The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 34, July 1930 - April, 1931 Page: 23
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Through Texas and Northern Mexico in 1846-1847
deep and rapid. Is navigable for Steam boats 250 miles above,
the water very red and turbid. The bottom on the south side is 3
miles wide, the depth of the soil, equal to the depth of the rivers
bed. Timber, cotton wood, oak, walnut and box elder: The
bottom is almost entirely coverd with cane which grows to the
height of 30 feet, and so thick you cannot see but a few feet from
the road. Here the rays of the sun for at least 4 months in the
year never penetrate to the earth. After winding for sometime
through the dark tortuous way, we came suddenly on a grove of
young cotton-wood growing on a sandy plain, the rays of an
evenings sun checkering through their beautiful leaves and falling
on the white sand, produced an effect pleasing in the extreme, when
contrasted with the dark forest a round. The bottom abound [s]
with wild cattle, bears, wolvs and panthers. There are a few fine
cotton farms on the second bottom. The first is overflown in the
spring to the depth of 30 feet in many places. On these farms
the [y] often raise from two to three thousands lbs cotton per acre.
But it is very unhealthy here, and the water moust foul. No
stagnant pond in Ky. is as bad, as the best here.
6th. Crossed the Texas line today about 9 A. M. Country
very Sandy, pine and oak barrens. Passed one or two good farms;
but this land soon wears out, and when worn out, is past redemp-
tion. The range is fine, however, for stock. I think it would be
one of the finest for sheep. The country this evening very much
resembles the barrens in Ky.
7th. Had two joints of spoiled pork for supper lant night -
the other fare to match - so that my first experience of Texan
fare was not the most agreeable. This morning the place of the
pork (which was sent from the table, at supper) was supplied by
a dish of beef so tough, that it might have defied the masticators
of an alligator or Hyena. Crossed the Sulphur fork early this
morning, a deep narrow stream, the bottom 4 miles wide and very
swampy; all over flown during the spring months. To day we
found at a cabin on the road, Lieut. Brown of Clays Co. with two
other Kentuckians and three Tennesseans, one of the latter had
died only a few hours before - the balance all recovering - it
was showry this morning. about noon, the clouds seemed to gether
from all quarters and it rained throughout the evening and greater
part of the night a perfect tornado, about sunset the wind arose
and blew tremendously from the west, many trees were blown down
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