Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin. Page: 123 of 196
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TEXAS IN 1850.
scarcely necessary. It attracted settlement in the
early condition of Texas, and has become proverbial for
its unparalleled facilities for agricultural purposes, and
the late improvements which have been made in navigating
this stream has increased greatly its importance
and given a new impulse to its settlement. The entire
practicability of navigating the river has been successfully
tested, and this has induced settlers of large means
to seek locations on its fertile valleys. ,Emigration has
been immense during the last year, consisting of a
highly valuable class of citizens, who not only possess
the means of developing the resources of the soil, but
whose moral worth is happily calculated to make a favorable
impression on society. A large share of the emigration
is settling in the middle and upper counties of
the Brasos valley.
The country of upper Brasos north of the Pecos, has
not been explored so as to be known extensively; some
parts, however, are ascertained to be intersected with
beautiful valleys, well watered and fertile, and supposed
to contain many valuable minerals, and, perhaps, gold.
An expedition is preparing for the purpose of developing
its valuable resources.
Great confidence is expressed that steam-boats will
soon be able to ascend as far as the falls of Brasos.
Nothing, perhaps, is facilitating the interests of
Texas so much as-improving the navigation of the rivers,
and this is fully exemplified since attention has been
paid to this subject. The difficulties which have, hitherto,
attended the transportation of the products, have
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Rankin, Melinda. Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin., book, 1850; Boston. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6107/m1/123/: accessed September 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .