered section before described; but this
is generally of a poorer soil than that, and abounds less
in springs and water generally. The timber is the same,
except there is no pine, and the growth is shorter as we
go westward. The soil is adapted to the growth of corn,
cotton, sweet potatoes, etc., but not to small grains nor
grasses, nor to stock raising, except in the eastern section.
The "upper cross timber" begins on Red river, some
thirty miles above the lower, and is about the same width,
running south through the middle of Montague county,
near the south line of which it breaks up, the eastern
portion running through Wise and Parker counties, while
the western extends irregularly, and frequently in patches
and mots or small groves, through Jack, Young, Palo Pinto
and Erath, affording abundant timber (such as it is) to
those counties. This timber is, on the uplands, almost
exclusively post-oak and black-jack, and is short and
scrubby. In the bottoms, pecan, ash, hackberry, cottonwood,
etc., are common.
The entire prairie east of the upper cross timber is a
beautiful and very gently rolling country, scarcely broken
by rocks, stumps, gullies, or anything else which could
impede or interfere with the progress of gang-plows,
reapers and mowers, or any other agricultural laborsaving
machinery, whether propelled by steam or other
power. Indeed, the cultivation of wheat has for years been
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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/m1/32/: accessed September 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .