Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin. Page: 187 of 196
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TEXAS IN 1850.
have ever visited thisbeautiful region, concur in ascribing
to it beauties unsurpassed. While we disclaim imaginary
paintings and fictitious speculations, we feel justified
in the assertion that no country is more eminently
favored by nature, both for beauty and excellence, than
Indianola, formerly known as Indian Point, is a beautiful
and pleasant little city, improving so rapidly during
the last twelve months as to attract general attention.
It now extends three fourths of a mile along the beach,
unlike all other portions of the margin of Matagorda
Bay, so remarkable for its beauty and cleanliness as to
be the favorite place of resort Sf the Camanche Indians
from time immemorial, on account of the abundance of
fresh water, and the wild fruit that grew in its vicinity.
The population is about five hundred. The town is
increasing rapidly with every prospect and facility of
future importance. The United States Government,
after very thorough examination, has removed all its
business to this place from port Lavacca. The government
stores intended for San Antonio, Austin, Fredericsburg,
Paso del Norte, and the upper frontier posts,
are now landed at Indianola. A large amount of shipping
is done through its wharves to New Orleans and
other ports. Indianola, from its fine and accessible
position on the main land, is destined to be one of the
first commercial towns in Texas.
Goliad, situated on the San Antonio river, and about
thirty miles from the coast, is a town of some interest;
though not having great claims upon popularity, it
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