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: 67 of 859
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six hundred and fifty feet from Austin to the coast. Between
those points there are many places where its power
may be made available by the judicious employment of
capital. This is particularly the case at Columbus, where
the river, at its approach to town, makes a bend, and after
running round several miles, returns to the lower part of
the town, leaving a comparatively narrow neck between
the two points. A suitable dam to turn the water into a
canal, would give a large fall at its entrance into the river.
At some future time Columbus will be largely engaged
in profitable manufacturing. I am not familiar with the
topography of the river from that point to Austin, but
the probability is that there are many other available
localities for machinery. From Austin to the head of the
river, and its tributaries which flow through the mountains,
many admirable sites for machinery are found.
" Passing west from the Colorado we come to the San
Marcos. It is formed by an immense spring at the town
of San Marcos, where the water gushes out of the mountain
from several springs, forming a volume constituting a
considerable river. Near the spring there is a fine site
for machinery. The falls continue for fifteen or twenty
miles, affording many fine mill sites.
" From Gonzales, where the San Marcos enters into the
Guadalupe, up to Seguin, there are several points on the
river capable of being made available for machinery; but
from Seguin up to the head of the river, and especially from
Seguin to New Braunfels, we have a magnificent water
power. At Seguin commences a series of falls of from two to
nine or ten feet perpendicular height. Between the two
points, a distance of fifteen miles, there is a descent of eighty
feet. Nearly all of these falls, which occur at intervals
of from one to three miles, may be utilized. At Braunfels,
where the Comal Spring issues from the mountain in a
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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/m1/67/: accessed June 26, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .