Lower Brazos River Canals

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Communities have spent more than 100 years mastering the mighty Brazos River and its waterways. In the 1800s, Stephen F. Austin chose the Brazos River as the site for the first Texas colony because of its vast water and fertile soil. Within 75 years, a pumping station would herald the way for crop management. A sugar mill that was eventually known as Imperial Sugar spurred community development. In 1903, John Miles Frost Jr. tapped the Brazos to expand the Cane and Rice Belt Irrigation System while Houston newspapers predicted the infrastructure marvel would change the region's future—and it did. Within a few decades, the Texas agricultural empire caused Louisiana to dub Texas farmers "the sugar and rice aristocracy." As the dawn of the industrial age began, the Brazos River and its waterways began supplying the Texas Gulf Coast industry.
ISBN: 9781467132244
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Texas
Series: Images of America
Images: 181
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Lora-Marie Bernard worked with regional museums, libraries, and water authorities in Brazoria, Galveston, and Fort Bend Counties to compile Lower Brazos River Canals and illustrate the importance the river has had in building the Texas Gulf Coast. She is a national award-winning Texas journalist who has spent decades covering environmental and public affairs topics.
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