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Lower Brazos River Canals (Images of America) by Lora-Marie Bernard

By Lora-Marie Bernard

groups have spent greater than a hundred years getting to know the strong Brazos River and its waterways. within the 1800s, Stephen F. Austin selected the Brazos River because the website for the 1st Texas colony due to its mammoth water and fertile soil. inside seventy five years, a pumping station might usher in the best way for crop administration. A sugar mill that used to be ultimately referred to as Imperial Sugar spurred group improvement. In 1903, John Miles Frost Jr. tapped the Brazos to extend the Cane and Rice Belt Irrigation procedure whereas Houston newspapers expected the infrastructure wonder might swap the region's future--and it did. inside a couple of a long time, the Texas agricultural empire triggered Louisiana to dub Texas farmers "the sugar and rice aristocracy." because the sunrise of the commercial age all started, the Brazos River and its waterways started delivering the Texas Gulf Coast industry.

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