Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin. Page: 182 of 196
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TEXAS IN 1850.
are forming within a circle of twenty-five miles of it in
almost every direction; which are calculated to contribute
greatly to its growth and importance.
" San Antonio de Bexar has, for many years, been a
city of great interest to strangers, and may the day
never come in its history, when its noble name, asso.
ciated with years and scenes of stirring interest, long
since passed away, and more recently associated with
events of thrilling interest and deeds of valor, memorable
in the history of Texas, shall lose its magic power,
or cease to be the name of the ancient, the Monumental
City of Texas."
Gonzales, situated on the Gaudaloupe river, is a place
of growing importance. This town is distinguished as
being the opening scene of the war of the Revolution,
and it hence acquired the appellation of the" Lexington
of Texas." The situation is elevated, healthy, and
pleasant, and possesses many natural advantages. Its
former prosperity was retarded by Indian hostilities,
and in 1842 was nearly desolated ; but it revived, and
is, at the present, rapidly advancing in population and
importance. The various reforming elements of society
are in operation--a flourishing Temperance Society
and a Union Sabbath School seems a very good index
by which to judge of the sentiment of the people.
Gonzales has less of the evils to contend with, Mexican
population and influence, than many other towns
in Western Texas, and hence its religious and general
character presents a more favorable appearance. The
town and vicinity being settled, mostly, by emigrants
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