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: 46 of 859
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HISTORY OF TEXAS.
Christi bay, and that it can, at present prices of labor, be
placed on navigation at ten cents per bushel. I
"Besides these lagunas, there are some salt lakes and
ponds between the Nueces and Rio Grande, which are not
connected with the Gulf. The most noted of these is the
celebrated " Sal del Rey," (Salt of the King, so called
because of the laws of Spain giving salines to the king,)
in Hidalgo county, about thirty-five miles from the Rio
Grande, and sixty miles from Brownsville. The salt in
this, and probably the other lakes of the sort, seems to
come from the earth in springs. The " Sal del Rey " has
been a favorite resort of the Mexicans for salt. It has
for several generations supplied the greater part of Northern
Mexico with that article, and is apparently inexhaustible.
The lake is about three miles in circumference."
VII. THE MINERAL REGION.-The large scope of
country composed of the counties of iCrockett, Tom Green,
Pecos, Presidio, and El Paso, has been denominated the
mineral region of Texas; though as yet its mineral wealth
lies undeveloped in the mines. We give a description of
this with the following.
VIII. THE PAN HANDLE, OR STAKED PLAINS, lies
north of Tom Green county and between New Nexico and
the Indian Territory. The Legislature of 1875 laid out
and gave names to fifty-four counties in this region. In
the early maps of NForth America, a vast region in the
heart of the continent was designated as the "Great
American Desert." That great desert has steadily
retreated before the advancing tide of population. The
southern rim of it reached Texas. It is conjectured that
in 1834, when the fathers from Santa Fe visited San Saba
to establish a fort and mission, they set up stakes, with
buffalo heads on them, so that others might follow their
route. This gave the name of Llano Estacado to the
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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/m1/46/: accessed May 22, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .