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: 73 of 859
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VALUABLE COPPER DEPOSITS.
remark, ' If this stuff is of any account, I can load up five
hundred wagons, without digging, from a 320-acre tract.'
Upon examination, I found it to be a highly interesting
specimen of copper glance, (nearly a pure sulphuret),
containing 55.44 per cent. of metal. Its geological connections
are of the highest interest and proved that this
metalliferous tract is a portion of the Permian formation,
which stretches from Kansas down into Texas, and is the
only example of this formation in the United States
" In 1870, after traversing the cretaceous and carboniferous
series northward of Weatherford, Parker'county,
I was very agreeably surprised by a grand panorama of
outcropping of this formation. This system (Permian),
is extensively developed in Russia, between the Ural
Mountains and the river Volga, in the north of England,
and also in Germany, where it is mined for its treasures
of copper, silver, nickel and cobalt ores. In Texas the
ore is found on the hillsides and also on the surface, giving
no trouble for mining or drainage. Four persons in ten
hours took out six thousand pounds, averaging sixty per
cent. Coal, timber, limestone, soapstone, and all the
requisites for building furnaces and smelting ores are in
the vicinity, and the projected line of the Southern Pacific
railroad passes over the locality. At present, mnining
operations cannoit be safely prosecuted, owing to the proximity
of bands of prowling Indians.
" The hills which I have traced throughout Archer,
Wichita, Haskell and Clay counties, are nearly barrentowering
above the most beautiful and fertile Mesquite
prairies, fringed by the finely timbered bottoms of the
tributaries of Red River, and are exceedingly picturesque.
"Explorations of the copper veins, over the summits
and sides of the hills, justify the conclusion that within
the extent of one degree of longitude along the Little
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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/m1/73/: accessed July 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .