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: 65 of 859
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Grande rivers. Lieutenant John Pope was detailed to
execute the work of boring. At one of the wells, good
water was found at the depth of a. little over two hundred
feet; but it did not rise to the surface. On the Pecos
river a well was bored eleven hundred feet, but without
success. At Corpus Christi water flowed to the surface,
but it was unsuitable for use. In 1858 a well was commenced
on the Capitol Hill, at Austin. At the depth of
twelve hundred feet a weak stream rose to the surface and
flowed off. Like the stream at Corpus Christi, this was so
impregnated with mineral substances as to be useless.
In 1873 some obstructions occurred and the water ceased
to flow. Near Terrell, in Kaufman county, a number of
wells have been dug of only ordinary depth, and the water
rises to the surface. A few miles from Fort Worth a
well was bored to the depth of four hundred and fifty feet;
at which a great abundance of water was found, which
rose to within about twelve or fifteen feet of the surface.
There is an artesian well near Graham, Young county,
only one hundred and ninety-seven feet deep. A bold
stream flows out from the top.
RAINS.-As a general rule the more western counties of
the State are most liable to suffer from drouth. But experience
has shown that this objection is becoming less from
year to year, as the country becomes more settled and
more under cultivation. The prairie fires that formerly
so often swept over the western plains, destroying every
shrub and preventing the growth of timber, have become
far less frequent and confined to comparatively narrow
limits. Hence there are now thousands of acres in nearly
all the western counties growing up in mesquite and various
kinds of timber, where a few years ago there was not
a shrub to be seen. This growth of timber is believed to
be one principal cause for the more regular falls of rain,
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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/m1/65/: accessed November 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .