SOUTHWESTERN TEXAS—Can you or some reader describe climate, soil, crops, game and fur of Southern Texas?
I live in Southern Texas, about twenty miles east of Houston, in Harris Co., writes a reader of H-T-T. As to climate it is very difficult to give even an average, as it differs so with different winters. I have known corn to grow all winter, out in the field. This winter the lowest temperature was sixteen degrees above zero, but I have known it to go to twelve. In summer the temperature is seldom above 100 degrees, in the shade, and seldom below eighty. Spring is here usually by the middle of February, and I have eaten ripe dewberries in March. Our hot weather commences about the middle of June and ends about September 15th. We seldom have frost before November. We have most of our rain during the winter, but enough through the summer to raise crops. The surface all along the coast is level land, mostly prairie, some timber and some marsh along the water. As you get back away from the coast about forty miles it gets rolling.
Most of the coast country is fairly well settled, differing of course in different localities. , In this locality you will find families about every half mile. As to agriculture, I think there is more rice raised than all other crops combined, in the coast country, though there is lots of truck farming done, strawberries being a great crop. They also raise sweet potatoes and Irish potatoes, sugar cane, sorghum, oats, corn, cotton, etc., but for general farming the seasons cannot be depended on. For furs we have plenty of coons, opossums, skunks, a few mink, grey foxes, weasels, otters, wildcats, and a few bears in one or two localities. We have a few deer, turkeys, geese, brant, ducks, quail, and doves. But all are disappearing fast, owing to poor and lax game laws.
Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.
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