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: 44 of 859
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HISTORY OF TEXAS.
that the present numbers of tame animals are even greater;
but still there is room for more, and probably Southwestern
Texas will alone one day export a half-million
of beeves. Of the health and fecundity of the sheep, an
instance within the knowledge of the writer will give a
fair idea. A friend living in Webb county commenced
raising sheep with two hundred and fifty ewes in the winter
of 1854-55. In the year 1860 he sold out three
thousand head, the result of this flock. He followed the
Mexican plan of breeding twice a year.
"In so extensive a region it is reasonable to presume
that valuable mines must exist. However, very little
scientific investigation has yet been made, and therefore
little is known of this-perhaps less even than of other
regions not so near the centres of civilization.
" On the Rio Grande it is well known that several beds
of coal, of an inferior quality, exist, and have been worked.
It is reported that extensive beds of coal (equal to cannel)
have recently been discovered on the Nueces river. The
locality of these beds has not been divulged, but the
report has it that they are situated at from one hundred
to one hundred and forty miles from Corpus Christi.
In the range of hills called ' La Sierra,' of which I
have made mention, indications of silver and lead have
been found in several places. The writer has in his possession
a very rich specimen of lead ore which was found
in this range, about eighty miles from Corpus Christi.
If it should develop that there are indications of silver or
lead in sufficient quantities to pay for the working, their
proximity to a sea-port will be an important consideration.
I believe that neither silver nor lead. has anywhere else
within the United States been found so near the coast.
" I suppose most people in Texas are aware of the great
natural salt-works along the margin of Corpus Christi bay
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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/m1/44/: accessed June 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .