The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 29, July 1925 - April, 1926 Page: 41
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From Texas to California in 1849
blended, or perhaps it was the high mountains surrounding the
town that so forcibly reminded me of a Sink, but whatever may
have been the cause I certainly thought it the most inicquitous
looking place that I ever saw. We left Austin on the 5th and
traveled fifteen miles, and camped in a beautiful valley affording
good water and grass. During the evening I killed a fine turkey--
At this place we were joined by a party of six men having three
waggons-Lafayette Black, an old acquaintance from Caney was
of the number-
6th. Travled eighteen miles. Black killed a deer in the eve-
ning-during the night Moon lost his Horses and an unsuccessful
search having been made for them in the morning induced us to
believe them stolen. I put my mules in his waggon and the Party
moved on five miles to our present encampment. Three of us
went in persuit of the Horses and found them that evening-
About 9 o'clock we were visited by a flood of rain and heavy wind,
which blew down our tents, swept the covers off the waggons and
completely drenched our boding, Arms, Saddles etc. which has
caused us to lay by today for repairs- Another party of six men
from Cherokee County have joined us today.
May 15th. Many important occurrances have intervened since
the foregoing remarks, some of which I fear I shall not be able
to recall to mind- The morning of the 9th we again took up the
line of march, our company being now considerably augmented,
and that day travled about twenty miles- the next day the same
distance, the greater part of the way being up the valley of the
Perdenales, which we found more pleasant than the hills. The
land along this Stream appears to be rich and easily tilled, the
timber growth is entirely Post Oak and Live Oak, and generally
of an inferior quality- flowers are plentiful and increasing in
variety- I have noticed several species of the Cactus, and great
quantities of the American Allow- Game is quite plenty on this
Arrived at Fredericksburg the evening of the 11th inst-pass-
ing through the Mormon town four miles below-4 The Town is
situated on the North bank of the Perdenales, and has a population
of about two hundred- there is a Saw and grist mill in the place,
4Zodiac, established in 1847 under the leadership of Elder Wright, and
described by Bartlett in 1850, as a village of one hundred and fifty thrifty
and industrious persons. Bartlett's Narrative, I, 58.
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