Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin. Page: 151 of 196
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TEXAS IN 1850.
and sublimity. The elevation is too hundred and fifty
feet above the river, which meanders at its foot with
majestic beauty, and, on account of falls which extend
some few miles flows with an increased velocity.
On the west of the mountain lies a grove of cedar,
interspotted with other kinds of timber, the appearance
of which from the summit of the mountain is peculiarly
On the east lies a prairie, extending far away beyond
the power of vision. An individual who has never beheld
one of those " Elysian fields" can form but a faint
conception of the sublime emotions produced by their
prospect from an elevated summit. The exceeding
scarceness of mountainous scenery in Texas greatly enhances
the enjoyment of the scene. On the south lies
the city of Austin, the appearance of which from the
top of the mountain is truly romantic and were we inclined
to employ our pen in the unearthly descriptions
of romance, a more favorable situation could not be
desired than the summit of this mountain. Though
Austin has no claims upon artificial beauty, its natural
scenery compensates very materially. The vicinity of
the city affords delightful locations for residences, which
might combine beauty and interest.
Although Austin is not the central position of the
population of the State, it still retains the preference of
the people for being the seat of government. Since
the commencement of the present year an election has
taken place for the seat of.government for the next
twenty years, and Austin has received the vote of the
people, sufficient to constitute it as such.
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Rankin, Melinda. Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin., book, 1850; Boston. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6107/m1/151/: accessed July 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .