The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 7, July 1903 - April, 1904 Page: 307

Journal of Austin.

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we therefore had great difficulty in following the road and getting
through Caves & vines & did not reach the Prairie before night-
just before dark after we had almost despaired of getting through
that day struck the Prairie at a delightful clear running spring
Creek where we encamped for the night-
Fryday 21, made an early start & continued on a north course,
the land adjoining the river bottom is rolling Prairie, intersected
by small streams of runing water, land of the first kind of black
.sandy soil. In about 3 miles the land became rather more sandy
though very good and abundantly watered & timbered up to the
road, which we struck about 4 oclk and encamped on a clear run-
ing spring branch about 4 miles from the river- to the east
of where we struck the Prairie there is a large Creek, distant
about six miles from the river heavy timbered & good land-
.saw abundance of mustang signs.
3 or 4 miles below the labaddie road there are two small traces
which probably go to Oppelousas- Saturday 22d. About 11
o'clk Mr Lovelace and his party came up, they had to swim the
river- they reported that the Country they came over was superior
to any thing they had seen before in the Province, they found two
fine springs that broke out from under a sand rock, crossed a
number of fine runing Creeks all good water and many of them
large enough for mills, abundance of timber, and land all first
rate and very rolling- the River bottom about 2 miles wide
heavy timbered no overflow- the range of rich land on the
west side is about 150 miles in length and generally extends from
one river to the other, on the St. Antonio it is the same, 25 miles
above one of our company (Higginbottom) had been through &
he said it was the same & two -of the company H-- & Barr had
crossed it at the Wacoe village 60 or 70 miles further up and it
was the same there only rather more rolling & plenty of mill seats
-saw several Bear and plenty of sign-near the mouth of Brassos
there are plenty of wild cattle. we saw abundance of cattle.1
1Here the Journal breaks off. Austin returned to Louisiana and made
immediate preparation to establish a colony in Texas. He reached Texas
again with his first small party of immigrants in December, 1821.-E.
C. B. 301
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