This item appeared in The Northern Standard,
Clarksville, Tex., on 7 Apr 1849, page 4, col. 4,
and on other dates.
Obvious typographical errors have been corrected.
TOWN OF TAOS.
Head of Navigation on the Trinity
THE above town has been laid off at Porter's Bluff on the west bank of the Trinity. The immense advantages held out to the Merchant, Farmer, Mechanic, and Professional man, in search of a location, are such as will impress every person in its favor, who values health, a rich soil, and a genial climate.
The Merchant, will here find a tract of country 100 miles in extent, dependent upon this point for supplies.
The Farmer can purchase good land in the immediate vicinity, at from 50 cents to one dollar per acre; the title indisputable; consisting of choice black and mulatto colored soil; timber and prairie; in point of richness fully equal to the American bottoms on the Mississippi, or the bottom lands on the Red and Arkansas Rivers; affording an excellent stock range both summer and winter, and well calculated for the growth of Corn, Cotton, Wheat, Rye, Oats, and Garden vegetables.
The Mechanic and Professional man, can pursue their several occupations with profit, and will have the advantage of rapidly increasing population.
There is sufficient water power for Mill and manufacturing purposes.
This being the nearest Bluff to the foot of the raft, and accessible the greater part of the year to boats of light draught, affords the most desirable depot for storing goods destined for upper Texas, and the adjoining States of New Mexico.
The roads from Shreveport, Mouth of Mill Creek, and Kiamichi on Red River; also from Paris, and Bonham, intersect the road leading to Porter's Bluff in and near Kingsborough prairie.
The Trinity bottom, at this point is scarcely half a mile wide, with but one slough, over which a good Bridge has been built.
Whereas at every other crossing the Bottom is from 3 to 5 miles wide, and cut up with innumerable sloughs. A direct line from Clarksville prairie to Austin, would cross the Trinity river in the immediate neighborhood of Porter's Bluff.
This route now having a good and perfectly straight road between these points, will make it the most popular line of travel to the West.
Persons desirous of purchasing lots, will please apply to the subscriber.
R. H. PORTER
At the Bluff
Dec. 10th, 1847
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