Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin. Page: 148 of 196
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TEXAS IN 1850.
May the " Baylor University " prove a copious fountain
of living water, sending out its streams in every
direction to fertilize the land, and extend its influence
into every department of life.
West of Independence, in Fayette county, is the small
but pleasant town of Rutersville, named for the lamented
Dr. Ruter. This town also is the seat of a flourishing
College under the patronage of the Methodist denomination.
This institution was chartered and went into successful
operation in 1840, and has maintained an uninterrupted
career of usefulness to the present period. It
has imparted the benefits of education to more than
eight hundred of the youth of Texas.
With its pleasant and healthful location, its able
board of instruction and numerous friends, it is destined
to exert an important degree of influence in promoting
the cause of education.
West of Rutersville, on the Colorado river, is La
Grange, situated in the midst of a beautiful and fertile
region of country. This town is proverbial for its
unparalleled beauty, on account of its local situation,
and the taste and neatness of its arrangement.
Its eligible situation gives it a commanding prospect.
The surrounding country opens up to view,
clothed in beauty unsurpassed. Three or four miles
from town is a bluff of pure chalk, whose cliffs present
their snowy whiteness to the view of the surrounding
region, with an appearance which bespeaks loudly of
thQ natural products of the country, and the valuable
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Rankin, Melinda. Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin., book, 1850; Boston. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6107/m1/148/: accessed December 17, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .