The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 29, July 1925 - April, 1926 Page: 45
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From Texas to California in 1849
branch of the River Concho, a Small but rapid Stream that winds
its way through the hill in a North Easterly direction. The road
from the San Saba to this Creek passes over a rugged and poor
country-destitute of Timber, and affording no water, the greater
part of the year. Last night and night before we camped in the
Open Prarie without water-and having thrown away our supply
after meeting Maj Neighbours our Stock necessarily suffered
much. We discovered a few Antelopes on the road, but could not
kill any- Prarie Dogs are numerous-they are about the size of
a Rabbit, and seem quite fierce when anything approaches their
towns. This portion of Texas is exceedingly poor, and so barren
that I am of opinion it will always remain uninhabited-
We have found letters here from each of the Companys ahead,
left as they state for the information of travelers generally- One
contains the particulars of the death of young Fuller from Houston,
he was killed by the accidental discharge of his own Pistol-- I
am writing this within a few feet of his grave- the whistle has
sounded to gear up- So I must dry up for the present-
May 31st. We reached the main Concho thirty miles below its
source, yesterday about noon. It is a dirty, sluggish stream and
the water has a very disagreeable taste. The valley of this Stream
is much inferior in quality of soil to those of the Llano and San
Saba. it is almost destitute of Timber, and the grass is very in-
different-which however is partly owing to the dry weather which
seems to have been of long duration- We caught some very fine
Cat fish-and found wild Currents of the largest and best quality.
We have had no Indian excitement yet nor indeed have we even
seen a Red Man. Our road Continues up the valley of this River
in a SW direction-
Sunday June 3rd. We are now encamped in the Rio Pecos and
whilst the Company are taking their Siesta, I will write up my
log for the past two days- From the head of the Concho to this
River, the Country may be termed a perfect waste, it is in fact
a vast plain, without timber or water, and but little grass, and
yet we have made this drive, a distance of seventy miles in two
days- I never saw the earth so dry as it is in this district, vegi-
tation is Completely burned up, and every water hole is dry as a
"bone yard." I suppose the water that Maj Neighbours found
has all evaporated since he passed along- I hope that I may never
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