Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin. Page: 150 of 196
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TEXAS IN 1860.
the river, sloping beautifully down to the water, with
ranges of timber -first oak, then pine, then cedar, rising
in regular succession behind it. The region of
country around Bastrop is exceedingly fertile, and the
pine timber is rendered an important source of wealth.
It is manufactured at Bastrop by means of a steam sawmill,
by which the surrounding country is supplied with
material for buildings.
Such is the scarcity and demand that the country
for some hundreds of miles depends upon being supplied
at Bastrop at the exorbitant price of $60 pr. M.
This fact is mentioned to show the inducement of
enlarging this department of manufacturing business,
and the openings for the enterprise of northern capitalists
who are operating on a much more limited scale
than that which Texas might afford them. Yankee
ingenuity and enterprise would not come amiss in
advancing the manufacturing interests of Texas.
Austin, the capital of the State, is pleasantly situated
on the Colorado river, two hundred miles from its
mouth, in the vicinity of the mountains, and on this account
frequently receives the appellation of" The city of
the Mountains." The elevations of land near Austin
will scarcely compare in height with Mount Washington
or the Alleganies, yet the contrast which they present
with the extensive prairies which are spread beneath
them, tends greatly to diversify the scenery and
render it peculiarly charming.
A summit of one of the mountains, some 38 miles
from Austin, presents a prospect unparalleled for beauty
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Rankin, Melinda. Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin., book, 1850; Boston. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6107/m1/150/: accessed August 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .