Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin. Page: 152 of 196
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TEXAS IN 1860.
The population of permanent citizens in Austin does
not exceed eight hundred; accessions and improvements
have not been considerable of late, but its recent re.
assignment as seat of government will give it a new impulse,
and probably render it a city of pre-eminent
The Colorado has been navigated as far as Austin,
but on account of the present unimproved condition of
the river, steam-boating cannot be prosecuted successfully.
The commercial resources of this portion of the
State will be incomplete, until proper measures are
brought into operation for removing impediments which
now obstruct' the navigation of the Colorado, as
well as other rivers in Texas which are susceptible of
being made subservient to steam-boat navigation, and
to facilitate communication far into the interior of the
country. The Colorado is'five hundred miles long, and
might be rendered available for transportation to a
considerable extent, during a good part of the year.
Austin is not remarkable for its religious character,
nor for its superabundance of refined society. The
population has been hitherto fluctuating and composed
of a variety of grades.
Galveston, the chief commercial emporium of Texas,
is situated on a bay of the same name. Galveston Bay
extends about forty miles inland, and must, necessarily,
be the medium of foreign commerce, as there is no
other access by sea-board which is so favorable. Indeed,
Galveston, as a harbor, is said to be much superior
to any other on the Gulf between Pensacola and Vera
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Rankin, Melinda. Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin., book, 1850; Boston. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6107/m1/152/: accessed September 25, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .