Description of CCTX - 1853

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Description of CCTX - 1853 - Letter from Western Texas.. Special...
Letter from Western Texas.. Special Correspondence of the Picayune Coarcs Crbjsti, April 16, 1853. The road from San Antonio to Corpus Christi, via the Medina, San Antonio and Nueces river passes through a region of country unsurpassed in Texas for beauty and fertility, although as yet the larger portion ia sparsely settled. Upon the State, order the was let condition. and - relation been very City citizens 21st and busy of I first named stream, many extensive farms and States I stock ranches are to be found, some of which have been worked for more than a hundred years; and on the San Antonio, as far as the road skirts that stream, the settlements are as thick and almost as ancient From Calvier's Ranch, a well - known farm on the San Antonio, which, in tbe early days of Texas, has been the scene of many a hard fought battle, to the Nueces, not a settlement is to be seen, although the land is as rich as on the banks of the streams. and water is sufficiently abundant for all purposes. This has heretofore been owing to the frequent incursions of the Indians, with whom this section of Texas has ever been a favorite resort,. from the great abundance of tbe game, rjut these may be said to have almost entirely ceased, in consequence of the establishment of military poets at convenient distances, and the constant passage of the troop and guarded trains through the country : and there can be little doubt that in a short time thia beautiful but now deserted country will be as thickly settled aa that further east. The valley of the Weedy, on this route, is said to be the richest in Western Texas, and from personal observation I am inclined to believe it The road strikes the Nueces at Fort Merrill, which is situated on the slope of a hill, on the west bank. Hence to Corpus Chrinti it follows tbe open prairie, only touching the river at intervals, but croxsiug the I.jgarta and Caa Hlau - ca creeks. The valley of the Nueces ia very rich, and within tbe last three years has been settled up extensively. The inrursioin of Indians are no longer feared, and many emigrants from England and Scotland, as well as from the older States of the United States, are now engaged in cultivating land which richly repays their toiL Two companies of Mounted Rifles are stationed at Fort Merrill, commanded by Capta. Duncan and Hatch, and Lieut. McKae. Corpus Christi is one of the pleasantest sum mer residences in the Southern country. It situation upon a high bluff ou Corpus Christi Bay, the strong southeastern breezes - which prevail for the greater portion of the year, the beautiful and fertile back country, tbe proximity of the Nueces river and its freedom from mogquitoee, all combine to render it one of the most healthy as well as. agreeable towns in Texa. The waters of the bay swarm with fish, and abound with oysters and turtle of a superior quality, while the land furnishes any and erery. variety of game. The headquarter of the Eighth Military Department are now fixed at Corpus Christi' and numerous buildings have been and are being erected for the use of the Government. The building material used here is peculiar. It is a concrete of sand, lime and shells, which i moulded iato bricks, and which hardens by exposure to the atmosphere. Many fiue stores and private residences have already been erected of this material, and their appearance would do credit to any city in the Union. The vast prairies which extend from the Nueces to the Rio Graude, and which afford such facilities for raising cattle, appear to point to I Corpus Christi aa the natural point for extennive beef - packing establishments, and one has been erected on the beach, a short distance from the town. The newly - discovered process by which fresh killed beef is completely cored within twenty - four hours, ha recently been tried here, and specimen have been sent on to New York and Washington for inspection. The salt used is Turk's Island, as tbe Government directs that the beef intended for the use of the troops shall oe cured with that alone ; yet within a few miles of town are to be found inexhaustible salt ponds and lakes, wbkh are said to produce a far superior article. This busines i destined to form an important item in the industrial pursuit of Western Texas, which is better adapted for raising stock than any other portion of our country. Corpus, among its other attractions, boast an excellent hotel, at which all the delicacies of the sea and land are served up in great abundance. A single look at the rotund person of mine host, Noeasel, better known a " the Baron," will satisfy the traveler that be understand good, living, and a little experience will convince him that the said " Baron" is competent to cater for the most refined and fastidious of guests. Gen. Harney and bis aid - de - camp, Lieut. T. J. Wood, arrived here a few days since. Gen. Smith, the commander of the department, is expected at Indianola in a few daya c c Fort last the add of at on the of in - re the to i as by el as a on of present tal that j by suu and just the far people the to be The be and is of city, of hotel it tinctured those

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  1. The Times-Picayune,
  2. 26 Apr 1853, Tue,
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