Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin. Page: 120 of 196
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TEXAS IN 1860.
musquite, affording rich and inexhaustible pasturage for
innumerable herds of stock and wild game, where they
luxuriate in the greatest numbers.
Buffalo, the county site of Henderson county, is a
town of some importance, and should the Trinity be
navigated as high as this place, as it is thought it will be,
it will become an important commercial point. A government
depot is established at Buffalo, and several
mail routes concentrate there.
For the last two years emigrants from Missouri and
Illinois have been settling in the upper counties of
the Trinity valley. Some parts are becoming densely
settled, and offer important openings for usefulness.
It is not at all improbable that the Trinity valley
possesses many valuable resources which have not yet
been developed. Within the vicinity of Magnolia and
Navarra has been found, recently, iron ore, the quality
'of which has been determined by competent judges
to be good and is worked with profit. The quantity of
this mineral is reputed to be very extensive, and quite
White and red chalk are obtained from the same region
of country, which is described to be quite clear and free
from impurities, and exists in great abundance in the
vicinity of the iron mineral. Bituminous coal is, also,
found on different parts of the Trinity, both above and
below Magnolia, and has been in use some time for
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