Lamar County was organized 1841. Its area is 900 square miles;
present population, 42,000; whites, 34,000; colored 8,000; scholastic
population, 15,000; wealth valuation of the county, $17,000,000;
assessed valuation, $11,500,000; per cent of taxes on the $100, 70
cents; available funds of the county, $ 36,000; bonded debt, $44,500 ;
number of acres of school lands in the county, 1,200; number of acres
of improved land, one-third of county, valued at $13.50 per acre;
unimproved land, two-thirds, valued at $5 per acre; about one-third of
county is timbered land; about two-thirds of county is prairie land;
soil, gray and black; average farm productions per acre are cotton,
from one-half to one bale; corn, 20 to 65 bushels oats, 60 bushels per
acre. The following fruits are successfully grown : Peaches, pears,
apples, plums, grapes, figs strawberries and black berries. Coal is
found in the county- It is watered by springs, rivers and creeks; has
three lines of railroads, T. Sc P., St. Louis & San Francisco, G.
.C. & S. F. (
M. & Sabine
graded) passing through the county. It has 65 churches, 133 schools,
40 mills and 9 manufactories. The court house is valued at 175,000;
the jail at $38,000; poor farm at $7,000.
The above is prepared with great care and may be relied on. Sam H.
, the county seat of Lamar, has a population of 13,000. 1ocation is
just is the edge of the timber, the oaks and elms, which reach back to
Red river, twenty miles north of the city. The principal part of the
city lies high and dry, on sandy ground, very little being on the
black sticky soil, which stretches south over rolling prairies, thirty
miles to the Delta county line.
For ten years
had but one railroad, and as an unflavored station on a single line of
railway, her population grew to 1,000 vs. a mere station, she shipped
more cotton annually than
has three railroads in operation, viz: the
and Pacific, the Gulf,
, and the St. Louis & San Francisco. These roads connect
with all the principal marts of the V. S. Besides these three lines in
operation, there are two other lines under way of construction, and
will be completed to
in the near future. One of these will give us a short route to
. The outlier will connect us with the coal fields on the north.
has a fine system of waterworks; fine churches, fine schools public
and private, male and female.
Every day people are coming from the various cities and states, and
casting their fortunes with the enterprising, moral and social
citizens who have made
what it is, and who extend a hand of welcome to those who will come
what it is to be— a city of 25,000 souls.
The above was kindly furnished by Early & Early, Real Estate and
No. 112 S. Main Street
. The Immigrants Guide
to Texas Giving Descriptions of Counties, Towns and Villages, with
Valuable Historical and Statistical Information ... Dallas, Tex.,
Wilmans Bros., printers, 1888 dd
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