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: 39 of 859
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which prevails generally along the coast of Texas, at
from ten to forty miles from salt water. At Corpus
Christi bay the high lands of the interior come down to
the bay, and part of the town of this name is built upon
a bluff near fifty feet above the water level. I believe
this is the highest land anywhere on the GOulf coast within
the territories of the United States. About twenty
miles southwest of Corpus Christi commence the famous
sands which border the Laguna Madre down to the
' Sal Colorado.' These sands are quite remarkable.
Extending in a northwesterly direction from the coast,.
they reach within twenty miles of the Rio Grande. They
lie across the country in a wedge shape, of which the
base lies ot the Laguna. In many places these sands
form bare hills, rising fifty to a hundred feet above the
surrounding grassy plains; and being of a light yellow
color, are landmarks of the country and visible at great
distances. The sands have evidently been formed by
the prevalent southeasterly winds, which have blown
them across from Padre Island. Like similar formations
in England and other parts of the world, where history aids
the observer in accounting for them, it is likely that they
constantly progress inland under the influence of the
south-east wind, and will probably reach or cross the
Rio Grande in course of time.
"After we leave the sands, going towards the Rio
Grande, we come into the alluvial bottoms of that river.
The Sal Colorado, which appears on the maps as a river,
is in reality an outlet of the Rio Grande during high
water. The bottoms of this river are, on the west side,
frcm thirty to sixty miles wide as low down as Brownsville.
They decrease gradually up to Edinburgh, ninety
miles from the coast, (in a straight line,) where the first
hills come to the river.
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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/m1/39/: accessed April 27, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .