The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 57, July 1953 - April, 1954

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

the bones of a Pleistocene tiger in Friesenhahn Cave near San
Antonio, Texas; and a brief account, with illustrations, of the
flint artifacts found in association with mammoth bones last year
near Santa Isabel Iztapan, in the Valley of Mexico, heretofore
described only in Spanish.
The numerous illustrations of artifacts, mostly drawings by
Hal Story, are uniformly excellent. Of particular interest are
Story's full-page sketches of the big game animals of Pleistocene
America-elephant, giant bison, horse, camel, ground sloth, tapir,
dire wolf, and tiger-all now extinct but intimately known by
the earliest inhabitants of the New World.
T. N. CAMPBELL
The University of Texas
The Road to Santa Fe. Edited by Kate L. Gregg. Albuquerque
(The University of New Mexico Press), 1952. Pp. viii +
280. $4.50.
The early overland trail between the Anglo-American settle-
ments in Missouri and the Spanish settlements in New Mexico
has become one of those romanticized highlights in American
history. The Road to Santa Fe is a documentary study of that
route as surveyed in 1825 by an American commission. The
author-editor, Dr. Kate L. Gregg, a retired English teacher, has
for many years been interested in history and in George Champlin
Sibley, whose papers at Lindenwood College were in her custody.
Trail study, like census analysis, genealogy, and some other
branches of history, deals with the individual and the specific
rather than with the group and the general. For this reason it is
one of the more exacting areas of the larger field of history, and
it is the requirement of exactness that lends to trail study a good
part of its charm. Many historians find relief and relaxation in
working with the tangible evidence of topography as contrasted
with the necessary uncertainty of hypotheses, theories, and gen-
eralizations. For those who have discovered the rewards of trail
study, this book by Dr. Gregg will be welcome, for it presents
a detailed original account of Thomas Hart Benton's "d--d road
to Santa Fe."
The Road to Santa Fe is not a trail study in the sense that it
accurately connects a route to present topography, although an

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