Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin. Page: 107 of 196
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TEXAS IN 1850.
Douglass have less occasion for censure than many other
Crockett, on the same route, forty miles west of
Douglass, constitutes the county site of Houston county.
This is a town, also, which aspires not unduly for
aggrandizement. By its appearance a stranger would
not infer that it acted upon the principle of " going
ahead," which characterized its name-sake in such an
important degree. Crockett, however, manifests a very
respectable appearance, and is proverbial for the
morality of its citizens. The various institutions for
promoting the best interests of the people are in operation,
and peace and order abound. A resident clergyman
of the Cum. Pres. church administers the gospel;
and has a highly respectable church, and a very
good building for public worship.
Crockett is the last town of Eastern Texas on this
route before coming to the Trinity river, which is distant
some forty miles. As we have made but a limited
examination of this division, it might not be uninteresting
to take a glance of what is considered the Northern
portion of Eastern Texas. The usual entrance into this
part is by the way of Shreveport, La., and which, probably,
is admitting emigration as rapidly as any other
portion of the State. The fertile lands on the Red
river, and the advantages of navigation have attracted
settlements to such a degree, that some of the counties
contain a dense and wealthy population. Appeals are
frequently made from that source for an enlarged system
of moral and intellectual improvements, those pos
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