Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin. Page: 135 of 196
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TEXAS IN 1850.
Huntsville, twelve miles west of Cincinnati, on the
same route, is a town of growing importance. Although
of recent origin, it is rivalling in growth and prosperity
other towns in the State of older standing, and has
already taken rank among the most improving of the
The location of Huntsville was made soon after the
battle of San Jacinto. Though a place of some business,
its permanent prosperity commenced with its sele tion
as the seat of justice for Walker county. The
rapid increase of Huntsville cannot wholly be imputed
to its local situation, as its natural advantages are, in
many respects, inferior to some other towns whose progress
has been much less tardy. By the unparalleled
energy and public spirit of the inhabitants, its advantages
have been rendered subservient, in a very important
degree, in building up a town of reputation and importance.
A concentration of talent, enterprise and
morality is proven by the history of Huntsville, and the
rapid improvement under the circumstances speaks
much in favor of its future prosperity. A combination
of energy and purpose in building up its interest gives
abundant reason for predicting its future course to be
brilliant and consequential.
In point of health, Huntsville is superior to many
other towns, and on this account will attract emigrants,
who, in coming to Texas, make it a matter
of prominent importance to secure a location which is
reputed to possess this advantage. Its inland situation
subjects it to some disadvantages at the present,
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Rankin, Melinda. Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin., book, 1850; Boston. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6107/m1/135/: accessed July 27, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .