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BAYS AND STREAMS.
Valle de Flores, enters the Colorado from the west,
twelve miles above Austin, the capital of Texas.
The stream runs for 600 yards from its source
through a solid block resembling marble, and then
breaks into a perpendicular fall of twenty feet.
Twenty-two miles above Austin, the Piedernales,
or Flint River, enters the Colorado from the west.
Althouglh its length does not exceed seventy miles,
it is so much increased by tributary waters from
mountain springs, that it rivals the main stream in
volume near the point of confluence. Its banks are
very steep, its current gentle, and its waters so
transparent, that the pebbles in its bed are visible
at a depth of many feet.
The Llano River flows from the same quarter as
the Piedernales, which, as a body of water, it much
resembles. A few miles above the mouth of the
Llano, and four miles below Hunting Creek, are
the great Falls of the Colorado, a succession of
cascades extending about 800 yards. The first
fall is about twenty feet perpendicular :-within 100
yards there is another of ten, and thus they continue
until they reach a perpendicular height of
nearly 100 feet. The Colorado flows with undiminished
size and an untroubled current for about
200 miles above the Falls; in these characteristics
resembling the Brazos.
The San Saba, a river of excellent water, about
200 miles in length, rises in a spur of the Guadalupe
mountains, winding throughout its course between
two hilly ridges, which extend from the
mountains almost to the margin of the Colorado.
The tributaries of this river are few and small.
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Kennedy, William. Texas: the rise, progress, and prospects of the Republic of Texas, Vol.1, book, January 1, 1841; London. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth2389/m1/97/: accessed October 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .