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: 77 of 859
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THE FAMOUS BAT CAVE.
" SALT.---There are a great many salt springs and salt
lakes in this formation. Salt is manufactured in the
great laboratory of Nature by solar evaporation. The
most important locality producingt almost an inexhaustible
amount of salt, is Sal Del Rey, the greatest Salt Lake in
Hidalgo county, and at the Horsehead crossing on Pecos
River, Pecos county. The salt here is ready formed, and
need only be shoveled up and taken to market. The
water is so strongly impregnated that the human body
cannot be made to sink in it. The salt is very pure and
fit for table use, without refining.
"Petroleum -springs occur over a space of about fifty
square yards, in Hardin county, and it is highly probable
that larger supplies may be obtained by boring. The
surface indications are certainly as favorable as those of
the now famous oil wells of Pennsylvania and northern
Ohio, prior to the discovery by deep boring. Extensive
quarries of marble, roofing slate, grindstone, soapstone
and asbestos, with a large class of metallic substances
usually present in highly metalliferous regions-such as
alum, cobalt, nickel, manganese, arsenic, etc.--are
G-ANO.-It is only a short time since this important
article of commerce has been discovered in Texas; and
though only a few caves have been examined, there can
be no question but there is an inexhaustible supply of
guano concealed in our mountain caves. One has been
found in Bexar county, twenty miles northeast of San
Antonio, containing many acres; forty feet under ground,
with an unknown depth of Guano. Another immense
deposit exists in a cave eight miles south-west of Bandera;
and another in Williamson county, three miles from
Georgetown. There can be no doubt that a thorough
geological survey of our State will develop inexhaustible
mines of wealth.
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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/m1/77/: accessed December 12, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .