The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 34, July 1930 - April, 1931 Page: 25
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Through Texas and Northern Mexico in 1846-1847
they would drive theirs in they would follow. Some of them did
and got their horses over. I then swam back and took another.
In this way we were soon over. In less than half a mile, we had
to strip and swim another stream, or slough. After getting over
we had not gone a mile, before we came to a creek, the bridge over
which had washed away by the recent rain. It was now quite
dark and to find a crossing place, in the dark night was impos-
sible. The beds of these streams are often much deeper than
wide. We unsaddled. I hobbled my horse and turned him out to
grass. Spread my blankets and lay down to sleep. None of us
had a bite to eat, nor had, had since sun rise.
We were on horse-back before sun rise on the morning of the
10th. Crossed the creek with a good deal of difficulty, rode six
miles and breakfasted with fine appetites at one James Halbird's.
He is lame from a wound received in an engagement with a party
of Mexicans and Indians in 1838. He is a fine, hospitable fellow.
Land improving in quality.
11th. Passed over some beautiful country to look at, but too
rolling for so sandy a soil, - will not last more than 4 or 5 years.
Woods more open this evening. Timber, pine, red and post oak.
Less sand in the Soil, which is of a deep reddish color. Passed
several pretty little glade prairies - these prairies have once been
lakes, I'm inclined to believe from the shells of crustacious fish
found in them, as well as from the fact, that they are surrounded
by woody hills. Passed through a good tract of land this evening.
Several good farms. On one, there was a field of corn, contain'd I
should think, 100 acres. Some of the party thought 200 acres,
this corn would average 9 or 10 bbls. per acre. We staid to night
at one Kellogue's. About 4 years ago 18 of the family, with one
other individual were killed in one house, by the Mexicans and
Indians. Rode yesterday and to day through Upsher, Smith
and Cherokee counties, the best of this land lies on the head
waters of the Nechis.
12th. Crossed the Nechis this morning by swiming. Some
beautiful glade prairie (low bottom prairie) dotted here and there
with groves of pine, oak, and hickory. Nothing in woodland
scenery can surpass in beauty and symmetry many of these groves.
The mount prairie settlement about two miles from the Nechis,
on the hill is one of the most beautiful places, I've ever yet seen.
The woods surpass any park, or pasture you will see. But it is
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