Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin. Page: 158 of 196
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TEXAS IN 1850.
all the public business was transacted. The town was
destroyed by fire during the Texan revolution, since
which it has been partially rebuilt, but has never reassumed
its former consequence.
The situation of San Felipe is particularly beautiful.
It is on a high prairie bluff, forty feet above the level
of the river, an elevation which is rarely to be met with
in this section of country.
San Felipe is still a place of some business, and retains
a good degree of respectability.
Matagorda, an interesting town of one thousand inhabitants,
is situated on a bay of the same name, at the
mouth of the Colorado river. Vessels drawing seven
feet of water approach within six miles of town. It is
considered a very healthy location
enjoying a constant
sea breeze, in all its fireshness and purity. Hence
it is sought as a summer's residence for the wealthy
planters of the vicinity.
Matagorda was settled quite early, and was formerly
a place of much business, being the only place of depot
on the Colorado river, and of an extensive fertile country,
which found its natural market at this point. Other
towns springing up have lessened its consequence somewhat;
it retains, however, a good degree of importance,
and has recently received a fresh impulse by which its
business is rapidly increasing.
The religious character of Matagorda is very respectable.
The Episcopal and Baptist churches have good
buildings, and the regular administration of the gospel.
The former consists of nearly 150 members. The
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Rankin, Melinda. Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin., book, 1850; Boston. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6107/m1/158/: accessed January 20, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .