The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 42, July 1938 - April, 1939 Page: 328
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
June 14, 1851.
I have the honor to report that living at this post within striking
distance of some of the Indian tribes inhabiting the country near
the Clear Fork of the Brazos, I determined to make a visit to
these villages, in the hope and expectation of obtaining some
information which might prove interesting to the authorities in
I accordingly left the post on the 5th inst. in company with
Major Sibley of the 2nd Dragoons, attended by a small escort
from his command, and proceeded in a N.N.W. direction to Bar-
nard's trading house on the left bank of the Brasos, distant 32
miles, over a high prairie country, with occasional timber (post &
live oak) which was found chiefly on small streams. Fording the
Brazos at this point, we continued our course W.N.W. ten miles
to Comanche Peak, which we passed on our left, and encamped
twenty-two miles beyond the peak on the border of a stream
which emptied into a small lake enclosed in thick foliage. The
country passed over was high, rolling, and even mountainous. Still
pursuing our course W.N.W. we recrossed the Brasos 16 miles
beyond our last camp, and entered a rich & extensive valley upon
the border of that river. Fourteen miles beyond this valley &
pursuing the same direction, over a high, precipitous and exceed-
ingly rocky country we came to the Ioni Village.'
Here we again crossed the Brasos and continued the same course
for 8 miles, over a rolling country, mostly prairie, with some
meskeet timber sparsely scattered, when the country became moun-
tainous & rocky for a few miles to the border of the same river
which we again crossed by fording. After crossing, the country
suddenly assumed a more rugged & mountainous aspect, continually
ascending to table lands in steps, from the margin of which were
opened extensive and beautiful views with high mountain peaks in
the distance. One of these peaks was passed on our left within a mile
of the river; another to which we gave the name of "Bald-Head,"
from its characteristic features," some two miles further on, and
1About ten miles southwest of Mineral Wells and still known as "Village
2Long known as "McAdams' Peak" after Captain W. C. McAdams, an
early day Ranger and Indian fighter whose ranch lands included the peak.
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