The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 53, July 1949 - April, 1950

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

W . Freeman's Report oH the i#hth M4iltar
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Edited by M. L. CRIMMINS
(Continued)
The distance from Fort Mason to Fort McKavett is variously esti-
mated at from 60 to 70 miles, but I do not think it exceeds 54 miles
-Course W. N. W. The journey was performed on the 17th and 18th
of August. The road, which for the first 23 miles is common to Forts
Chadbourne and McKavett, may be called a good one. The Chad-
bourne road, on diverging, crosses the San Saba, and after leaving
Fort Mason there is no water till this point is reached. The remainder
of the route to Fort McKavett is well watered. The country is not
settled beyond Fort Mason.
XVIII.-FoRT McKAVETT- (Inspected August 19, 1853.)
Fort McKavett is situated on an elevation near the right bank of
the river San Saba, about two miles from its source, in latitude 30o 50'
North, longitude 1oo 2o' West. A small stream arises from a spring
on the western side of the hill, and interposing between the post and
the river expands into a large lagoon and finally discharges its waters
by a narrow irregular channel into the river below. The post (see
Figure L.) which is about 300 yards from the lagoon and 500 from
the river, is elevated loo feet or more above its level and its altitude
above the sea is 2,o6o feet. The river flows through several lagoons
or bodies of sluggish water filled with aquatic plants, and lies in a
valley about one mile in width.
It is not known to whom the land occupied by the post actually
belongs, there being, it is said, several claimants. The Government
has thus far paid nothing for rent or for the cutting of timber. It is
understood, however, that there are many persons watching the oper-
ation of procuring timber for this and other posts in the Department,
with the view of buying the lands and putting in claim for remunera-
tion. Within 30 miles of the post all the material required for rafters,
joists, plates, sills and shingles, can be procured, of oak and pecan,
but this kind of wood can hardly be made to answer for flooring,
doors, sash and window or door frames, and for such purposes lumber
of a better description ought to be furnished. The buildings are put

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