Texas: the rise, progress, and prospects of the Republic of Texas, Vol.1 Page: 98 of 432
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For forty miles above its confluence with the Colorado,
the San Saba is about fifty yards wide, and
generally deep, but obstructed by numerous shoals.
The Pecan Bayou which enters the river Colorado
about twenty-five miles above the mouth of
the San Saba, has a course about 120 miles in
length: 100 miles above the mouth of the Pecan
Bayou the Pasigono River enters the Colorado from
the north-east. Its tributaries are the Piaroya,
the Muchique, and the Salado Creeks. Above the
mouth of the Pasigono, the principal branches of
the Colorado are the Pisape junova, Arroyo Frio,
and the Aguilas.
The general appearance of the Colorado is similar
to the Thames from Chelsea to Richmond, being,
perhaps, rather larger than the English river.
During the dry season, at low water, its average
depth may be from six to eight feet, except at the
shoals. Of these there are but three of importance,
composed of large loose rocks, easy to be removed.
Even now, they admit the passage of boats drawing
two feet of water. When the contemplated
improvements have been completed, it is anticipated
that the Colorado will be navigable by small
steamers of a suitable construction, as high as
Austin, which is about 220 miles above its embouchure.
Measures are in progress for removing the
raft of drift-wood above the mouth of the river.
Trespalacios Bay is situated at the confluence of
the creek which bears the same name, with the
bay of Matagorda. Vessels that cross the bar at
Matagorda Pass can approach nearly close to the
shore at this place. Twelve miles west of Trespa
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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/m1/98/: accessed October 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .