The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 36, July 1932 - April, 1933 Page: 65
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A Log of the Texas-California Cattle Trail, 1854
Sam had been down expecting to meet me at this city so I just
missed seeing him one day.
San Francisco has many fancy names to indicate its splendour,
rapid growth, &c but none seem to me, so app [r]op [r]iate as the
"Magic City," for a man who has never seen it, can form no idea
of what San Francisco is; only about five years old, burnt down
twice; the tast displayed in architecture; the rapidity with which
improvements are pushed forward the groaning tables of the market
men, forests of shipping, the unceasing roar of the steam from
enormous black Hulls; the din of drays, water carts, cabs &c, make
a man question whether, the stories told in the Arabian Nights
Entertainments of the Wonderful Lamp, is not true.
On entering any street, in a business part of the city, the first
question arising in ones mind, is, "Where do so many fine horses
come from." The Dray and heavy Draughft ho[r]ses are brought
from Sidney in Australia; the enormous mules and lighter ho [r]ses
come across the Plains from the States.
The City is now supplied with water, by carts, the Fire Depart-
ment from enormous cisterns under and at the corners of the
streets. The enormous expense of supplying the city th[r]ough
pipes the distance being great has alone kept them from so doing.
Their fire proof houses is their only safty now.
One third of the City is built on water lots, a large Hotell has
under its foundation the Hulk of a large ship which is used for a
Sam came down from Sacremento, when he saw my arrival
announced in the lists of Passengers; after remaining a few days,
we started at noon, in one of the half dozen daily packets, for
Sacramento. These steamers are about as well kept, as the steam-
ers on the Missippi river. Distance from S. F. to Sac. is about one
hundred and fifty miles.
The stageing from one point to another is an enormous business,
and makes an old states' man ashamed of his "hundred-years-
We arrived at Sacramento about ten o'clock at night; this is
quite an impo[r]tant place, and is now the permanent Capitol.
The citizens, claim more enterprise and energy in p [r] opo [r] tion to
their population than the San Franciscans.
It is situated on the Sacramento River which is about like the
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