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View of a riding and driving horse at Nicholstone

Views of a few driving and riding horses at Nicholstone

Financial centers that are being born on the Gulf, and especially at Galveston,
which is, I think, fast becoming the greatest commercial port in the world.
Galveston has three grain elevators with storage capacity for 2,500,000
bushels, the best system of docks and warehouses in the country, and
among its manufacturing enterprises can be enumerated: a flour mill
with 1,400 barrels capacity daily, a modern brewery, three grist mills, a rice
mill, a large cotton mill, a bagging factory, a rope and twine factory, three
ice factories, two creosote plants, soap works, box and barrel factories,
machine shops, and many others which lack of space prevents enumerating.
The total number of manufacturing enterprises is 230, with an invested
capital of $6,000,000, employing 5,000 operators, with a yearly expendi-
ture for wages of between $2,000,000 and $2,500,000. (Extract from the
Kansas City Journal, December 2, 1897, from a speech delivered by Hon.
W. C. Edwards, of Edwards & Moffit, Port Arthur, Texas, excursion
agents: "A short time since I saw a vessel at Galveston, Texas, loaded
with 125,000 bushels of Kansas corn, bound for Liverpool. The same
sight may be seen frequently, and it is but the beginning.")

In addition to the: ocean steamship lines, transportation facilities are
had by means of the Missouri, Kansas & Texas, Gulf, Colorado & Santa Fe
Railways, the Galveston, Houston & Henderson, the International & Great
Northern, the Galveston, La Porte & Houston, and the Gulf & Interstate
Railroads. Preliminary surveys have also been made for a road direct to
West Texas, and an electric line to Houston, which will pass through the
Nicholstone country from north to south and from east to west.

The banking capital of Galveston is $20,000,000, and the total clear-
ings for the year ending August 31, 1897, were three hundred inillion dollars.,
The water supply and school systems are unrivalled.

Houston the railroad center of Texas, is just thirty miles from the
town of Nicholstone, and is one of the most prosperous and growing cities
of the Lone Star State. It is situated at the head of navigation on Buffalo
Bayou, and is the point at which thirteen railway systents radiate. It has a
population of 70,000, and is thel largest interior cotton ntarket in the United
States. Within its limits are located large railway machine shops, car
wheel works, cotton oil mills, furniture factories, brick works, breweries
and many other enterprises. The bank clearings will compare with any
city in the Southwest. There is an abundant water supply, and the edu-
cational advantages are excellent.

Views around the Wilkins home Nicholstone

A few views of the Norwegian Colony, Nicholstone
Nicholstone on the Bayou