Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin. Page: 186 of 196
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TEXAS IN 1850.
which have been made in so short a period, were made
mainly through the influence of one individual,
Castro, who has expended a large fortune in establishing
the colony. The inhabitants, who are Roman Catholics,
have a resident priest among them, and are erecting a
spacious stone church.
The Medina is a clear rapid stream, affording ample
advantages for mill seats, and some future day will, no
doubt, be occupied by extensive cotton and woollen factories
and flouring mills. The region of country around
Castroville is favorable to the production of wheat, and
probably, in a few years, a sufficient quantity of this
grain will be raised in this portion of country to supply
the whole State.
The foot of the mountain is not more than one mile
from the town. The vicinity of the mountains abounds
with specimens of iron ore. It is reputed to be abundant,
and of a remarkably pure quality, which might, no
doubt, be rendered a valuable source of wealth to the
country. This portion of Texas, perhaps, more than
any other combines advantages for extensive speculations
in agricultural and manufacturing enterprises.
The natural beauty of this section surpasses description.
The lofty mountain, the broad expansive prairie,
the pure transparent stream of water, concur to vary
the scenery and render it peculiarly lovely. Boasting
New England. and far-famed Switzerland, with their
mountains, lakes, and picturesque landscapes, cannot
compete with or outvie Texas
Western Texas, the loveliest
land upon which the sun ever shone. All, who
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Rankin, Melinda. Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin., book, 1850; Boston. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6107/m1/186/: accessed July 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .