The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 36, July 1932 - April, 1933 Page: 52
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until ten, nooned it until four, left and made "camp monument"
about nine o'clock this evening. We p [r]obably came over this
"Jornado" of forty three miles with as little hurt to the cattle as
ane one else before us, lost only one steer.
Found good cool water in a Lagoona by the roadside.
5 Thursday. Cloudy last night, prospect of rain at early morn-
ing, it came about ten o'clock, not very severe tho.
Toward noon had a bath in the Lagoona. - You may imageine
how grateful it was after driving for two days and nights through
clouds of dust. .. .40
This camp takes its name from the monument erected by the
U. S. and Mexican Surveyors; it is a small mound with a square
post set in the top, with this inscription: "U. S. & Mexican
Boundary Survey 1851. Middle of Rio Gila bears North 66 1/4
West distant 1958 feet. Decem 12th A. B. Gray U. S. Surveyor."
6th Friday. Fine day for travelling. As we left camp we
entered the Gila bottom, and for one mile had a heavy growth of
Careless Weed; it must have been ten feet high, and with difficulty
we could get through.
Made eighteen miles today, after noon we watered in the river.
Near night found a camping place one mile from water. In pass-
ing along, saw a number of white birds, with the tips of the wings
black; they were about the size of a crow.
Passing through the forest of cactii a few days ago I noticed two
Indian arrows high up in two of them, for what purpose I can't
tell; the arrows were shot entirely through.
7th Saturday. Clear and warm.
Killed a beef today; ate enormously of it after being without for
some time. Had a comfortable bath.
8th Sunday. Left camp early, and made about twelve miles to
camp on the Rio.
Rough and rocky road; near the roadside is a small hill of rocks.
These are covered with various characters such as Indians are
accustomed to make on stone, the surface is black, and hard, it
seems as if the figures were scratched th[r]ough the surface, and
time has worn them some deeper, and given them the appearance
of natural grey veins in the stone.
"Here the diary contains a page of pencil sketches of various eactii
native to the country through which the trail herd was passing, together
with some brief comments on each.
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 36, July 1932 - April, 1933, periodical, 1933; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101093/m1/60/: accessed July 27, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.