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: 66 of 859
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HISTORY OF TEXAS.
for in all parts of the world the growth of timber has long
been recognized to have this effect, and in many countries
the growth of forest trees has been encouraged by government
as a means to secure the more regular fall of rain.
To this cause is generally attributed the fact that
the counties on the San Antonio river, and others
in the west, are now far more exempt froim drouths than
formerly; and it is now believed by many that the crops
there are no more liable to suffer from too little rain than
they are from too much in most of the States. In all other
parts of Texas the seasons of rain are much the same as
in other States, and crops are liable to as few casualties as
in any other part of the world. In one respect Texas
has an advantage over any country we have seen, for as
a general rule deep plowing and early planting will secure
fair crops in nearly all parts of the State with very little
rain, and sometimes with none at all. This advantage is
owing t tthe fact that our planting season commences a
month or two earlier than in other States on account of
our mild winter, and also to the fact that our soil has
nearly everywhere a substratum of clay and is very
retentive of moisture with deep plowing.
WATER POWER.-Comparatively little use has, as yet,
been made of the immense water power of Texas. It is
true that but few sites suitable for mills and m achinerv
are found on the sluggish streams in the low, flat country.
There are some good locations on the heacd *waters of the
tributaries of the Trinity and San Jacinto rivers. Millsites
may be found in almost all the rolling counties of
Texas, where almost all of the small streams have themn.
Many are found in Bell county, on the 1tr'utaries of Little
river, and at such springs as Salaido. An1 article in
an old almanac describes the water power of WNest Texas:
" Beginning with the Colorado, we find it having a fall of
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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/m1/66/: accessed April 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .