|<>To: J. R. Robertson, Esq., Houston, Texas
July 16, 1874
Pursuant to the request of the Police Court of Burnet County, that we comply with your circular in getting up such statistics as you desire, we have the honor to make the following report. And for fear that the interest we feel in the welfare of our county might influence us in framing this report, we have decided to give the statement of hard-working men, who are tillers of the soil, whose honesty and veracity cannot be questioned.
Aside from these gentlemen, we have conversed with Messrs. Berry, Harris, McCarty, Frank Thomas and other farmers in the immediate vicinity of the town of Burnet, all of whom state that they have excellent crops, and are ready and willing to testify that this county is most remarkable for its health.<>
<>Soil of the County<> >
Black mulatto, red sandy loam.
Cotton, corn, wheat, rye, oats, barley, millet and hungarian grass.
Cedar, post-oak, pecan, black-jack, and elm.
Timber and prairie equally divided.
Price of land - from $1.50 to $2.50 per acre, unimproved.
Proportion of land in cultivation, one-fifteenth of the land in the county.
Terms of Rent
Land can be rented at four dollars per acre, or for one-third of the corn,
one-fourth of the cotton, wheat, oats, etc.
Silver and lead mines have been opened on Beaver Creek,
sixteen miles west of Burnet town, but are not worked to any extent.
No county in the State has the same amount of good water power as Burnet,
including the great Marble Falls on the Colorado River.
Schools and Churches
The county Superintendent states that there are twenty-five organized schools in the county
and all of these school houses are used as places for Divine worship.
The numerous beautiful streams that interlace this county, make it one of the best watered counties in the State.
The magnificent building rock is an inducement to settlers to make substantial improvements,
while the immense cedar brakes scattered over the county affords rails that never decay.
At least four-fifths of the population came here as invalids,
and the robust and healthy appearance of the settlers and their off-spring
gives undeniable proof of the health of the county.
Hoping that this report may be satisfactory, we are, sir,
Johnson & Hammond
Land Agents, Burnet, Burnet County, Texas