The Schnively Expedition.
REMINISCENCES OF THE SCHNIVELY EXPEDITION
In the latter part of December, 1866, Colonel Dalrymple,' of
Georgetown, and Jacob Schnively, a noted prospector, created an
excitement over a supposed gold mine in the Sierra Nevada moun-
tains on the Rio Grande River. Colonel Schnively claimed to have
been there and he had in his possession several rich specimens of
galena quartz. He said that the mineral was to be found in inex-
In order to get men to accompany him as a guard, he promised
to give each man an equal share in the enterprise, and, if gold
should be found, to help to locate the land by certificate. Colonel
Dalrymple, who was a noted Indian fighter, was instrumental in
organizing the party. The writer, having made the trip through
the country near the place where the gold mine was supposed to be,
was selected for a guide. Colonel Dalrymple thought that ten men
would be all that were necessary for the occasion. The names of
those who were selected are as follows: Abe Hunter, Malcolm
Hunter, Warren Hunter, Tom Holly, John Coen, Tom Jones,
Temp. Robinson, Bud Robinson, George Carson,2 brother of the
famous Kit Carson, and A. Whitehurst.
We organized at Camp Colorado8 about the end of December,
1866, or in January, 1867. The exact date I have forgoTten. We
started well armed and equipped with six months' supplies. Every-
thing was carried on pack mules. After traveling three or four
days we concluded to camp on the Concho river and to kill buffalo
and cure as much buffalo meat as we could carry with us. While
in camp at the mouth of Kiowa Creek, near the head of the main
1William Cornelius Dalrymple.-H. E. B.
2George Carson was a member of the Mier Expedition. He escaped
death at Salado by drawing a white bean. After the first defeat of the
Schnively Expedition at the Concho River, mentioned further on, he re-
turned to Georgetown, where he died shortly afterward.
'In Coleman County.
Texas State Historical Association. The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 8, July 1904 - April, 1905. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101033/. Accessed March 27, 2015.