Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin. Page: 105 of 196
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TEXAS IN 1860.
sional preaching of the Cumberland and 0. S. Presbyterians
is had in town and vicinity.
Nacogdoches, like San Augustine, has been a scene
of contentions in regard to schools, not however to that
extent. Those conflicts have retarded somewhat the
educational interest of Nacogdoches, but have been in
a measure counteracted. A very commodious and
respectable building was erected some years ago, in
which have been schools of considerable importance,
and at present a school is in operation under the supervision
of competent teachers, and which is exerting a
salutary influence upon the town and community.
The society of Nacogdoches is refined and intelligent,
and the stranger, probably, would not observe any difference
between it and the towns in the older States.
The population is between five and six hundred. In
this number of inhabitants is embraced the usual number
of professional men, merchants and mechanics.
The town is situated upon an eminence, and presents
an imposing and agreeable appearance. The Spanish
style of building has nearly disappeared by the erection
of new buildings. By the good taste already manifested,
it may be inferred that it is destined to be a
town which will possess attractions for general appearance,
as well as for its moral and respectable character.
Nacogdoches and San Augustine are situated upon
what is called the " Red lands," a soil peculiar to a
considerable portion of Eastern Texas, which, on account
of being strongly infused with iron, is quite red.
The various appearances which are observed in this
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