The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 29, July 1925 - April, 1926 Page: 48
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Southwoestern Historical QuaLrterly
out water, road hard and smooth but dusty- the appearance of
the Country is entirely changed, we are once more surrounded by
hills- the grass has improved, though the land is still poor. This
creek affords an abundance of small fish- the water is strongly
impregnated with Sulphur--which makes it unpleasant to drink.
13th. Our camp is situated in what I would term a romantic
spot- A beautiful valley surrounded by a continuation of mon-
strous hills rolling and receding in the distance like billows of the
Ocean, this is the foreground. A few miles to the Northward
stands forth the majestic Guadelupe, nature grandest spectacle,
a wall as it were extending from earth to Heaven, grand beautiful
sublime-but we must pass over it. another time I will attempt
a discription- would that I could picture a sunset or a dawn of
morning reflected from its marble cliffs, the soft transparent clouds
that veil its front, the halo of purple vapour that encircles its
summit- What more could a painter wish? What more could
the artist want to call forth the genius of the soul- Our march
today was as devoid of interest and incident as the preceding-
this is a limestone country and the surface of the ground in many
places resembles a bed of lime ready slacked. There have been
very high winds from the West for several days-
San Martin Spring. June 15th. The train "rolled out" yes-
terday morning at the usual hour and travelling ten miles camped
at the head of Savine Creek or Sulphur Springs- this place is
remarkable on account of the variety of waters and their proximity
to each other. Sulphur limestone & freestone water flowing from
the same hill and commingling within a few feet from their source.
the sulphur water is warm and large lumps of brimstone are con-
tinually running from the spring- In the evening we traveled six
miles and camped without water- Reached this place this morning
at 10 Oclock-bad road but no accidents. We are encamped in
a small valley, shaded by a few Live Oaks and near a Spring of
delightful freestone water- It is eight miles from this place to
the entrance of Guadelupe Pass, in getting through which we an-
ticipate much difficulty-" Thompson's Company left here yes-
terday- " Murcherson's Company the day before- Since leaving
"Neighbors and Ford had probably told them that the pass would be
difficult for wagons. Sec Murchison to Richardson in appendix.
""This company [Thompson's] will be amply provided with wagons,
and will consist of about three hundred persons, among them several fam-
ilies." Texas Democrat, April 21, 1849.
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