Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin. Page: 144 of 196
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TEXAS IN 1850.
The people are generally industrious and moral citizens,
and have secured to the town a very respectable
character. The religious community comprises the
Presbyterians, Methodists, and Baptists; the latter
being probably the most numerous. An incorporated
Institute, under the supervision of efficient teachers, has
given the town and vicinity a good degree of eminence
in point of education. Its pleasant and healthy situation,
combined with its other advantages, renders it a
very interesting town, and one which will probably increase
in population and importance.
Washington, on the Brasos, is situated in the county
of the same name, and has an advantageous location
for a commercial town. Its situation, for purposes of
trade, as well as the fertility of the adjacent country,
gives it those advantages which insure its future prosperity
and importance. There is, perhaps, not a wealthieror
better settled portiohn of country in the State
than that which surrounds Washington.
It was one of the early settled towns, and was designed
by the provisional government as the seat of government
Its prosperity has been alternating, but has, at the
present, acquired a more permanent condition. The
recent improvements in the navigation of the river have
given a new impulse to business, and the town is in a
rapid state of improvement, and bids fair to become one
of the most important towns in Texas. Besides the advantages
of navigation and fertile soil, this country
possesses great facilities for manufacturing establish
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Rankin, Melinda. Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin., book, 1850; Boston. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6107/m1/144/: accessed March 29, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .